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    Dear Vues Master
    A shul in my neighborhood sent this letter out to their
    kehillah around a month ago & I thought your readers
    would appreciate this.
    During last year’s Yomim Noraim, many individuals
    expressed concern over the seating arrangements in shul.
    In order for us to place you in a seat which will best suit
    you, we ask you to complete the following questionnaire
    and return it to the shul office as soon as possible.
    1. I would prefer to sit in the… (Check one:)
    ___ Talking section
    ___ No talking section
    2. If talking, which category do you prefer? (Indicate order
    of interest:)
    ___ Stock market
    ___ Sports
    ___ Medicine
    ___ General lashon harah
    ___ Specific lashon harah (choose:)
    ___ The rabbi
    ___ The chazan
    ___ The chazan’s voice
    ___ Fashion news
    ___ What others are wearing
    ___ Why they look awful
    ___ Your neighbors
    ___ Your relatives
    ___ Your neighbors’ relatives
    ___Presidential Election
    3. Which of the following would you like to be near for free
    professional advice?
    __ Doctor
    __ Dentist
    __ Nutritionist
    __ Psychiatrist
    __ Child psychiatrist
    __ Podiatrist
    __ Chiropractor
    __ Stockbroker
    __ Accountant
    __ Lawyer
    __ Criminal
    __ Civil
    __ Real estate agent
    __ Architect
    __ Plumber
    __ Golf pro [tentative; we’re still trying to find a Jewish
    __ Other:____________
    4. I want a seat located (Indicate order of priority:)
    __ On the aisle
    __ Near the exit
    __ Near the window
    __ In Aruba
    __ Near the bathroom
    __ Near my in-laws
    __ As far away from my in-laws as possible
    __ As far away from my ex-in-laws as possible
    __ Near the bima
    __ Near the Kiddush table
    __ Where no one on the bimah can see/hear me talking
    during services
    __ Where no one will notice me sleeping during davening
    __ Where I can sleep during the rabbi’s speech [additional
    5. I would like a seat where:
    __ I can see my spouse over the mechitza
    __ I cannot see my spouse over the mechitza
    6. Please do not place me anywhere near the following
    people: (Limit of six; if you require more space, you may
    wish to consider joining another kehillah.)
    Your name:_________________
    Building fund pledge: $______
    Vues Master’s Note: This is hilarious! I really hope this
    is a joke. A lashon harah section does not sound good.
    Especially when this weekend is the Chofetz Chaim’s 90th

    Dear Vues Master:
    Why are restaurants asking for tips when taking food to
    go? It seems like this is a new thing. Restaurants these days
    keep making up new charges.
    Vues Master’s Note: Unfortunately we are being ripped
    constantly! To add insult to injury, who has cash to pay so
    we pay with a credit card which the stores now charge you
    another 4 percent for using the card! A Shande!

    Dear Vues Master:
    This past Sunday I took my family to Madison Square
    Garden to watch Ishay Ribo. It was amazing! We had a

    great time. How many Jewish singers can get
    15,000 people into one place outside of Eretz
    Yisrael! What a Kiddush Hashem!
    Vues Master’s Note: Why is it a Kiddush
    Hashem? Since when is a concert a Kiddush

    Dear Vues Master:
    I’ve noticed a disturbing phenomenon that I
    believe has been caused by the partisan nature
    of today’s politics and an unhealthy dose
    of ego. When commenting- especially in a
    complimentary manner – another person, their
    writing, speaking, or viewpoints, I’ve noticed
    that many times a person needs to qualify
    their compliment with a disclaimer listing
    the positions they disagree with the person
    they’re complementing. It seems to me the
    person qualifying their compliment is worried
    about one or two concerns. Either they’ll be
    thought of agreeing with his positions, and for
    some reason that matters, and/or they think
    they’re so important that if someone can draw
    a conclusion that by omitting criticism of
    someone else the world will be detrimentally
    affected. People need to chill. There are very
    few people in the world today – and they aren’t
    reading this – who needs to criticize someone
    they’re complementing just in case someone
    thinks they agree with everything the person
    they’ve complemented has ever said, written,
    or done. Be a good person. Complement
    others without qualification and don’t worry
    about the consequences – there won’t be any.
    Vues Master’s Note: Best of all is silence. No
    one has ever regretted not saying something!
    Seyag Lachochma Shtika!

