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    Dear Vues Master:
    My wife didn’t come to shul on Shemini Atzeret and I was
    in a big dilemma. Should I tell her the horrible news going
    on in Eretz Yisrael or should I not tell her until after Yom
    Tov? We have 4 children learning in yeshiva & seminary in
    Eretz Yisrael plus we have a large family that live there. If
    I tell her, she would worry the entire Yom Tov & wouldn’t
    be able to enjoy her chag. On top of that there is nothing she
    could have done at that point anyway. What should I have
    done? I told her & she was worried the entire Yom Tov.
    Vues Master’s Note: But her tefillos will only help her
    children because a mama is a mama!

    Dear Vues Master
    Please share this with parents of yidden everywhere. The
    terrifying news and horrific images have no benefit for
    our children. We can daven and cry for Yidden without
    subjecting our precious kinderlach to the latest statistics or
    videos. I’m begging you. Please tell your children that we
    need to daven and do extra mitzvos as a zechus for the many
    Jews that were killed or hurt by some animalistic terrorists.
    May Hashem quickly heal those they are hurt, protect our
    soldiers, and bring Moshiach immediately.
    Vues Master’s Note: Amen! Sounds like words coming from
    a true mechanech!

    Dear Vues Master:
    How does one fulfill the mitzvah of simchas yom tov when
    hearing about the news in Eretz Yisrael over Shemini
    Atzeret? Is it possible?
    Vues Master’s Note: Rabbi Genichovsky said while sitting
    shiva for a young son that he lost the word Avel is an
    acronym “ani besimcha LaHashem” I am happy to do the
    mitzvah of aveilus if that is what Hashem wants me to do!

    Dear Vues Master
    In today’s partisan atmosphere people tend to extricate one
    idea from an entire thread of thought, isolate it, enlarge it,
    take it out of context and harshly criticize the author for
    extremist views the author neither intended, nor would an
    honest critique of their writings bear out. That will be easy
    to do here, but I ask you, the reader, to read my writing
    carefully, see the nuance that I am employing, and if you
    feel I’ve written something extreme, write to me privately

    before jumping to any conclusions. Nothing that I will write
    below will be extreme, but it will be new and upsetting.
    Let me make it clear that G-d’s judgement is beyond man’s
    comprehension. We do not know why events happen,
    especially when good things happen to bad people, and even
    more confusing, when bad things happen to good people. Any
    presumption of knowledge of G-d’s judgment is arrogant
    and ignorant. All too often people, even Torah scholars, state
    with authority that a specific tragedy occurred because Jews
    were violating a specific sin. These pronouncements always
    strike me as difficult because only G-d knows why a tragedy
    occurred and without prophecy, how do these people know
    why G-d allowed certain tragedies to occur? That being said,
    our Rabbis taught us that the proper response to tragedy is
    to introspect and seek areas of improvement. There is value
    in using the heightened emotional state that tragedy brings
    to improve ourselves. I want to state clearly, pointing out
    areas of improvement during this time does not equate to a
    statement of cause and effect, it is merely a prescription of
    improvement. Please do not jump to a conclusion and assume
    I am saying that I know, presume, or am even guessing what
    has caused this horrific tragedy to occur. I am not. The
    past year has seen the Jewish people, especially in Israel,
    painfully divided. Whether the disagreements centered
    around Judicial Reform, settlements, or religious observance
    in public life, the differences among the Jewish people led
    to divisions. While Israel proudly boasted demonstrations
    without violence or rioting, those were low bars to set for
    a nation that prides itself on unity. Our people watched as
    the nation split into two, with the cracks widening and the
    divisions worsening. Civility and respect were hard to find,
    and yelling, insulting, and vilifying became the norm. The
    divisions came to a head with the harsh pictures of Jew vs.
    Jew on the Jewish people’s most sacred day, Yom Kippur.
    A tefilah that was always a moment of proud unity, where
    Jews of all stripes, practices, and beliefs, came together as
    one to beseech G-d as the day closed, turned into a moment
    of division. Jews stood in each other’s faces, yelled horrible
    insults at each other, and in the waning moments of the
    day, as the gates of heaven closed, stood against, instead of
    with, each other. It is hard to imagine a more horrific end to
    Yom Kippur. Five days later the nation celebrated Sukkot,
    a festival meant to commemorate G-d’s protection of the
    Jewish people. The Jews spent forty years in the desert, and
    during that time they lived in flimsy booths, reminiscent
    of the flimsiest of today’s Sukkot, while a Divine cloud
    surrounded and protected the Jewish people. The Jewish
    people sit in Sukkot today, in a rejuvenated Jewish state
    feeling Divine protection at levels they haven’t felt since

