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    Dear Vues Master
    It was amazing how so many Jewish music
    singers were in the Catskills this past Motzei
    Shabbos Nachamu at different colonies. I
    remember the old days when everyone went
    to the racetrack. Now every colony brings in
    their own entertainment.
    Vues Master’s Note: What’s crazy is how much
    each colony spent on getting these Jewish
    musicians to come to them! Colonies spent
    between $10k & $20k just for an hour and a
    half performance.

    Dear Vues Master
    I can’t believe we are starting the month of
    August this week. Before you know it, we will
    be back in school. I’m having such a great time
    this summer, I really dont want to think about
    it yet but I started getting lists of things I need
    to get for yeshiva this year & it’s getting me
    Vues Master’s Note: Elul is still a couple of
    weeks away. Don’t bother me yet!

    Dear Vues Master
    We have completed the period of the Three
    Weeks and are now in the period of Nechama.
    So let us look back and analyze some of the
    words. Devorim starts off with Eilu Ha’devorim
    – these are the words- but some interpret it as
    Ha’Devorim – the Bees. The words of rebuke

    are meant to sting like a bee. Later in the Parsha
    it say that the Amorim chased them “ka’asher
    ta’asenu ha’Devoirm” – like the bees. Actually
    this is consistent because the word Amorim
    can be interpreted as the Words. Words can
    sting like bees. At the beginning of the parsha,
    Lavan is mentioned. What does he have to
    do with the Yidden in the Midbar? Just as in
    the Hagadah, he is mentioned because he also
    “be’keish la’akoir es Ha’koil” – he wanted
    to destroy all the Yidden, he is mentioned
    here to go back to the roots of the chasudim
    of Hashem. In fact, Rashi says that Haman
    was the equivalent of Lavan – both wanted to
    destroy all the Yidden. Sometimes words are
    sung. In fact, some people might not know
    but that the Gabaim usually send the best baal
    tefillos to the amud the Shabbos before Tisha
    Ba’av. That’s why it’s call Shabbos Chazon.
    In the haftorah, we read words of toichacha
    but we also learn a little history. When
    someone had an ox, he typically would buy
    it, but a mule would be rented. It says, “yoda
    shoir es koineehu, va’chamoir Avis be’uluv”.
    Maaseh Avis Seemin La’banim. It goes to list
    symptoms of fasting – roish la’chuli – getting
    headaches. That one Hertz. The next week’s
    Haftorah is that of Parsha Nachamu. Why
    does it say Nachamu twice? There are many
    answers. For example, one is that the living
    will be consoled as well as the dead during
    the time of techiyas ha’meisim. But what the
    answers have in common is that Nachamu is
    short for Nuch a muhl – Hashem will console
    us again and again.
    Vues Master’s Note: Another great vort.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Dear Vues Master
    Do counselors need to tip their
    waiters in camp? I barely make any
    money at the camp I go to, but I feel
    that my waiter has been good to me
    all summer.
    Vues Master’s Note: If you can afford
    it, you probably should but I don’t
    think most waiters expect counselors
    to tip.

    Dear Vues Master
    There is a guy going around from
    restaurant to restaurant asking people
    for their phone numbers so that he can
    add you to a group that sends out a
    good shabbos message & inspirational
    messages. I think it’s great but a lot of
    people think it’s annoying. Should I
    give him my phone number?
    Vues Master’s Note: Why not? Try it.
    If it gets annoying, exit the group. It’s
    pretty easy to get out of a whatsapp

    Dear Vues Master
    In a recent poll conducted by the New
    York Times and Siena College, it was
    revealed that former President Donald
    Trump enjoys a significant lead of
    37 percentage points over Florida
    Governor Ron DeSantis in the GOP
    presidential race. The survey, released
    this past Monday, showed strong
    support for Trump, with 54 percent
    of likely voters favoring him. On
    the other hand, DeSantis lagged far
    behind with only 17 percent. Former
    Vice President Mike Pence, Senator
    Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and former U.S.
    Ambassador to the United Nations
    Nikki Haley each obtained three
    percent of the support.
    Vues Master’s Note: Trump’s fans
    love him & you can’t do anything to
    change their minds!

    Dear Vues Master
    This past Sunday my family went to
    the HASC experience at Camp HASC
    for the first time. It was fantastic.
    Joey Newcomb & Baruch Levine
    performed. They were great. I just
    want to publicly wish Camp HASC
    a big yasher koach for all the great
    work they do.
    Vues Master’s Note: When Camp
    HASC does something, they do it
    right!! Always have.