    Dear Vues Master:
    On Shabbos of משפטים פרשת, after the Rav
    spoke about the parsha, one of the מתפללים
    said “I don’t understand. The Torah says that
    after six years of work, if the eved wants to stay
    with his master and not use the opportunity to
    go free, his ear is pierced. Why would he not
    want to go free?” One of the other מתפללים
    answered: “I understand him. Why, the Torah
    states ‘עמו אשתו ויצאה. ‘And you want to call
    that going free?
    Vues Master’s Note: Freedom is a state of

    Dear Vues Master
    I would like to inform you of a speed trap on
    the FDR southbound just past the Brooklyn
    bridge. There is a little sign off to the right
    side that changes the speed on the southbound
    FDR from 40 mph to 30 mph. A police car sits
    there just past the Brooklyn bridge waiting for
    unsuspecting motorists to give them a ticket.
    The sign is actually quite small and hard to
    see. If you’re going southbound you don’t
    look in the direction of the sign so you won’t

    see it at all. A little further south is a bigger
    sign declaring a 30 mph zone. The police pull
    you over before you pass the second sign. I
    couldn’t take a picture of the sign because I
    was driving and it was dangerous for me to
    take a picture.
    Vues Master’s Note: Thanks for sharing!

    Dear Vues Master:
    The horrifying news that Saudi Arabian
    border guards have been massacring African
    migrants is now compounded by the revelation
    that the Biden administration has been aware
    of the mass murder for at least a year, and
    yet has said nothing about it. According
    to human rights groups, the Saudi security
    forces have slaughtered “hundreds, perhaps
    thousands” of unarmed African civilians. The
    migrants had approached the Saudi border in
    the hope of finding work or receiving asylum
    from persecution; the Saudis responded with
    gunfire, mutilations, and sexual atrocities.
    The New York Times reported on August 28
    that as early as the autumn of 2022, “American
    diplomats received grim news that border
    guards in Saudi Arabia, a close U.S. partner
    in the Middle East, were using lethal force
    against African migrants.” Yet throughout this
    past year, the Biden administration has never
    criticized the Saudi massacres. The most
    any U.S. official has said was, as the Times
    noted, “an oblique reference” to the issue: the
    deputy American representative to the United
    Nations said during a UN briefing last January
    that the Biden administration is “concerned”
    by “alleged abuses against migrants on the
    border with Saudi Arabia.” He called on “all
    parties” to permit an outside investigation.
    That was it. No reference to the killings and no
    identification of the perpetrators, even though
    Washington had already received ample
    information about the mass murder. The
    Times pointed out that in late 2022, President
    Biden publicly criticized Saudi Arabia for
    cutting oil production, because it might “lead
    to a rise in global oil prices before the midterm
    elections.” He even threatened there would be
    “consequences” for oil cuts. But the president
    said nothing about the Saudi massacres.
    Apparently there are no consequences for
    mass murder. During the Holocaust, too,
    the U.S. government received information
    about mass murder but chose to look away.
    Beginning in the autumn of 1941, Washington
    received increasingly detailed reports about
    the Nazis’ machine-gun massacres of tens
    of thousands of European Jews in occupied
    Russia. One eyewitness account described
    freshly-covered mass graves “heaving like
    the sea” from the movement of victims who
    were not yet dead. A report smuggled
    from Poland in June 1942 disclosed that the
    Germans had “embarked on the physical
    extermination of the Jewish population
    on Polish soil,” and had already murdered
    at least 700,000 Polish Jews. The World

