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    Dear Vues Master
    This past Thursday I went with my family to do
    Kaporos in the pouring rain. My family always enjoys
    this mitzvah. There was a lady there yelling at us how
    we can’t do what we are doing to a chicken. Everything
    was being done in a kavodicka way. I really dont
    understand how frum people could be vegetarians.
    If one reads our tefillot everything revolves around
    karbonos.When moshiach comes, and it should come
    very soon, when we have the third Beis Hamikdash,
    what do people think we are going to be doing it all
    the time? We are going to be shechting animals &
    bringing karbonos to Hashem. What are Peta people &
    vegetarians going to say then? Hashem created these
    animals so we can eat them.
    Vues Master’s Note: We NEED Moshiach now!

    Dear Vues Master
    For some reason every year I do tashlich on Chol
    Hamoed. I don’t remember the last time I did tashlich
    on Rosh Hashana. I always do kaparos on time & go
    to the mikvah on time. Why did chazal give us until
    Hoshana Raba to do tashlich? If they just told us we
    had to do it on Rosh Hashana I would have done it
    Vues Master’s Note: Zerizim Makdimin L’mitzvos!!

    Dear Vues Master:
    For the sin we have committed by Allowing addiction
    to social media to control our lives.
    For the sin we have committed by Broadcasting
    personal conflicts publicly.
    For the sin we have committed by Cyberbullying and
    For the sin we have committed by Disseminating fake
    news and misinformation.

    For the sin we have committed by Excessive self-
    promotion and narcissism.

    For the sin we have committed by Fostering online
    hate and hostility.
    For the sin we have committed by Giving in to the
    allure of clickbait.
    For the sin we have committed by Harboring envy and
    jealousy from comparison.
    For the sin we have committed by Ignoring privacy
    and sharing sensitive information.
    For the sin we have committed by Joining in online
    echo chambers.
    For the sin we have committed by Keeping a constant,
    unhealthy online presence.
    For the sin we have committed by Liking, sharing, or
    endorsing harmful content.
    For the sin we have committed by Misrepresenting
    ourselves online.
    For the sin we have committed by Neglecting real-life
    relationships for virtual ones.
    For the sin we have committed by Over-sharing
    personal details.
    For the sin we have committed by Posting hurtful or
    offensive comments.
    For the sin we have committed by Quoting out of
    context or cherry-picking information.
    For the sin we have committed by Retaliating against
    online criticism with hostility.
    For the sin we have committed by Spreading rumors
    and gossip.
    For the sin we have committed by Trolling and
    provoking others intentionally.
    For the sin we have committed by Using social media
    as a platform for bragging.
    For the sin we have committed by Violating copyright
    and intellectual property rights.
    For the sin we have committed by Wasting excessive
    time on social media.
    For the sin we have committed by Xenophobic or
    prejudiced remarks online.
    For the sin we have committed by Yielding to the
    pressure of seeking validation.
    For the sin we have committed by Zealously defending
    one’s online persona, even at the cost of authenticity.
    Vues Master’s Note: Oy! What is this world coming to?

    Dear Vues Master:
    No other Mitzvah do we say מצטער is
    פטור except for the mitzvah of sukkah.
    Harav Hagaon R. Shlomo Miller Shlita
    said the reason for this is, since it is
    שמחתינו זמן the Torah didn’t want us to
    be מצטער during our
    זמן שמחתינו ואני הקטן הוספתי
    מצטער פטור מן הסוכה
    The סוכה פטור מן המצטער also and
    Yom Tov of Sukkos makes us פטור from
    צער. This coming סוכות will be pain-free
    of צער & צרות the All .פטור מן המצטער
    ישראל כלל will end abruptly. The
    כהרף עין arrive אי“ה will ישועות ורפואות
    and we will all have a true
    זמן שמחתינו אמן כן יהי רצון
    Vues Master’s Note: I was so happy to
    read this letter!