    King Solomon’s days. Then it ended. As the
    Jewish people left the Sukkah, and finished
    commemorating G-d’s protection, we were
    attacked. Much like when Aaron the Chief
    Cohen died, and the clouds left the Jews in the
    desert, their enemies immediately attacked,
    so too, when the Jews left their Sukkot this
    year, Israel’s enemy, Hamas, attacked. There
    is a well-known lesson taught about G-d and
    the Jewish people. It teaches that G-d expects
    the Jewish people to be united, and when
    they are, G-d takes care of those looking to
    divide the Jewish people. But when the Jewish
    people are divided, G-d uses those aiming to
    hurt the Jewish people to bring the Jewish
    people together in unity. Instead of uniting in
    brotherhood and celebration, the people unite
    in pain and mourning. It is hard not to see that
    lesson coming to fruition today. The Jewish
    people had every reason to use this year to
    unite in celebration. They had just started the
    seventy-fifth year of sovereignty over Eretz
    Yisrael. The nation wasn’t just surviving, it was
    thriving. Peace with enemies had just occurred
    and more peace was promising. Yet, instead of
    celebrating in unity, the Jewish people fought
    in division. As we suffer the worst tragedies
    we’ve experienced as a people in decades, it
    behooves us to look inward and introspect.
    We must examine our actions for areas of
    improvement. I want to state clearly, pointing
    out areas of improvement during this time does
    not equate to a statement of cause and effect, it
    is merely a prescription of improvement. One
    area that needs improvement that seems to be
    glaringly absent is unity, civility and love of
    fellow Jews, even, and most importantly, those
    we disagree with on divisive issues.
    Vues Master’s Note: Beautifully expressed!
    Truth is harsh and upsetting, but must be told.

    Dear Vues Master:
    In case you didn’t hear the IDF spokesman, it
    begins… Gaza is under complete lockdown.
    No one comes. No one leaves. The border is
    locked down. All passages are closed. We have
    shut down their electricity. We have cleaned
    our towns and cities of any terrorists. 300,000
    reserve soldiers have been drafted. The most
    ever. The IDF has all the equipment it needs.
    And now we go on the offense!!! The tefillah
    for our soldiers is: “He Who blessed our
    forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – may He
    bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Force,
    who stand guard over our land and the cities
    of our G-d from the border of the Lebanon to
    the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea
    unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land,
    in the air, and on the sea. May Hashem cause
    the enemies who rise up against us to be struck
    down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed
    is He, preserve and rescue our fighting men
    from every trouble and distress and from every
    plague and illness, and may He send blessing
    and success in their every endeavor. May He
    lead our enemies under their sway and may
    He grant them salvation and crown them with
    victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the

    verse: For it is Hashem, your G-d, Who goes
    with you to battle your enemies for you to save
    you. Now let us respond: Amen.” Here we go.
    The blood of our brothers and sisters will be
    avenged and that starts now!
    Hilel Fuld
    Vues Master’s Note: May Hashem avenge the
    blood of all the victims who died al kiddush

