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    Dear Vues Master
    As of this past Monday prices on kosher meat
    products have skyrocketed due to a “drastic” price
    hike by a large wholesaler. In a message sent to
    stores last week, Springfield Wholesale Meat

    Distributor wrote: “Regretably, we have been in-
    formed by Solomon’s of a drastic price increase

    on domestic beef that will be implemented begin-
    ning this week.” Can someone please help me

    understand why we are all sitting back and just
    accepting that with little to no valid explanation,

    our meat bills will just go up 80%? Someone sug-
    gested to me that for the next 3 or 4 weeks, people

    should freeze meat, and under no circumstances
    buy any for 3 weeks. The stores, distributors, etc.,
    will very quickly get the message – after they lose
    hundreds of thousands of dollars, that we will not
    just sit back and accept this absolute insanity. We
    must act now!!!

    Vues Master’s Note: I have one word. BOY-

    Dear Vues Master
    Breadberry just sent this out a little while ago & I think
    your readers would appreciate it. Upcoming Changes to
    Our Meat Department Everyone has been talking about the
    price increase on American beef this past week. Those in the
    industry have been discussing this for months. There is a lot
    of misinformation out there. I am not going to speculate as
    to why the price is going up; I only know that it is, and it’s
    for the long term. The opinions and strategies presented in
    this letter are composed of both my own and those of my
    team, based on our daily experience purchasing American

    beef. Before diving in, I believe it’s crucial to distinguish be-
    tween imported and American beef. Imported beef in the US

    usually comes from Mexico, Argentina, and Uruguay. There
    are different producers for each category, and even within

    specific regions, there are vast differences in quality. His-
    torically, imported kosher beef has been lower quality than

    its American counterparts. The quality differences are due to
    many factors: the breeds being used, how the cows are fed

    and finished, how they are slaughtered, aged, butchered, pro-
    cessed, packaged, and shipped. The discerning kosher beef

    eaters have always chosen American beef. That being said,
    not all American beef is equal either. However, American
    beef as a whole is of superior quality to the imported that is
    currently available to the average consumer. Like all things,
    quality is relative. Not everyone loves a richly marbled piece
    of grain-fed rib steak; some people prefer a leaner, grass-fed

    beef. Over the past few years, I have witnessed a tremendous
    increase in the quality of imported beef. The price difference
    as a whole isn’t that dramatic between the current price of

    American beef (as of July 20th, 2023) and the price of im-
    ported beef, which has slowly been making its way closer to

    American beef prices over the years. Additionally, as of this
    week, I’ve been informed that there are no price increases for
    imported beef. However, due to its newfound demand owing
    to its now attractive pricing, the costs may go up because
    of supply issues. There are already regular shortages of the
    more premium imported cuts. As far as increasing pricing,

    not every meat vendor has increased their prices for Ameri-
    can beef yet, but the upcoming hikes are poised to impact the

    industry in the weeks to come. At Breadberry, we adjust our
    pricing in line with cost changes. We always strive to avoid

    premature price increases; particularly given the current eco-
    nomic challenges many kosher-observing families are fac-
    ing. Nevertheless, price increases are inevitable. To mitigate

    the effects of these higher prices for American beef, we will
    begin offering an alternative to American Beef: premium

    beef from South America. This beef is available at more af-
    fordable rates. Up until now, we’ve used American beef for

    approximately 95% of our sales. However, I anticipate this
    ratio shifting closer to 50/50. Unlike five years ago, there are

    now numerous high-quality beef options available from out-
    side the U.S. It’s important to note that these options are not

    all on par with one another, and consumers should certainly
    further educate themselves on this matter. At Breadberry,
    we are committed to transparency and label our meat when
    it’s imported. We will continue this practice, enabling our

    well-informed customers to make their own decisions. Con-
    sumers should demand that their butchers do the same. Hon-
    esty in labeling. As a butcher, it’s challenging to steer away

    from beef (pun intended). There simply isn’t a substitute for
    a good steak. With the coming changes, though, a quality
    steak may become more of a celebratory meal rather than a

    casual midday dinner with friends. Regardless of the cur-
    rent situation, since the onset of COVID, our deli has shifted

    towards a more poultry-centric menu. For the past two years
    we’ve been using more affordable cuts of beef and elevating
    their appeal with modern cooking techniques and processes.
    This isn’t the first crisis the kosher food industry has faced.
    As we do every day, we will face the challenges as they are

    presented and will do our best to overcome them while con-
    tinuously offering a great product at a fair price.