    Dear Vues Master
    This past Sunday was the petirah of
    Reb Eliezer Miller z”l. Reb Eliezer was
    a son of Rav Avigdor and Rebbetzin
    Ethel Miller zt”l and lived in Flatbush.
    A wonderful, gentle, giving individual,
    always with a good vort and a smile
    for every person, Reb Eliezer raised
    a beautiful mishpacha and carried his
    parents’ illustrious legacy with pride
    and dignity. He will be sorely missed
    by his family, friends, and admirers.
    Reb Eliezer is survived by his children,
    R’ Yehuda Miller, R’ Yeruchem Miller,
    Mrs. Rochel Blumenkrantz, Mrs. Rivky
    Hamada, R’ Yanky Miller, and R”
    Chaim Miller. He was predeceased by
    his son, R’ Sruly Miller z”l. His siblings
    are Rebbetzin Shainy Brog, Rebbetzin
    Libby Leshinsky, and Rebbetzin
    Devorah Kanarek. His brother, Rav
    Shmuel Miller, passed away about
    three years ago. The levayah was held
    Monday at Shomrei Hadas Chapels in
    Boro Park.
    Vues Master’s Note: Yehi zichro

    Dear Vues Master
    Please let your readers know that
    there are a lot of bears upstate this
    Vues Master’s Note: Readers please
    note: there are a lot of bears upstate
    this summer!

    Dear Vues Master
    This past Motzei Shabbos my colony
    had a concert for Shabbos Nachamu
    in the middle of the circle in front of
    my house. There was a crazy amount
    of noise & my kids couldn’t sleep
    until 3am. Do all colonies do this? I
    didn’t want to say anything because I
    didn’t want to be a party pooper.
    Vues Master’s Note: You are right!
    They should have asked people before
    they did this. It’s inconsiderate.
    Especially for young children. In my
    colony they would never allow this.
    We always have our concerts in our
    shul building.

    Dear Vues Master
    I can’t believe how much I just spent
    on a Sheva Bra- chos. The wedding
    cost me over $75k & I didn’t prepare
    to spend $15k plus on a Sheva
    Brachos. This is really getting out of
    Vues Master’s Note: It sure beats
    spending for a levaya!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Am I the only one that’s bothered
    that when I go to daven at a matzevah
    everyone is facing the matzevah.
    Shouldn’t we be davening toward
    mizrach, east bound, toward Eretz
    Yisrael? It seems to me that when we
    daven toward the matzevah it’s like
    avodah zarah.
    Vues Master’s Note: Well we don’t
    daven to the kever, some hold one
    should not daven at a kever!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Last week we read the Aseres
    Hadibros. What is the significance
    of the first and fifth commandments
    being bookends on the first set of

    luchos? To teach that everything
    in between them applies to both of
    them. For instance, 1. You shall have
    no other g-ds before me. – Just like
    you should have no other G-d so you
    should have no other father. Meaning
    He is your G-d after the Holocaust, and
    he is your father af- ter punishment.
    2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any
    graven images. – Parents should be
    the first picture to grace your walls
    after marriage. Also, a father can
    elevate a rabbi to father status, but a
    rabbi can’t ele- vate himself to that
    status. 3. Thou shalt not take the name
    of the Lord thy G-d in vain. – This is
    a warning for fathers not to lecture,
    threaten or warn their children lest
    they use it in vain. Instead, teach by
    example and don’t let a misdeed go
    without con- sequence. 4. Remember
    the Sabbath day and keep it Holy –
    Remember your father’s mesora and
    keep it alive. 5. Honor your fa- ther
    and mother. – Honoring your father
    and mother is honoring G-d so parents
    should bite their tongue and let them
    honor you even if you feel unworthy
    or embarrassed by it.
    Vues Master’s Note: Part of this is
    having a harmonious home. If you
    can’t get along with your spouse you
    can’t expect your child to respect you!

    Dear Vues Master:
    How much does physical attraction
    factor into picking a spouse? One
    would imagine a sys- tem that
    pushes intellectual growth, character
    refinement, and a connection to
    G-d wouldn’t emphasize physical
    attraction as an important factor in
    choosing a spouse. The Talmud taught
    otherwise. The Talmud includes
    a teaching by Rav Yehudah, who
    quoted Rav, who said it is forbidden
    for a man to marry a woman until he
    sees her. If he only sees her for the
    first time at their wedding, he might
    find her unattractive and he’ll hate
    her. This contradicts the mitzvah

    to love your fellow Jew as you
    love yourself. A careful reading of
    this teaching demonstrates finding
    someone attractive isn’t a value
    in itself, but rather a middle step
    to avoiding a situation of treating
    their prospective bride in a way that
    would violate the command to love
    your fellow Jew. The fear is that the
    chosson will walk away, leaving the
    kallah alone and embarrassed under
    the chuppah or the groom will feel
    obligated to marry the bride, even
    though he’ll resent her, leading to a
    conten- tious marriage, or that he’ll
    come to hate her and say something
    regrettable. The result of this area of
    the Talmud is that it’s important to be
    attracted to your spouse, especially
    the groom to the bride, but being
    attracted to your spouse isn’t a value
    in itself, but rather, in or- der to make
    sure their marriage is loving and
    peaceful. The lesson of this section
    of Talmud isn’t about the importance
    of being attracted to one’s spouse,

    but the crucial role peace and re-
    spect plays in a marriage. Peace is

    so important that although a chosson
    could send a represen- tative to
    marry his kallah for him, there is an
    imperative that he sees his bride first
    to ensure there is peace, respect, and
    love in the home.
    Vues Master’s Note: I have a good
    marriage. All I do is say give me
    another piece of chicken and I eat it