    Dear Vues Master:
    The great posek Rav Yoseph Shalom Elyashiv
    was asked a question by a man in emotional dire
    straits. He had been engaged, but the bride had
    broken the engagement, and a short while later,
    asked the erstwhile groom for forgiveness. It
    is common practice in the event of a broken
    engagement to ask mechilah (forgiveness),
    and even to obtain a shtar mechila (a bill of
    forgiveness) stating that the offended side,
    who had not broken the engagement, has no
    emotional or financial claims against the side
    who did. In this way, everyone can move on
    with a clean conscience. The problem was that
    the young man wasn’t ready to forgive. He was
    aware, though, of the statement in the Shulchan
    Aruch (Orach Chaim 606:1) that someone who
    withholds forgiveness is considered cruel.
    What should he do? Rav Elyashiv counseled
    the groom that there is only one circumstance
    in which withholding forgiveness is an act
    of cruelty: when the requests for forgiveness
    is sincere, and reflects a true understanding
    of the pain the penitent had caused. In this
    case, it seemed that the bride’s family were
    only asking to discharge an obligation and to
    remove any “bad energy” that could impact
    her in the future; they were not acting out
    of feelings of remorse. The pre-Yom Kippur
    “mechilah rush” does no one any favors but
    everyone who comments on this speaks
    from the perspective of those who ask for it.
    The reason we need to give our requests for
    forgiveness more time is that we are human.
    Granting forgiveness isn’t easy, especially if it
    is sincere. it is only fair to give time to those
    whom we request forgiveness from. – Rabbi
    Ariel Rackovsky. The question is what to do
    when a child is about to throw his father’s
    mesorah (traditions) under the bus and replace
    it with the shita of the Yeshiva? Everyone will
    have to decide for themselves when that time
    comes. As for me, I love my father more than
    my son so any slight to my father will have
    to be reckoned with. For instance, I compare
    a father’s mesorah to a father’s inheritance.
    Just like real property, in the times of the Beis
    Hamikdash, was an inheritance from father to
    son so is a mesorah. In other words, just as a
    Kallah (bride) would be considered defiant to
    refuse a family heirloom like a candelabra,
    handed down from mother to daughter, so why
    should a son think any less about his father’s
    mesorah and the consequences that come with
    abandoning it?
    Vues Master’s Note: I think you are out of your
    mind! He is not becoming a mechalel Shabbos!
    He is staying frum! You need to chill!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Rabbi Dovid Tillim writes, “I once drove
    with a challenged teenager who attended an
    out-of-state yeshivah. I asked him what, in
    his opinion, made his yeshiva so great, and
    his answer astounded me. He said that every
    one of the talmidim would willingly trade
    their lives for the life of any of their Rebbeim.
    Wow, what role models.” He says that if a
    child needs help on how to get motivated then
    reach out to your child’s rebbe or menahel and
    focus your attention on trying to understand
    why he is having difficulty with the process
    because that is where he really needs help. I
    think just the opposite, that there is something
    wrong if students, much less all of them,
    would change places with their Rebbeim. Why
    does the father sweat to pay the Rebbeim and
    he gets the boot? The Rebbeim need to teach
    derech emes, not derech “me-emes” or memes
    for short. To elaborate, Richard Dawkins
    combined the Greek word “mimeme”
    (meaning something that is imitated) with
    “gene.” He considered memes to be “a unit of
    cultural transmission.” This is in contrast to
    Torah transmission which is truth (emes) that
    comes from the Torah. When someone distorts
    Torah by putting the “me” before the “emes”
    he is bound to make false memes. Is the father
    paying someone to teach emes or memes? If
    my son thinks less of me the longer he is in
    yeshiva then his genes, ancestry, is mutating to
    memes, anarchy. Memes also can be broken up
    as Me-mes where mes means dead in Hebrew.
    Memes include bumper stickers like “My
    rebbe my hero”, “yt rebbe” and “I love my
    Rebbe.” When a child sees this everyday and
    doesn’t see anything like this about his father
    is it any wonder he has a relationship with his
    Rebbeim and not his father! It says in Tehillim
    27, LeDovid, “When my father and mother
    abandon me.” Rav S.R Hirsch says, “Even if
    I were so depraved that my own mother and
    father would abandon me to my own devices,
    G-d would still gather me up and believe in my
    ability to mend my ways.” This means that the
    last person to give up on a child is the father, as
    he is mentioned before the mother, and not the
    Rebbeim or therapists. If you hear rumors that
    a father abandoned his child, know that it was
    the child who abandoned him and not the other
    way around. As it says, “ Lo, I will send the
    prophet Eliyahu to you before the coming of
    the awesome, fearful day of the Lord. He shall
    reconcile fathers with sons and sons with their
    father, so that, when I come, I will not strike
    the whole land with utter destruction.” Eliyahu
    will have to appease the father first, before the
    son, because the father was abandoned and he
    is the one that needs to be placated.
    Vues Master’s Note: Well a rebbe knows but a
    father not always therefore yes a child should
    listen to his Rebbe who is not divorced with the
    child’s mother and has an agenda etc!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Many times over recent months I have been

    tempted to block or unfriend people who’s
    political or religious views (and the way
    they post) are too different from my own.
    And I am SO GLAD that I did not, because
    what I am seeing is an outpouring of support
    and solidarity from left to right, secular to
    religious, pro and anti etc…there are people
    whose posts I haven’t agreed with in years
    that are showing the same pain, the same love,
    the same determination that I am – I expected
    nothing less, but I am so strengthened by it
    nonetheless…NOTHING will drive us apart
    Vues Master’s Note: Is that what we want, fair
    weather friends?