    Isaac Bernstein
    Culinary Partner
    Vues Master’s Note: Thanks for sending! Very well said!

    Dear Vues Master
    As I drive upstate I always notice how couples

    walk together on the side of the highway. In the-
    ory it’s probably very nice for couples to spend

    time with each other for shalom bayis, especially
    while exercising. Unfortunately I’ve also been
    noticing lately how at least one of the people
    walking is talking on their cell phone. Besides it
    being unsafe, what happened to the private time
    the couples have? Most couples dont see each
    other the entire week, because the men go back
    to the city to work. How does this help shalom
    bayis? I think people should try to spend time
    with their spouse focusing on what their spouse is
    saying & not talking to someone else!

    Vues Master’s Note: I couldn’t agree more! As the
    saying goes “a happy wife is a happy life”.

    Dear Vues Master
    This Motzei Shabbos is Shabbos Nachamu & it’s
    interesting how there are no big concerts again

    this year upstate. A lot of colonies bring in enter-
    tainment but there are no big concerts. The last

    two years people have said that there were no
    concerts because of covid. That is no longer an
    excuse. I remember the good old days when they
    had Avraham Fried & MBD at the racetrack. No
    Vues Master’s Note: I miss those concerts also!
    They were great.Unfortunately there aren’t too
    many venues upstate that are big enough for
    concert promoters to make money. Bethel Woods
    is large but very expensive & most places don’t
    want to start a concert at 11pm. Shabbos ends
    so late that 11pm is probably the earliest a large
    concert can start.

    Dear Vues Master
    I just want to thank Hatzolah, Shomrim &

    Chaverim for all the great work they’ve been do-
    ing this summer. Unfortunately there have been a

    lot of accidents this summer & each of these vol-
    unteer organizations have been fantastic! Tizku

    L’mitzvos & THANK YOU!!!
    Vues Master’s Note: There is a reason why modim

    is the only bracha every one has to say by them-
    selves & they can’t be yotzei by hearing someone

    else. It’s important for people to be thankful for
    people that help the tzibur. Hatzolah, Shomrim &
    Chaverim are all excellent organizations & we
    should all say Thank you to them on a regular

    Dear Vues Master
    This past erev Shabbos was the passing

    of a good friend of mine Raphael Yaa-
    kov Yisroel (Raphi) Strauss z”l. He was

    37. I met him many years ago at Camp
    Simcha. In the realm of extraordinary
    individuals, Raphi was at the top of

    the list. Raphi was graced with a heart-
    warming smile despite being born with

    the rare condition of xeroderma pig-
    mentosum (XP). This hereditary ailment

    rendered him profoundly sensitive to the

    sun’s harmful rays, making his day-to-
    day life a delicate dance with extreme

    sun sensitivity. Amidst the trials and
    tribulations that life bestowed upon him,
    Raphi – who lived in Teaneck, Monsey,
    and Bnei Brak – displayed unparalleled
    resilience and embraced his challenges

    with unwavering faith and equanim-
    ity. Throughout almost four decades, he

    courageously faced hundreds of proce-
    dures, each one a testament to his un-
    wavering spirit. Raphi’s journey began

    the day he was born in a Haifa hospital.
    He was a preemie. By the time he was
    11 months old, doctors realized that he
    was suffering from a rare skin condition
    that was exacerbated by sunlight. Later,

    a specialist at Beilinson Hospital identi-
    fied the condition as xeroderma pigmen-
    tosum, a rare genetic illness in which

    the slightest exposure to the sun’s UV
    rays could cause the rapid development
    of cancerous growths on the skin. With
    all the things that he had to deal with on
    a day to day basis throughout his life he
    always had a simchas hachayim. He will
    be missed by many people. I will never
    forget him.
    Vues Master’s Note: Yehi zichro boruch.