    Jewish Congress publicized the news. The
    Roosevelt administration had no comment.
    In August, a telegram to Washington from
    the World Jewish Congress representative in
    Geneva, Gerhart Riegner, reported that the
    Germans intended “to exterminate all Jews
    from German and German-controlled areas
    in Europe after they have been concentrated
    in the east (presumably Poland).” The
    State Department refused Riegner’s request
    to forward the telegram to American Jewish
    leaders, because of—as one U.S. official put
    it—“the fantastic nature of the allegation
    and the impossibility of our being of any
    assistance.” In fact, there were many ways
    the U.S. could have been of assistance, but it
    would have meant taking steps that President
    Franklin D. Roosevelt was unwilling to
    consider, such as admitting more refugees to
    the United States or urging the British to open
    the doors of Palestine. Finally, three months
    later, the accumulation of evidence compelled
    Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles to
    acknowledge that “there is no exaggeration.
    These documents [from Riegner and others]
    are evidently correct.” But when the British
    Foreign Office proposed that the Allies issue
    a joint statement about the killings, Roosevelt
    administration officials resisted, fearing that—
    as one senior official put it—“the various
    Governments of the United Nations [as the
    Allies were informally known] would expose
    themselves to increased pressure from all
    sides to do something more specific in order to
    aid these people.” The U.S. eventually went
    along with issuing the statement, but only
    after watering down some of the language.
    For example, the proposed phrase “reports
    from Europe which leave no doubt” (that mass
    murder was underway) was whittled down to
    just “numerous reports from Europe.” The
    final version, released on December 17, 1942,
    was signed by the United States, Great Britain,

    the Soviet Union, and the governments-in-
    exile of eight German-occupied countries.

    It condemned the Nazis’ “bestial policy of
    cold-blooded extermination.” But it did
    not propose any steps to rescue Jews from
    Hitler. The idea of offering asylum for Jewish
    refugees was left out of the statement because,
    as one British official explained, it would
    mean making an offer “which would dog our
    footsteps forever.” How much have attitudes
    changed since the 1940s? Eighty years later,
    “rights violations, no matter how grave, rarely
    take priority when diplomats do business
    with their counterparts from rich partners
    like Saudi Arabia,” the Times noted. But
    “rich” mass murderers should not be given a
    pass. The Biden administration has promised
    to take international human rights seriously.
    It has a moral obligation to speak out against
    mass murder, even when it may be politically
    or financially inconvenient to do so.
    Vues Master’s Note: Wow! How true History
    repeats itself and we don’t learn from our
    History! This is a historical fact!

    Dear Vues Master:
    The seventh day is Shabbos to the Lord your
    G-d. Honor your father and your mother, as the
    Lord your G-d commanded you [in Marah]. –
    The 4th and 5th commandment respectively,
    Devarim 5:13-16 Shabbos and honoring one’s
    father and mother were given at Marah, –
    Sanhedrin 56b A man, his mother and his father
    shall you fear, and My Shabbos shall you keep.
    Vayikra 19:1-3. This son of ours turns aside
    and is recalcitrant, not heeding our voice, a
    glutton and a guzzler, Then all the people of
    his city shall stone him with stones and he
    shall die. – ben sorer umoreh, Devarim 21:19-
    21 The Torah shows that Shabbos and Kibud
    Av v’em are connected. They are together
    in the Decalogue, given together in Marah
    and parshas Kedoshim lists them together.
    In Parshas Ki Seitzei a ben sorer umoreh is
    stoned just like a Shabbos desecrator. One
    parallel between Shabbos and Kibud Av v’em
    is that both are a gift. One shouldn’t look a
    gift horse in the mouth and complain about
    Shabbos or his parents. In fact, the harder it is
    to keep Shabbos the more esteem there is for
    keeping it and the same is true for respecting
    and honoring a difficult parent. On the flip
    side, if someone publicly desecrates Shabbos
    he disqualifies himself from the community so
    a person who denigrates his father is acting in
    a disqualifying way. G-d will not judge you
    by how your children treat you but how you
    treat your parents. Shabbos and parents are the
    few things in the world that one can be certain
    Vues Master’s Note: A Zaken Mamre was also