    Dear Vues Master:
    It was the happiest of times, it was the
    unhappiest of times. It was Simchat Torah, the
    happiest day of the year, and the only day of
    the year when two joyous Jewish holidays are
    celebrated simultaneously in Israel (Shemini
    Atzeret and Simchat Torah, of course) and it
    was a surprise attack when the enemy went into
    people’s homes personally, house to house,
    in a major city and in multiple communities
    simultaneously and systematically, for the first
    time in the history of the modern country of
    Israel; not just relying on impersonal missiles.
    So it was also the worst of times at the same
    time. Perhaps until then there had never been
    more boundless joy in the Jewish world, in
    modern times (perhaps with the exception of
    the founding of the country of Israel and the
    victorious conclusion of the Six-Day War),
    with kosher and temporarily kosherized
    hotels rebounding from the tragedies of the
    pandemic— that had also gone from house
    to house with deadly consequences — to
    celebrations of Jewish holidays and other
    special occasions with opulence and Torah
    lectures in every resort area and hot spot
    in the world, or so it seems. I even recently
    heard of a “4-day wedding” in Israel during
    this Jewish holiday season encompassing
    historical and culinary locales to satiate the
    mind and the palate in ways never dreamed of
    even by Kings residing in any palace in any
    country. There has never been more Torah
    studied throughout the year and throughout
    the world, in an organized way, with the
    Daf Yomi, the Amud Yomi, Tanach Yomi,
    Dirshu, most multiplied exponentially by
    means of the Internet, available in virtually
    every meridian of the globe, all in addition to
    educational academies of every interpretation
    of Jewish law and tradition, enhanced by the
    Internet, once again, and artificial intelligence
    (generated and constantly enhanced by and on
    G-d given natural intelligence). At the same
    time, however, our enemies have never been
    stronger, with Iran on the verge of becoming
    a nuclear power, G-d forbid, and with Israel
    surrounded not just by hostile countries on all
    sides (notwithstanding the peace agreements),
    but with Hamas and Hezbollah and other
    overtly terrorist organizations embedded
    within some of these countries, with the Fifth

    Column within the West Bank, not to mention
    within Israel proper, and with supporters
    in Yemen and even other noncontiguous
    countries. What can one say at a time like
    this? What can one write? Perhaps the best
    answer has already been written, and has
    already been studied. In fact, perhaps the
    best response appears in the daf yomi learned
    throughout the world on the day after the
    holiday ended throughout the world (except
    in Israel, where it ended a day earlier, of
    course), page 57 in Gemara Kiddushin. It
    is on that page in the Talmud, studied in an
    organized way on that day wherever Jews
    gather and pray, that mention is made of the
    egla arufah, the heifer whose life is shattered
    no less than the lives of so many Jews on
    the recent holiday of joy and attempted joy.
    Biblically literate Jews and even non-Jews
    know the fate of the egla arufah, what it
    symbolizes, and the lessons it teaches (see
    below). Our challenge today, more than ever
    before, however, is to spread the word among
    all people who claim to respect the Torah, and
    all who don’t, including all Arabs – especially
    all Arabs, whether they live in areas adjacent
    to Israel, or whether they simply have
    influence over Arabs wherever they may live,
    with military might, with political power,
    or with the power of the purse. Without
    going into details, the eglah arufah is a
    mystical ceremony required to be performed,
    according to the Torah (Devarim 21, 1–9),
    when a murdered stranger would be found
    out in a field in Israel, and the perpetrator
    of the crime would be unknown. Upon the
    discovery of the body, a determination was
    to be made as to the nearest city. The corpse
    was then to be buried in place and an unusual
    ceremony was to be performed with a heifer,
    after which the elders would declare “Our
    hands did not shed this blood, nor did we see
    this with our eyes.” This has been interpreted
    to mean they did not knowingly let this
    murdered traveler leave their city without
    provisions for the way, nor did they let him
    leave without accompaniment. The ceremony
    is a form of atonement, including a request to
    G-d “not to place innocent blood in the midst
    of your people Israel.” Oh the contrast! Not
    only may Jews not spill innocent blood, but
    they must take responsibility even for being
    most indirectly responsible for the spilling
    of innocent blood, for not having provided
    for, escorted, and thereby protected passing
    strangers! We will leave a discussion of any
    application of this sensitivity to the needs of
    travelers who are not merely passing by to
    another day. Unfortunately, there is no need
    to describe here the despicable nature of
    the war that began this past Shmini Atzeret
    and Simchat Torah, which we pray will be
    ended “favorably” before these words will
    be published. The savagery is extreme even
    by the standards of previous unprovoked
    wars against the Jews. Similarly to the
    scenario described in the Biblical discussion
    of the eglah arufah, the intelligence of
    the Israeli government and army failed to