    Dear Vues Master
    A Cholent Powered Rocket prototype
    could be designed as follows: Fuel
    System: A special fuel tank would be
    designed to store cholent, a traditional
    Jewish stew made with beans,
    potatoes, and barley. The tank would
    have a heating mechanism to keep
    the cholent at a constant temperature

    to maintain its viscosity for efficient

    combustion. Combustion Cham-
    ber: The combustion chamber would

    be de- signed to mix the heated
    cholent with oxygen for combustion.
    A series of injectors would introduce
    the cholent into the combustion
    chamber, where it would be ignited

    to produce high-pressure and high-
    temperature gases that would be

    directed through a nozzle to produce
    thrust. Cooling System: To prevent
    overheat- ing of the combustion
    chamber and nozzle, a cooling
    system would be incorporated that
    uses a coolant loop to transfer heat
    from the combustion chamber and
    nozzle to a heat ex- changer, where
    the heat would be dissipated into the

    environment. Control System: A con-
    trol system would be implemented to

    moni- tor and control the fuel flow,
    combustion, and cooling processes.
    The control system would receive
    input from various sensors and
    adjust the parameters to ensure
    optimal performance and efficiency.
    Structural Design: The rocket would
    be designed to withstand the high
    thermal and mechanical stress of
    rocket propulsion. The structure

    would be made of lightweight, high-
    strength materials such as carbon

    fiber composites. Add some more
    Shabbos foods… Matzo Ball Soup:
    The matzo balls could be processed
    to extract a starchy, high-energy
    substance that could be combined
    with cholent to increase the energy
    density of the fuel mix- ture. Gefilte
    Fish: The fish could be processed to
    extract an oily substance that could be
    added to the fuel mixture to increase
    the lubrication properties of the fuel
    and reduce friction in the combustion
    chamber. Knishes: The potato- based
    pastry could be processed to extract
    a starchy, high-energy substance that
    could be added to the cholent-matzo
    ball mixture to in- crease the overall
    energy density of the fuel. With this

    prototype design, a Cholent Powered
    Rocket could potentially reach low
    Earth orbit, allowing for exciting new
    possibilities in space explorations.
    Vues Note: I’m sure Country Yossi
    will like this one!!!

    Dear Vues Master,
    An elderly woman was speeding

    when she was stopped by a police-
    man. “License and registration,” he

    said. “What did he say?” the wom-
    an asked her husband. “He said he

    wants your license and registration,”
    the husband replied. “Do you realize
    how fast you were going?” the officer
    asked. “What did he say?” she asked

    her husband, who repeated the ques-
    tion for her. The officer then looked

    at her license and remarked “I see
    you’re from Brooklyn. I once dated
    a woman from Brooklyn. She was
    the most dif- ficult woman I ever
    met.” Again, the woman asked her
    husband “What did he say?” “He
    said he thinks he knows you.”
    Vues Master’s Note: I Hear.

    Dear Vues Master:
    Marriages are made in Heaven, but
    the details are fought out here on
    Vues Master’s Note: I can’t argue
    with you as I don’t want to get into
    a fight!

    Dear Vues Master:
    We often get told that having lots of
    kids is a good bracha. Is this really
    true? I work in a few homes with
    families that have more kids than
    they can handle and I don’t envy them
    at all. The parents are almost always
    stressed and strapped for cash. Kids
    are con- stantly fighting and the adults

    seem drained. Statistically speaking,
    as the number of children grows,
    fam- ilies spend a larger share of
    their income on current consumption
    and per capita income declines.
    The highest birth rate in the United
    States is among households making
    less than $10,000 a year while the
    households in the highest bracket
    making $200,000 or more a year
    have the fewest number of children.
    Wouldn’t it make more sense to focus
    on quality over quantity? Most large
    families have a few off the derech
    kids and the families that have kids
    later on in life are more likely to
    have a special needs kid. With prices
    through the roof, parents squeezing
    in multiple kids in the same rooms
    and stress levels at all time highs,
    wouldn’t it make more sense now to
    stop pressuring parents to have more
    kids than they can handle?
    Vues Master’s Note: Interesting how
    you think you can play G-D! We
    don’t know!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Everyone knows and loves Rabbi
    Lavi Greenspan & the article that
    Ari Hirsch wrote on the chosson two
    weeks ago in The Country Vues was
    fantastic. It’s such a great story! Keep
    up the great work! I just want to wish
    R’ Lavi & his kallah Nechama a big
    Mazel Tov from all your friends in
    South Fallsburg!!
    Vues Master’s Note: I second the
    motion! Love these letters!