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    Dear Vues Master
    Why are groceries & bakeries upstate not putting
    prices on the items they sell? This is becoming a new
    trend upstate which I think is illegal in New York.
    So many times I get up to the register and the price
    for an item I want is so expensive that I would have
    never picked it up if I knew the price before I got to
    the register.
    Vues Master’s Note: I think the store owners will tell
    you two reasons. 1- They dont have enough workers
    these days to put a price on everything. 2- Grocery
    prices fluctuate so much these days that it’s hard to

    put a price down today when the price goes up tomor-
    row. It’s still not right though.

    Dear Vues Master:
    During the summer months, the center of Jewish

    life in the New York Metropolitan Area shifts “Up-
    state” to the Catskill Mountains. Countless Jews have

    the zechus and privilege to pass through the iconic

    Woodbourne Shul, where around the clock, through-
    out the summer, Jews of all types and stripes make

    their way to daven and learn, make a ‘pit-stop’, have
    a bite to eat, and get a little rest baderech. This holy
    place of prayer and gathering is maintained by one of

    the great men of our generation, Rav Mordechai Jun-
    greis, the Nikolsburg Rebbe, shlita. The Nikolsburger

    is a humble melamed, overflowing with ahavas Yis-
    rael, wonderful and righteous through and through.

    Day in and day out, he can be found shuffling around

    the shul, pouring people drinks, serving food, sweep-
    ing up, greeting everyone with a huge smile and hug,

    and always with patience, kindness, and a niggun on
    his lips. I once came upon the Nikolsberger while he
    was restocking the fridge and carrying seltzer bottles
    to refresh the masses and I offered a hand: “Rebbe,

    please don’t strain yourself, I’ll get it,” I said, mov-
    ing toward the cases of bottles. “Ah, but this is my

    zechus and my pleasure,” he smiled, “What’s better
    than to give a thirsty Yid something to drink?” May
    the culmination of Sefer Bamidbar this week mark
    the end of our journey through exile on our way to
    the Promised Land. And until then, may Am Yisrael
    be blessed with an abundance of beverages, refreshed
    with a good drink, enlivened with a hot coffee—and

    a glimpse of the chasadim that Hashem is perform-
    ing for us through the humble tzadikim all around us.

    And thus, may we be revived, and blessed with the
    strength, to continue onward to our destination: the
    full and true Redemption!
    Vues Master’s Note: What a great person!

    Dear Vues Master

    I know that it is discussed every year but it still both-
    ers me. During the three weeks the acapella music is

    so good these days that it doesn’t sound any different

    than the non acapella music. How do our rabbis al-
    low people to listen to acapella music during the three

    Vues Master’s Note: Although some of the acapella
    music that is coming out these days is pretty good, I
    think most of them are actually pretty bad. Please ask
    your local rabbi this question.

    Dear Vues Master
    The amount of money sleep away camps charge these
    days is absurd. With all the other expenses throughout
    the year, why do camps have to charge these insane
    amounts ?
    Vues Master’s Note: I know everyone needs to make a
    parnassah. Everything is expensive these days. BUT
    it’s still crazy!

    Dear Vues Master
    It seems that there are more car accidents
    upstate than ever before. People should

    be careful not to speed on the roads up-
    state & not text while driving. Hatzolah

    is busier than ever this summer & we all
    must be more careful on the roads!
    Vues Master’s Note: We can’t stress it
    enough! People be careful when you
    drive. No speeding or texting while on
    the road. And yes, a big THANK YOU to
    Hatzolah for all the great work they do.

    Dear Vues Master:
    I would like to raise awareness about an

    important issue. I was checking out a Jew-
    ish business on google maps and I noticed

    the reviews. There were many reviews
    from yidden, a lot positive, but some
    really negative ones as well. I decided

    to check out some more Yiddishe busi-
    nesses and once again saw a whole bunch

    of negative reviews written by obviously
    frum people. Some of the reviews were
    extremely biting and can really harm the
    frumme owners parnassah . One sharp
    review written in frustration about how

    the waitress was extremely rude, the ser-
    vice inexcusably slow, the portions way

    too small and the prices way too high,

    or the food being soggy and tasting ter-
    rible and you will never come back and

    would not recommend this restaurant to
    anyone can totally negate a whole bunch
    of positive reviews in a consumer’s mind
    and send him somewhere else. I asked
    a prominent Rav if it’s muttar to leave
    a bad review and he responded that it’s
    the worst form of lashon horah .I think