    Dear Vues Master

    It is perfectly permissible to make a si-
    yum during the nine days of mourning

    over the two Beis Hamikdash that were
    destroyed. It’s permissible to make the
    siyum in order to eat meat, and although
    discouraged by many poskim, it’s even
    permissible to plan, hasten, or delay
    one’s regular learning schedule to make
    a siyum during the nine days. While it’s

    permissible to make a siyum to eat meat
    during the nine days, I’m not in favor of
    the practice. The mourning process that

    begins with the three weeks, and pro-
    gresses through the nine days, the week

    of Tisha B’av, and finally to Tisha B’av
    itself, is designed to stir feelings of loss
    and use those feelings of loss to inspire
    introspection and repentance. This time
    of the year is designed to focus on the
    loss of the specific Divine Providence
    that protects the Jewish people. It is only
    through repentance that we can hope to
    return to the national existence we once

    enjoyed. Planning siyumim, while per-
    missible, isn’t where we should ideally

    be putting our thoughts and efforts. We
    should be taking advantage of the nine
    days to focus on areas we can improve
    on in our own lives.
    Vues Master’s Note: There are many
    restaurants that have siyumim every
    night of the nine days & it really defeats
    the reason why we have this period of

    Dear Vues Master

    New York City, facing an overwhelm-
    ing influx of migrants, has announced

    plans to distribute fliers at the south-
    ern border to caution potential arrivals

    that there is “no guarantee” they will
    receive sufficient help if they come to
    the city. Mayor Eric Adams emphasized
    that the city’s capacity to accommodate

    migrants has reached its limit after tak-
    ing in approximately 90,000 migrants

    since April of the previous year. Mayor
    Adams, a Democrat who previously
    declared NYC a sanctuary city, stated,

    “We have no more room,” underscor-
    ing the challenges that America’s largest

    city is grappling with due to the ongo-
    ing surge in migrant arrivals. He pointed

    out that Republican-led states have been
    transporting migrants to Democratic-run
    areas as a form of protest against border
    policies. The fliers, in both English and

    Spanish, urge migrants to consider set-
    tling in another city within the United

    States. They highlight the high cost of

    living in New York City, including ex-
    penses related to food, transportation,

    and other necessities. The fliers also ex-
    plicitly state that the city cannot guar-
    antee housing and other social services

    for new arrivals. With its population of
    8.3 million people, New York City has
    reached its capacity to accommodate
    additional migrants. This is going to
    put New York in debt for decades. The
    mayor must be more vigilant in getting
    immigrants out of New York!! should
    Vues Master’s Note: New York taxpayers
    will be paying for these immigrants for
    decades. It’s just another reason why we
    should be leaving New York & going to

    Dear Vues Master

    Having siyumim, playing acapella mu-
    sic & having instructional swim in my

    opinion is a cop out. They all defeat the
    reason why we have the nine days of
    Vues Master’s Note: There are many
    rabbanim that allow these kulahs. If you
    don’t feel comfortable with them, don’t
    do them & speak to your own rabbi.

    Dear Vues Master
    I just want to tell you how much my family

    loves the Country Vues. We live in Lake-
    wood & do not get the Jewish Vues all year

    round. We wish that it was delivered there.
    The Country Vues is by far the best Jewish
    weekly publication out there!! We love the
    interviews, the columnists, the jokes, the
    fun questions & the ads! Please keep up
    the good work!!

    Vues Master’s Note: Thank you!! We al-
    ways love compliments. If there is any way

    for us to make the paper better, please let
    us know. We appreciate feedback.

    Dear Vues Master
    I see many times how people come into
    a store and make their demands without
    waiting in line or saying good morning

    or excuse me or thank you. It is not po-
    lite and you’re making a bad name for

    us. I once saw a young kid tell the shoe
    store worker to put in the shoe laces for
    him since that’s what you’re being paid

    for! Or a kid who told me that I’m sit-
    ting in his makom kavuah even though

    I was a guest. His father agreed with his

    son that it was his son’s makom kavuah-
    what Chinuch! I guess we’re helping

    to bring Moshiach- Chuzpa Yaasgeh-
    Mishna Sota


    Vues Master’s Note: Derech Eretz Kad-
    ma L’Torah! My pre-1A rebbie taught

    me that.