    Dear Vues Master:
    I dreamt that I went to Heaven and
    an angel was showing me around. We
    walked side-by-side inside a large
    workroom filled with angels. My angel
    guide stopped in front of the first section
    and said,”This is the Receiving Section”.
    Here, all petitions to Hashem said in
    prayer are received. I looked around in
    this area, and it was terribly busy with so
    many angels sorting out petitions written
    on voluminous paper sheets and scraps
    from people all over the world. Then we
    moved on down a long corridor until we
    reached the second section. The angel
    then said to me, “This is the Packaging
    and Delivery Section. Here, the graces
    and blessings the people asked for are
    processed and delivered to the living
    persons who asked for them.” I noticed
    again how busy it was there. There
    were many angels working hard at that
    station, since so many blessings had been
    requested and were being packaged for
    delivery to Earth. Finally at the farthest
    end of the long corridor we stopped at
    the door of a very small station. To my
    great surprise, only one angel was seated
    there, idly doing nothing. “This is the
    Acknowledgement Section, “ my angel
    friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed
    embarrassed.” How is it that there is no
    work going on here? ‘ I asked. “So sad,”
    the angel sighed. “After people receive
    the brachos that they asked for, very few
    send back acknowledgments” “How does
    one acknowledge Hashem’s brachos? “
    I asked. “Simple,” the angel answered.

    Just say, “Thank you, Hashem. “ “What
    blessings should they acknowledge?” I
    asked. “If you have food in the refrigerator,
    clothes on your back, a roof overhead and
    a place to sleep you are richer than 75%
    of this world. If you have money in the
    bank, in your wallet, and spare change
    in a dish, you are among the top 8% of
    the world’s wealthiest. “ “And if you
    received this on your own computer, you
    are part of the 1% in the world who has
    that opportunity.” “If you woke up this
    morning with more health than illness.
    You are more blessed than the many who
    will not even survive this day.” “If you
    have never experienced the fear in battle,
    the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony
    of torture, or the pangs of starvation. You
    are ahead of 700 million people in the
    world.” “If you can attend a shul without
    the fear of harassment, arrest, torture
    or death you are envied by, and more
    blessed than, three billion people in the
    world.” “If your parents are still alive and
    still married, you are very rare.” “If you
    can hold your head up and smile, you are
    not the norm, you’re unique to all those in
    doubt and despair.” Ok, what now? How
    can I start? If you can read this message,
    you just received a double blessing in
    that someone was thinking of you as very
    special and you are more blessed than
    over two billion people in the world who
    cannot read at all. Have a good day, count
    your blessings, and if you care to, pass
    this along to remind everyone else how
    blessed we all are ATTN: Acknowledge
    Dept. “Thank you Hashem, for giving
    me the ability to share this message and
    for giving me so many wonderful people
    with whom to share it.” If you have read
    this far, and are thankful for all that you
    have been blessed with, how can you
    not send it on???? I thank Hashem for
    everything, especially all my family and
    Vues Master’s Note: Oh! Thank you
    so much for this letter! I am hereby
    acknowledging this letter!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Fifty years ago, there was the Yom
    Kippur war. This week there have
    been many programs on TV telling the
    story of that war. Fifty years from now,
    they’ll be telling stories of the 2023 Yom
    Kippur war. This was a different kind of
    war. It wasn’t a fight against the hostile
    countries that surround Israel. THIS

    might have been sadder. “How is that
    possible you might ask”. Well … this
    war was Jews against Jews! In a country
    that prides itself on freedom of religion
    for ALL people, (Christian, Muslim,
    Druze) we witnessed the antisemitism of
    Jews against Jews. It is unfathomable to
    me how non observant Jews take to the
    streets to protest the religious freedom of
    observant Jews. On the holiest day of the
    year they disrupted prayer. I wonder how
    many of them have ancestors that lived
    through or died during the Holocaust.
    If they do, they must be turning in their
    graves. The state of Israel is a Jewish
    state. It is our homeland promised to us
    by G-D. We suffered enough at the hands
    of oppressors throughout history. We are
    not a western state (which I believe is
    what those who do not adhere to religious
    practice want our country to be). If they
    are so in love with the western way of life,
    they should leave! Let them see what it’s
    like to live in the diaspora. Let them get a
    dose of their own medicine. They’ll come
    crawling back on all fours. After Kol
    Nidre I came home and perused through
    a book of explanations of the davening
    we say on Yom Kippur. As I read, I kept
    thinking about the incitement and hatred
    that has gripped the country. I wondered
    if any of the haters davened. I wondered
    how they can beat their chests as they
    read the Al Chet (for the sins that were
    committed during this year). The words
    to this tefillah would be meaningless to
    them. They can’t possibly reconcile their
    actions over these past months that led up
    to this most awe filled day. I think I felt sad
    for myself that on this day, my thoughts
    were tainted. I wanted to rid myself of
    the sins that I might have committed this
    year (especially the ill feelings I have for
    those who are destroying our country). I
    wanted to feel at peace; instead I remain
    disappointed in myself for having such
    dark thoughts. I didn’t get to cleanse my
    soul and already have my first sins to ask
    forgiveness for next Yom Kippur.
    K S K
    Vues Master’s Note: As Bob Grant used
    to say it is sick and getting sicker out