    that it’s generally just a lack of aware-
    ness about the issur, and the irreparable

    damage that the business incurs that al-
    lows ppl to leave these reviews. To put

    it into context, I would say imagine you
    had a bad experience in a store and were
    so upset that you decided to stand right
    outside the store every day with a big
    sign proclaiming to the world that this is
    the worst store ever and everyone should
    stay away. Everyone understands that no
    matter how right you are and how wrong
    the store is that such behavior would
    be beyond the pale. A review online is
    pretty much the same thing. It is there to

    stay and is extremely harmful. ( Please

    be advised that one can remove his nega-
    tive reviews from google maps.) All are

    asked to spread this message and save the
    store owners from tremendous harm, and

    just as importantly,save ppl from the ter-
    rible issur of lashon harah.

    Raising awareness
    Vues Master’s Note: Could not agree with
    you more! What is even worse is when
    you have groups where people criticize
    new singers’ compositions!

    Dear Vues Master:

    Why is it that at every major Kosher su-
    permarket in Brooklyn you never see any

    Yidden working at the checkout stand? I

    see Jews begging for money almost ev-
    eryday on the street, but why won’t they

    work at these supermarkets? Aren’t we
    supposed to employ our own first? I hear
    the argument that it’s expensive to live in
    Brooklyn, yet all the Mexicans working
    at the checkout stand someone survive in
    the city and lots of them also have big
    families! What’s going on?
    Vues Master’s Note: These days no one
    wants to work. Big difference between a

    large Jewish and Mexican family is tu-
    ition and the price of kosher food!!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A poor person was invited for a Shabbos
    meal. The table was set with delicious

    foods. Being hungry, the עני helped him-
    self to a heaping plate of food and then

    took seconds, leaving very little for his
    host. The host turned to his guest and

    said: “Now I understand why we sepa-
    rate from the מלאכים who accompany

    us home on שבת ליל and say to them
    לשלום צאתכם before we sit down to the
    סעודה. Apparently, there is concern that
    if the מלאכים see the fine foods prepared
    for Shabbos, they’ll eat them all and not
    leave anything for their host.”
    Vues Master’s Note: This letter made me

    Dear Vues Master:

    Why does it rain every Sunday this sum-
    mer? My guess is that it will be beauti-
    ful on Sunday during the Nine days. It’s

    been a very rainy summer so far.
    Vues Master’s Note: It must be global
    warming! My grass has never been

    Dear Vues Master:

    A man runs into the vet’s office carry-
    ing his dog, screaming for help. The vet

    rushes him back to an examination room

    and has him put his dog down on the ex-
    amination table. The vet examines the still,

    limp body and after a few moments, tells
    the man that his dog, regrettably, is dead.
    The man, clearly agitated and not willing
    to accept this, demands a second opinion.
    The vet goes into the back room and comes
    out with a cat and puts the cat down next
    to the dog’s body. The cat sniffs the body,

    walks from head to tail, poking and sniff-
    ing the dog’s body and finally looks at the

    vet and meows. The vet looks at the man
    and says, “I’m sorry, but the cat thinks that

    your dog is dead, too,” The man is still un-
    willing to accept that his dog is dead. So

    the vet brings in a black Labrador retriever.
    The lab sniffs the body, walks from head to
    tail, and finally looks at the vet and barks.
    The vet looks at the man and says, “I’m
    sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead

    too.” The man, finally resigned to the diag-
    nosis, thanks the vet and asks how much he

    owes. The vet answers, “$650.” “$650 to
    tell me my dog is dead?” exclaims the man.
    “Well,” the vet replies, “I would only have
    charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis.
    The additional $600 was for the cat scan
    and lab tests.
    Vues Master’s Note: We need an urgent
    care for this joke!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Thanks so much for the great paper. It
    would be an incredible service if you
    could post davening times for the various
    minyanim in the mountains. Thanks!
    Vues Master’s Note: If you collect the
    times we will publish it!

    Dear Vues Master:
    What is the son-in-law of a משולח called

    in Yiddish? A collector’s eidem.

    Vues Master’s Note: Only if you pro-
    nounce it in Chassidishe Yiddish!