    Dear Vues Master:
    And on the day of Bikkurim (the day of first

    fruits, Shavuos), when you offer a new meal-
    offering to the Lord at the completion of your

    weeks, a calling of holiness shall it be for you;
    all work of labor you shall not do. – Bamidbar
    28:26 The importance of gratitude is evident
    in that the Torah does not refer to the Festival
    of Shavuos as the day the Torah was given,
    but the “day of Bikkurim” because gratitude
    outweighs the giving of the Torah at Sinai.
    Rav Chaim Shmulevitz cites the Midrash
    that when Hashem told Moshe to go to Egypt
    Moshe said, “I cannot go until I take leave
    from Yisro, who took me into his home when
    I was a wanderer” (Shemos Rabbah 4:2).
    Think about it! Moshe has a direct command
    from G-d, and it is to deliver the Bnei Yisrael
    from the inhuman slavery in Egypt, but Moses
    says that he cannot go without taking leave of
    Yisro! Rav Shmulevitz says that Moshe knew
    that it was G-d’s will that he does so, because
    gratitude is fundamental to G-dliness (Sichos
    Mussar 5732:32). Rabbi Twerski concludes,
    we must model gratitude for our children.
    Children are often reluctant to express

    gratitude. A mother’s instruction to her five-
    year-old child, “Say ‘thank you’ to the nice

    man for the candy,” is often met with a grunt,
    indicating his refusal to do so. We can only
    conclude that reluctance to express gratitude
    is innate in children, and it is important that
    this resistance be overcome. This can best
    be accomplished by the parents modeling
    gratitude. Husbands and wives may take for
    granted the things that they do for each other.
    Saying “thank you” when the wife serves a
    meal or when the husband does the dishes
    is an important lesson for the children. –
    ArtScroll. I think it would be more powerful
    for a father to model being a good child to
    his parents and being a good spouse. What
    do you think?
    Vues Master’s Note: You are on the same
    track all the time one day the train will run
    you over!

    Dear Vues Master:
    An American Zionist leader is calling on
    the Biden administration to take action in
    response to Palestinian Arab violence against
    Jewish worshippers at the Tomb of Joseph,
    in Shechem (Nablus). Palestinian Islamic
    Jihad terrorists carried out multiple bomb
    attacks on August 30 against Israeli security
    forces guarding the route used by Jewish
    worshippers visiting the burial site of that
    biblical patriarch. At least four Israelis were
    wounded. A spokesman for the terrorists said,
    “Our land is forbidden to you, and Joseph’s
    Tomb is your tomb,” according to the
    Jerusalem Post. Stephen M. Flatow, president
    of the Religious Zionists of America (RZA),
    has filed an official complaint with the
    United States Commission on International
    Religious Freedom, asking it to intervene “in
    support of religious freedom at the Tomb of
    Joseph.” In a letter to the commissioners, the
    RZA president noted that this week’s attack
    was “just the latest in a series of terrorist
    assaults on Jewish worshippers at the Tomb
    of Joseph and the security personnel guarding
    them.” “The Oslo accords, in which the
    United States is deeply invested, guarantee
    free Jewish access to the Tomb of Joseph,”
    the RZA president pointed out. “And the
    Palestinian Authority’s security force, which
    the U.S. has armed and trained, is required
    to ensure that access. Yet the PA continues
    to stand idly by as terrorists interfere with
    Jewish religious freedom.” Flatow asked the
    U.S. Commission on International Religious
    Freedom to urge the Biden administration
    to use its $600-million in annual aid to the
    Palestinian Arabs as leverage to compel the
    PA to fulfill its Oslo obligations regarding
    religious freedom at the Tomb of Joseph.
    “If Jewish worshippers at a religious site
    anywhere else in the world were subjected
    to this kind of violence, there would be
    international outrage,” the RZA president
    said. “Why is the world silent when Jewish
    worshippers are attacked at the Kever of

    Vues Master’s Note: It is sad that we just sit
    here and see all this and do nothing about it!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland tells the story of
    a chuppah that was about to begin and the
    chosson was nowhere to be found. After
    much searching, a friend found him in a
    a with מסכת כתובות learning בית מדרש
    קידושין מסכת beside him. “Everyone is
    waitinsg for you. The chuppah is about to
    start,” he was told. “I’m sorry,” the חתן said,
    “but I have a מנהג that whenever I’m about
    to do a מצוה for the first time, I review the
    relevant מסכתות. What can I do? A
    טובה הנהגה may have the דין of a נדר. I can’t
    break a נדר “!His friend answered: “But had
    you known that your practice would cause
    your כלה and all the guests to wait, would
    you have done it anyways? Perhaps based
    on that leniency, you can be מתיר the נדר. “
    “You’re right!” the chosson replied. “Bring
    “!מסכת נדרים a me
    Vues Master’s Note: It’s a good thing he did
    not start Meseches Gittin!