    Dear Vues Master
    Someone I know just posted this online &
    I thought your readers would appreciate
    it. Many students cheat, but most don’t
    take the time to send an email apologizing

    for it, especially after so many years.
    This email reminds me that there are so
    many dumb things that I did many years
    ago that I haven’t bothered to apologize
    or do teshuva for. I’m committing to
    pay this email forward by reaching out
    to apologize to at least one person that I
    wronged many years ago. Professor S, I
    hope this email finds you and your family
    all doing well. I am a former student of
    yours from years ago, and while preferably
    remaining anonymous, wanted to reach
    out with a long overdue ask. Many years
    ago for reasons still unbeknownst to me
    I cheated on an exam in your class. To
    this day, thinking about it fills me in sheer
    embarrassment and regret. I genuinely
    have no idea what was going through my
    mind at the time, and there is zero excuse
    for that behavior – although the way we
    treated you and many teachers in general
    was pretty inexcusable. I have thought
    about sending this email many times,
    and always failed to. But now as I have
    children of my own and my goal is to
    raise decent and respectful kids, my own
    shortcomings often pop into my head.
    This ranks high among them. So for that
    mistake, I wanted to reach out and ask
    mechilah. Gmar chatimah tova
    Former Student GH
    Vues Master’s Note: I thought cheaters
    never prosper?

    Dear Vues Master
    This past Rosh Hashana the entire shul
    sang the tune along with the Kohanim
    when they were duchaning. Is that
    allowed? I feel like it takes away from the
    Kohanims job.
    Vues Master’s Note: I think that’s nice. It
    doesn’t sound good when all the kohanim
    are singing different tunes.

    Dear Vues Master
    Is it true that you’re not supposed to sleep
    on Rosh Hashana afternoon because you
    will have a sleepy year? I like getting a
    nap on Rosh Hashana afternoon because
    it gives me energy to daven better. People
    in my family were giving me a hard time
    when I took a nap.
    Vues Master’s Note: Rav Shlomo Zalman
    Auerbach says that if you need a nap to
    daven better, then do it. But (in a footnote)

    it says that he encouraged young people
    not to nap and that he personally didn’t
    nap until he was 40.

    Dear Vues Master:
    I love this time of year. Everyone is busy
    doing mitzvos & chesed. The streets are
    busy selling everything for yom tov.I
    wish that we all can be this way all year
    Vues Master’s Note: In my neighborhood
    it is like this every week L’Kovod
    Shabbos! It’s all the way you look at it!

    Dear Vues Master:
    On one of the Israeli army bases, they
    organized a Rosh Hashanah party for
    the soldiers. At the party, they made a
    raffle. There were 300 soldiers, and each
    put 50 shekel into the raffle, totaling
    15,000 shekalim. A donor from the
    USA matched the amount collected,
    making the total raffle prize 30,000
    shekalim. Everyone could feel the
    excitement in the room as the soldiers
    wrote their names on the cards to put
    into the raffle box. The winning ticket
    would receive the entire sum. One of
    the soldiers was debating what to write
    on his card. Although he would have
    liked to win, one of the soldiers in the
    battalion was recently seriously injured
    in an operational activity and was going
    through a difficult time. So he decided
    that even though the chances of winning
    was slim, he wrote the wounded soldier’s
    name instead of his own. Finally, the
    moment of truth arrived. A commander
    shuffled through the box of cards and
    pulled out one name. The soldier
    silently prayed that the winner would
    be the wounded soldier. Finally, the
    commander announced the name of the
    winner, and a miracle happened! The
    winner was the injured soldier. Applause
    broke out in the room, the wounded
    soldier had tears in his eyes, and was led
    in his wheelchair to the stage to receive
    the prize money. At the end of the party,
    the soldier who had written the wounded
    soldier’s name on the card was cleaning
    up the hall. He went to empty the box
    of name cards, and to his surprise, he
    noticed that the name of the wounded
    soldier was written on a card. He read
    another card, and again the name of
    the injured soldier appeared. One after
    the other, the soldiers had written the

    wounded soldier’s name on most of the
    cards. Mi KeAmcha Yisrael!
    Vues Master’s Note: The story is
    inspiring if it really happened!