    Dear Vues Master
    Hillel Fuld (Ari Fulds brother) posted
    this online a few months ago & I think
    that your readership would love it. A
    man came home from work late, tired
    and irritated, to find his 5-year old son

    waiting for him at the door. SON: ‘Dad-
    dy, may I ask you a question?’ DAD:

    ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the man.
    SON: ‘Daddy, how much do you make
    an hour?’ DAD: ‘That’s none of your
    business. Why do you ask such a thing?’
    the man said angrily. SON: ‘I just want
    to know. Please tell me, how much do
    you make an hour?’ DAD: ‘If you must
    know, I make $50 an hour.’ SON: ‘Oh,’
    the little boy replied, with his head

    down. SON: ‘Daddy, may I please bor-
    row $25?’ The father was furious, ‘If the

    only reason you asked that is so you can
    borrow some money to buy a silly toy
    or some other nonsense, then you march
    yourself straight to your room and go to
    bed. Think about why you are being so
    selfish. I don’t work hard everyday for
    such childish frivolities.’ The little boy
    quietly went to his room and shut the
    door. The man sat down and started to
    get even angrier about the little boy’s

    questions. How dare he ask such ques-
    tions only to get some money? After

    about an hour or so, the man had calmed
    down, and started to think: Maybe there
    was something he really needed to buy
    with that $25.00 and he really didn’t ask
    for money very often. The man went
    to the door of the little boy’s room and
    opened the door. ‘Are you asleep, son?’

    He asked. ‘No daddy, I’m awake,’ re-
    plied the boy. ‘I’ve been thinking, may-
    be I was too hard on you earlier’ said the

    man. ‘It’s been a long day and I took out
    my aggravation on you. Here’s the $25
    you asked for.’ The little boy sat straight

    up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you daddy!’ he
    yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow
    he pulled out some crumpled up bills.
    The man saw that the boy already had
    money, and started to get angry again.
    The little boy slowly counted out his
    money, and then looked up at his father.
    ‘Why do you want more money if you

    already have some?’ the father grum-
    bled. ‘Because I didn’t have enough, but

    now I do,’ the little boy replied. ‘Daddy,
    I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of
    your time? Please come home early
    tomorrow. I would like to have dinner
    with you.’ The father was crushed. He
    put his arms around his little son, and
    he begged for his forgiveness. It’s just
    a short reminder to all of you working
    so hard in life. We should not let time
    slip through our fingers without having
    spent some time with those who really
    matter to us, those close to our hearts.
    Do remember to share that worth of
    your time with someone you love. If
    we die tomorrow, the company that we
    are working for could easily replace us
    in a matter of hours… But the family &
    friends we leave behind will feel the
    loss for the rest of their lives.
    Vues Master’s Note: Very well said!


    Dear Vues Master

    This past Monday YWN obtained cop-
    ies of letters about yeshiva education

    that the Adams Administration did not

    want us yidden to see. The letters re-
    vealed that in many instances the City

    gave yeshivas poor grades despite the

    fact that they covered the required ma-
    terial. In several cases, yeshivas were

    penalized because the City wants to re-
    place its values for those of the yeshiva.

    For example, several yeshivas were
    given a failing grade even though their
    English Language Arts classes taught
    their students how to read and write.
    What was the City’s problem? The City
    complained that “the instruction did not
    include a range of fiction and nonfiction
    texts that would create opportunities for

    children to engage with a variety of top-
    ics and texts.” In other words, teaching

    our children how to read is not enough.

    The City insists that they be taught us-
    ing books that it chooses. Of course,

    frum parents do not want the City or the

    State or any outsider choosing the ma-
    terial that our children are exposed to.

    Other yeshivas failed because they did
    not have a “scope and sequence.” If you
    do not know why that means yeshiva
    kids are not learning, you’re not alone.
    One yeshiva was given a failing grade in
    science even though the City conceded
    that the “seventh-grade physical science

    class on parallel circuits covered grade-
    appropriate topics using an effective ex-
    periment . . . students made independent

    observations and used the circuit boards

    to demonstrate that energy can be trans-
    ferred by electric currents.” What was

    the problem? A fourth grade teacher
    was not as dynamic as his colleague.
    And of course, this school also lacked a
    “scope and sequence.” City bureaucrats
    also worked hard to find fault with the
    hard-working teachers in our yeshivas.
    Their criticisms often had nothing to do

    with what went on in the classroom. In-
    stead, the City focused on hiring and re-
    cruitment policies. In one case, a school

    failed even though the classroom in-
    struction was good and even though the

    school had appropriate policies. What
    was the City’s concern? The yeshiva
    supposedly didn’t maintain applications
    and resumes to prove that the teachers it
    hired satisfied those policies. This is a
    bureaucracy run amok. City bureaucrats
    who have never been inside a classroom
    are torturing and abusing our schools
    and our community. We implore Mayor

    Adams to put a stop to this madness be-
    fore it is too late.