    Dear Vues Master
    Now that we’re in the month of Elul, a time
    of intense introspection and soul searching, I
    present a series of original poems and lyrics
    that depict our common journey of regret,
    return and ultimate redemption!
    I want
    From the ignorance of birth
    Brilliant stones that have no worth
    And I satisfy the cries
    Of my body and my eyes
    But ignore the constant crying
    of my soul
    I yearn
    With a monumental lust
    For the things I know are dust
    And I wallow and persist
    In the things I can’t resist
    And I wrestle in the silence of the night
    I crave
    In the shadow of my grave
    Not a master but a slave
    And I reach to wipe the mud
    But it’s running in my blood
    And it rots my dying body
    Black as coal
    And I perish with no body
    And no soul
    But let’s not get depressed!
    The Torah shows us the way back!
    It starts with realizing the truth!
    It’s been said the two most important days in
    a person’s life is:
    1. The day he was born and
    2. The day he questions why?
    You’re much too young, my son
    Your life has just begun
    So let me sing to you

    What I found to be true
    This life is just a dream
    Things aren’t what they seem
    For wealth and fame’s no friend
    They’re worthless in the end
    For they’re only make believe
    Some men they seek for fame
    The world must know their name
    While others yearn, you see,
    For gold and jewelry
    Until their dying day
    When they can’t buy their way
    What good’s their fortune then
    When life has fled from them
    For they’re only make believe?
    So listen well, my son
    When all is said and done
    There’s just one thing that’s real
    The treasure that no man can steal
    The Torah learnt each day
    The charity we give away
    These are reality all else is vanity
    For they’re only make believe
    Tick-tock tick-tock
    Time is passing by
    Yesterday we said hello
    And soon we’ll say goodbye.
    Tick-tock tick-tock
    Life soon fades away
    And all that’s left are memories
    And then the judgment day
    So hug your momma
    Tell her that you care
    Tell her that you love her
    For always being there.
    Hug your papa
    Look him in the eye
    Tell him that you love him
    You just might make him cry
    Tick-tock tick-tock
    Time is passing by
    Yesterday we said hello
    And soon we’ll say goodbye
    Tick-tock tick-tock
    Life soon fades away
    And all that’s left are memories
    And then the judgment day
    So hug your Bubby
    Kiss her on the cheek
    Tell her that you love her
    Although she’s old and weak
    And hug your Zaidy
    When he cries RACHEIM NUH
    Tick-tock tick-tock
    Time is passing by
    Yesterday we said hello
    And soon we’ll say goodbye
    Tick-tock tick-tock
    Life soon fades away
    And all that’s left are memories
    And then the judgment day
    So hug your children
    Help them learn and play
    Find the time to spend with them

    They’ll give it back one day
    And treat your wife
    with tender, loving care
    For it is written HASHEM counts
    A woman’s every tear
    Tick-tock tick-tock
    Time is passing by
    Yesterday we said hello
    And soon we’ll say goodbye
    Tick-tock tick-tock
    Life soon fades away
    And all that’s left are memories
    And then the judgment day
    Once we realize what’s really important and
    our true mission In life
    we must turn to HASHEM for help!
    In the blink of an eye
    A world can be broken
    A lifetime of dreams
    Scattered like dust
    In the blink of an eye
    A word can be spoken
    Breaking a heart, love can depart
    In the blink of an eye
    In the blink of an eye
    A soul can be taken
    Leaving us numb
    Unable to cry
    In the blink of an eye
    Our souls can awaken
    Giving us peace
    Our sorrow can cease
    In the blink of an eye
    Just when you think
    your dreams are not to be
    And your soul it cries out in pain
    Just raise your voice and call to HIM
    For HASHEM he is one
    And HIS will it is done
    In the blink of an eye
    In the blink of an eye
    HASHEM can befriend you
    Breaking the chains
    Healing the wounds
    In the blink of an eye
    HASHEM can defend you
    For HASHEM he is one
    And HIS will it is done
    HIS Yeshua can come
    …In the blink of an eye
    Country Yossi Toiv