    Dear Vues Master:
    How many ways are there to excuse
    antisemitism? Quite a few, it seems.
    The CEO of Adidas, the German-based
    apparel company, says that rapper
    Kanye West “didn’t mean it” when he
    went on those antisemitic rants last fall.
    Among other things, West threatened
    to “go death con 3 [sic] on Jewish
    people,” ranted about “Jewish Zionists”
    controlling the media, and declared there
    were “good things about Hitler.” “I
    don’t think he’s a bad person, it just
    came across that way,” Adidas head
    Bjorn Gulden claims. But at least Gulden
    is candid about his motive for excusing
    West’s bigotry: “That meant we lost that
    business, one of the most successful
    collabs in the history…very sad.” A
    few days later, on the other side of the
    ocean, police said that the thug who
    smashed up the Hillel at the University
    of Pennsylvania was “experiencing
    a crisis.” In other words, according
    to the police, it wasn’t antisemitism,
    even though the attacker was ranting
    and raving about Jews as he rampaged
    through the Hillel center. Whether
    or not the assault in Pennsylvania was
    connected to the upcoming anti-Israel
    conference on campus, or the proximity
    of the Jewish holidays, will eventually
    be determined. But this much is already
    clear: the attacker knowingly singled out

    a Jewish target, and was screaming anti-
    Jewish slurs as he damaged a Jewish

    organization’s property. That sounds like
    something more than a random moment
    of personal “crisis.” Since celebrity

    antisemites have more fans than lesser-
    known bigots, they tend to enjoy more

    protection from excuse-makers. After
    Mel Gibson’s first public antisemitic
    tirade, in 2006, actress Jodie Foster
    told USA Today: “Is he an anti-Semite?
    Absolutely not.” Then why did Gibson
    make antisemitic comments? “It’s
    no secret that he has always fought a
    terrible battle with alcoholism,” she
    declared. Foster did not comment
    when, a few years later, an apparently

    sober Gibson referred to Jews as “oven-
    dodgers.” Congresswoman Ilhan

    Omar tried to excuse her own 2019

    comment about Jews and money (“all
    about the Benjamins”) by claiming,
    “I wasn’t aware of the fact that there
    are tropes about Jews and money.”
    Omar’s political allies used several
    different excuses in response to her
    statement that Americans Jews use
    their “political influence…to push
    for allegiance to a foreign country.”

    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-
    Cortez said Omar was merely being

    “insensitive” (as opposed to bigoted).
    Senator Bernie Sanders insisted that
    Omar’s remarks constituted “legitimate
    criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu
    government in Israel,” although Omar
    had been referring to American Jews,
    not the Israeli government or its policies.
    From time to time, a historian can
    be found among the excuse-makers.
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt
    repeatedly made antisemitic comments
    not because he was antisemitic, but
    just as a way of “breaking the ice”
    with foreign dignitaries, according to
    Richard Breitman, in his 2013 book
    FDR and the Jews (coauthored with
    Allan Lichtman). During a meeting
    with the Soviet foreign minister in
    1942, President Roosevelt agreed with
    a complaint by a White House aide
    about the large number of “distinctly
    unsympathetic Jews” and “kikes” in
    the American Communist party. And in
    a conversation with Josef Stalin during
    the 1945 Yalta conference, Roosevelt
    joked about “giving” America’s six
    million Jews to the king of Saudi Arabia.
    FDR merely “was using anti-Semitism
    as an ice-breaker” on these occasions,
    Breitman wrote. The problem,
    however, is that an “ice-breaker” is, by
    definition, something that is done at the
    beginning of a conversation, in order to
    facilitate a more open discussion. But the
    transcripts of Roosevelt’s conversations
    reveal that the remarks about “kikes”

    took place at the very end of an hours-
    long dinner meeting; and the “joke” to

    Stalin was made on the next-to-last day
    of the week-long Yalta conference—in
    other words, long after the “ice” was
    broken. Why do some people make
    excuses for antisemites? Reasons vary.
    Sometimes business interests are at
    stake. Sometimes the goal is to advance a
    political agenda or protect the reputation
    of a public figure whom one admires. But
    whatever the motive, making excuses
    for antisemitism is wrong—because it
    undermines the fight against bigotry and

    encourages antisemites to believe they
    can get away with it.
    Vues Master’s Note: How sad and How