    Vues Masters Note: Thank you Yeshiva
    World News for exposing this!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A man once came to the Beis HaLevi to

    ask a halachic question. “Is one permit-
    ted to use milk for the arba kosos (four

    cups) on Pesach instead of wine?” R’
    Soloveitchik asked if there was some
    medical reason the man could not drink
    wine. As he questioned the man, it came
    out that he could not afford wine. The
    Rov told him, “No, one may not use
    milk instead of wine,” and gave him a
    “loan” of twenty rubles for wine. The

    Beis HaLevi’s family questioned him
    after the fellow left. “Wine doesn’t cost
    so much money. Why did you give him
    twenty rubles?! “Didn’t you hear what
    he said?” asked the Rav. “He asked if
    he could use milk. Since we don’t mix
    meat and milk, that means he couldn’t

    afford meat for the Seder either! I mere-
    ly gave him enough money for his true

    Vues Master’s Note: It is a good thing

    the guy did not want to use Ben and Jer-
    ry’s Ice cream for the Seder as he would

    have to boycott it!!

    Dear Vues Master:

    I am not understanding what the contro-
    versy with these sheitels are? Can you

    shed some light? Before I shed some
    hair trying to decide what wig to buy? Is
    this a cover-up of a big problem? I think

    if you can answer this I would recom-
    mend you as a person who can extricate

    someone from hairy situations.
    Vues Master’s Note: All kidding aside
    this is a question you should ask your
    Rabbi. Is it a lack of tznius for a woman
    to show off something that may look like
    her scalp etc. I believe every woman

    should be in touch with her rav for guid-

    Dear Vues Master:

    Smoking is a form of suicide and pro-
    hibited under Halacha. Do not smoke.

    H T
    Master’s Note: What about marijuana?
    I don’t see anyone railing against that?

    Dear Vues Master

    The sefer of Devorim reviews the differ-
    ent events that occurred to the Yidden in

    the Midbar. One of those is their battle

    with Oig. His life was a long and inter-
    esting one. Some say that he along with

    Seechoin were born before the Mabul
    and survived the Mabul by hanging on
    to the outside of the Teiva. Oig was the
    Polit who warned Avrohom Avinu that
    Loit was captured by Amrufel of the
    Maluchim. He was called by some the

    first Polit-ician. The famous question
    is if he was such a bad guy why did he
    help Avrohom Avinu by giving him this
    intelligence? Some say that he wanted
    Avrohom Avinu to try and rescue him

    and be killed cv”s so that he could mar-
    ry Sura. Some give a different answer.

    There were two Oigen; they were twins.
    The one who tried to save Loit; he was
    the Ayin Toiv. The one who was allied
    with Bilaam was the Ayin Ra. The first

    remez is at the end of Parshas Bere-
    ishis where it say that Noach mutza

    chein be’einei Hashem with the plural
    of Oigen since Noach spelt backwards
    is Chein – forwards and backwards.
    SeeChein was able to see the chein in
    the Ayin Toiv since at that time he still
    had the right Cheshbon; that’s why he
    was saved. Only later did he become
    corrupted by Bilaam. In Pirkei Avos
    the second Perek mentions that Rebbi
    Eliezer says that one should follow the
    way of Ayin Toiva and stay away from

    the Ayin Ra. In the fifth Perek it fur-
    ther elaborates that Ayin Toiv was from

    the Talmidim of Avrohom while Ayin
    Ra was from the talmidim of Bilaam
    which aligns to what was said before.
    So Oig Ra was killed by Moshe in the

    battle. What does Bilaam say in Par-
    shas Balok, “va’kisu es Ein ha’artez” –

    Moshe killed the Oig Ra. The killing
    of Oig had a damaging effect on Bilaam
    himself. He became a Sha’soom Ayin
    – blind in one Oig. He lost part of his
    powers and could only bless the Yidden.
    What happened to the Oig Toiv? It could
    be that he took over afterwards and led
    a peaceful life. Before that, he was an
    ophthalmologist, as it says in Parshas
    Devarim – “va’Oig Melech ha’bushon
    huyu me’yeser ha’Refuim” – the last of
    the great eye doctors.
    Vues Masters Note: Interesting Voirt!