    Dear Vues Master:

    A rav and a גביר were once traveling to-
    gether in a coach when it hit a sharp turn

    and flipped over, with the two of them

    falling on top of each other. The rav com-
    mented: “We were just מקיים the expres-
    sion אחד במקום וגדולה תורה.“

    Vues Master’s Note: I won’t fall for this

    Dear Vues Master:
    I just finished reading the article in which
    Rabbi Elefant stated “The environment
    is an inappropriate environment”.The
    Rabbi is explaining why the ou does not

    give hashgacha to casinos as the envi-
    ronment is “inappropriate.” With all due

    respect.. Does this also apply to a restau-
    rant in which the OU gives hashgacha on

    and when you are seated at your table it
    is done with an “inappropriate” dressed
    waitress? I feel it is in the same category.
    Imagine a yeshiva boy taking a date there
    or anyone dining there in that matter. I
    was very taken aback when I walked into
    this restaurant with my husband. I asked
    a gadol this question and he assured me
    that when hashgacha is given on the

    food it encompasses the whole “environ-
    ment”. Please let me know what steps

    will be taken to make sure our KOSHER
    establishments are KOSHER all around.
    Thank you so much
    Vues Master’s Note: I would call the
    hashgacha agency and ask them directly.

    Dear Vues Master:
    It is common in Sephardic shuls for a
    person honored with an aliyah to read
    his portion if he knows how to do so.
    One day, a prominent Ashkenaz Rabbi

    who was a kohen was visiting out-of-
    town and went to the local Sephardic

    shul to daven. When asked, he respond-
    ed that yes, he is a kohen and he was

    given the aliyah. After the kohen made
    the bracha, the baal koreh pointed to

    the פרשה and told him to read. Un-
    prepared but embarrassed to decline,

    the Rabbi read but needed to be cor-
    rected several times. Several weeks

    later, knowing that he would need to
    again be in that town and that he might
    again be asked to read, indeed hoping

    that he would be given the opportuni-
    ty to redeem himself, the Rabbi care-
    fully reviewed the kohen portion. Sure

    enough, he was again honored with
    kohen and he read beautifully. The
    smile on his face quickly disappeared,
    however, when they called
    .כהן במקום לוי
    Vues Master’s Note: Time to do Shnayim

    Dear Vues Master:
    According והייתם נקיים -מה‘ ומישראל
    to the Chasam Sofer, the most difficult
    mitzvah in the Torah is,
    next s’It .”והייתם נקיים – מישראל”
    to impossible to fulfill this command.
    The Chasam Sofer (Shut 6 : 59) writes.
    “There are two obligations 1) To come

    clean from Hashem 2) from Bnei Yis-
    roel. It is much easier to fulfill the first

    obligation than the second one. The
    punishment for the second obligation
    is also much greater. (Chillul Hashem).
    You can have a person doing something
    which is Halachicly correct, but isn’t
    careful, and some “שכר שותי) “beer
    drinkers) mistakenly accuse him of

    wrongdoing, such a person has not ful-
    filled his obligation of

    מישראל נקיים והייתם. It is almost impos-
    sible to fulfill this obligation. It is very

    likely המלך שלמה had this in mind when
    he wrote בארץ צדיק אין We find the Bnei
    Gad etc. followed Moishe Rabbeinu’s
    advice and fought along with the other
    שבטים for 14 years. They were punished
    to be sent to Galus before the rest of Klal
    Yisrael, because they haven’t fulfilled
    100% of the obligation of נקיים והייתם .“
    Vues Master’s Note: To be honest with
    you, I don’t know how to respond to this

    Dear Vues Master:
    There are many who use the term PAS

    (Parental Alienation Syndrome) syn-
    onymous with parental “brainwash-
    ing” or “programming.” No reference

    is made to the child’s own contribution

    to the victimization of the targeted par-
    ent. Those who do this have missed an

    extremely important point regarding the
    etiology, manifestation, and even the
    treatment of PAS. The term PAS refers

    only to the situation in which the pa-
    rental programming is combined with

    the child’s own scenarios of disparage-
    ment of the vilified parent. Were we to

    be dealing here simply with parental

    indoctrination, I would have simply re-
    tained and utilized the term brainwash-
    ing and/or programming. Because the

    campaign of denigration involves the
    aforementioned combination, I decided
    a new term was warranted, a term that
    would encompass both contributory
    factors. Furthermore, it was the child’s
    contribution that led me to the concept
    of this etymology and pathogens of
    this disorder. The understanding of the
    child’s contribution is of importance in
    implementing the therapeutic guidelines
    I set forth. There are some who use the
    term parental alienation (PA) instead

    of PAS. Generally, these are individu-
    als who know of the existence of the

    PAS but want to avoid using it because
    it may be considered in some circles to
    be “politically incorrect.” However, PA
    is a more general term, whereas PAS
    is a very specific subtype of parental
    alienation. PA has many causes, e.g.,

    parental neglect, abuse (physical, emo-
    tional, and sexual), abandonment, and

    other alienating parental behavior. All

    of these behaviors on the part of a par-
    ent can produce alienation in the chil-
    dren. The PAS is a specific subcategory

    of PA that results from a combination of
    parental programming and the child’s

    own contributions, and it is almost ex-
    clusively seen in the context of child-
    custody disputes. Changing the name of

    an entity because of political and other
    unreasonable considerations generally

    does more harm than good. – Dr. Rich-
    ard A. Gardner Since this was written,

    twenty years ago, PA has become the
    default name; however, I would like

    to reintroduce PAS and avoid the “po-
    litical correctness” issue by giving it a

    double meaning, a double entendre. The

    new PAS means Parental Alienation Se-
    browed. Which means not only the child

    ‘s contribution but also the contribution
    of the extended alienating family and

    their constellations like teachers, thera-
    pists and theologians. Sebrowed comes

    from the Sebrow clan who turned my
    son against me with the help of the CCY
    and individual rabbis. Will they yet turn
    my son from a Sebrow to a Si(tt)ner?
    G-d forbid.
    Vues Master’s Note: It is a shame how
    you are trying to fight city hall and all
    you do is lose more and more respect!

    Dear Vues Master
    Debate is a way to argue out ideas
    between two or more sides who have
    opposite views. When a capitalist and
    a socialist debate, for example, the
    sides of free-market economics versus
    state-controlled economics are clearly
    delineated. However, there are times
    when one of the two sides in essence
    concedes the debate before it begins.
    This happens when the other side, the
    “loser”, argues within the world of his
    opponent. The above capitalist might
    believe in free-market economics,
    but while expressing his own point,
    he uses phrases like “the proletariat”

    or “oppressed laborers”, which un-
    dermines the integrity of his support

    for free-market policies. It’s self-de-
    grading if the capitalist freely chose

    those words; it’s defeating when the
    socialist “chose” it for him. In recent
    years, speech has taken a new role in
    society. Words used in speech were
    once subjected to objective meaning,
    however, in recent years, language has
    been redefined based on subjective
    political goals. In the political world,
    the Left has taken over narratives by
    hijacking language associated with
    political issues. Examples include;

    validating people’s “pronouns”, la-
    beling people with an anti-war stance

    as “Putin sympathizers”, re-wording

    child mutilation as “gender-affirm-
    ing healthcare”, equating a vaccine

    “skeptic” to an “anti-vaxxer”, equat-
    ing those that have questions on elec-
    tions to “election deniers”, etc. Just

    recently, Politico released guidelines

    to their staff to avoid using “offen-
    sive terms” like; mankind, manmade,

    biological women, illegal aliens, etc.
    The Left succeeds in this because
    of them constantly creating culture,

    which includes; creating constitution-
    al amendments on abortion, claiming

    systematic racism exists, or allow-
    ing millions of illegal aliens into the

    country, etc. Once their “culture uto-
    pia” is created, the language and sub-
    sequent narratives in the media must

    conform. Therefore, the above hijack
    of language is essential; any dissent
    to the accepted narrative is viewed as
    a threat. The Left’s stunning success

    in recreating reality puts them on con-
    stant offense. Republican politicians,

    on the other hand, are constantly ver-
    bally responding to the “radical left”,

    instead of playing the same game.
    Republicans fought to overrule Roe
    V. Wade for decades, and while they
    eventually succeeded, the effort was a
    defensive victory, not an offensive one

    furthering the Right’s own values. In-
    stead of the Right talking about “fam-
    ily values” or “morality”, Republicans

    simply responded to the Left-created

    “abortion/illegal immigration/gender-
    language” culture. Everything in life

    is not black and white except objec-
    tive truth, society though, has to func-
    tion. Therefore, using language that

    leans more toward truth is important
    as words in conversation can bring out
    a point to improve society. The Right
    needs to start creating a “language
    culture” to not only defend against the
    Left but to also advance their causes.

    The Left’s constant aggressive offen-
    sive approach will lead to a complete

    victory for them if all the Right’s dis-
    sent is simply dissent.


    Vues Master’s Note: Thank you for sub-
    mitting another interesting perspective.