    prevent murders, possibly in part because of
    domestic distractions beyond their control.
    Nevertheless, in line with the lessons of the
    ceremony of the eglah arufah, the Israelis
    continue to demonstrate not merely their
    sensitivity to human life, even the life of their
    enemies, warning civilians to leave military
    targets (ever since the days of Menachem
    Begin, Deir Yassin, and the King David
    Hotel), and at the outset of this war warning
    civilians to leave major military targets,
    thereby giving up the important element
    of surprise, to save lives, in contrast to the
    approach of the enemy which misused the
    element of surprise in order to be better
    positioned to torture, murder, and kidnap
    innocent civilians. By contrast, the Israelis
    have likewise demonstrated their dedication
    to eliminating future potential murderers
    and tracking down enemies and rescuing (or
    bartering for the release of) captives so that
    they will not be murdered. Oh, the contrast!
    Citing the baalei musar (proponents of the
    moralistic movement), Rabbi Shalom Rosner
    observed that the question was raised as to
    why the discussion of the egla arufah was
    placed in the Bible near discussions of war. A
    compelling answer that is given is that when
    soldiers find themselves surrounded by dead
    people, they often tend to devalue human
    life. We have seen this devaluation by the
    enemy most graphically and grotesquely in
    recent days. Again, oh, the contrast! We can
    only hope and pray – and spread the word
    – so that more people will learn about and
    appreciate the sensitivity of the Bible and the
    Jewish people to human life, will encourage
    more Arabs to focus upon and follow this
    message of the Bible, and will help the Israeli
    soldiers, politicians, and civilians to reduce
    and prevent future casualties of all innocent
    Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq.
    (Rabbi Reichel, a New York attorney and
    author, writes from time to time on the impact
    and potential impact of passages in a timely
    page in the daf yomi on current events.)
    Vues Master’s Note: Hafoch bu vehafoch bu
    D’Kula Bu!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A shadchan (matchmaker) approached a
    young man with an offer of a shidduch. The
    young man said: “Why do you keep coming
    back to me? I’ve told you a hundred and one
    times that I don’t want to marry someone
    suggested by a shadchan. I want to marry for
    love.” The shadchan replied: “I heard you
    loud and clear. The father of the girl I have
    in mind is seventy and is rich as קורח. She
    is an only child. And she has an uncle who is
    just as wealthy and he doesn’t have any heirs
    other than her. Now, you tell me, how could
    you not love a girl like that?”
    Vues Master’s Note: Money talks!

    Dear Vues Master:
    In the Jewish Vues Yom Kippur issue, there

    was an article about the 3 dinner guest fun
    question. It spoke about Reb Dovid Feinstein
    ZT”L’s beautiful answer and went on to talk
    about Sandy Koufax’s answer and story.
    While that was a beautiful act that he did, I
    found a few problems with how the article
    was written which I humbly feel should be
    addressed. Allow me to explain. Firstly, as
    nice of an act that it was- what this Koufax
    did, it did in a way take away from the beauty
    of Reb Dovid’s answer. Also, you put a small
    picture of Reb Dovid on the same page next to
    multiple larger pictures of a baseball player.
    That is very disrespectful. I understand that
    this article was more focused on Sandy, but
    at the end of the day, it was a disgrace to Reb
    Dovid. What the Vues should have probably
    done was to at least not print the picture of
    Reb Dovid. Or better yet- not talk about him
    at all. That would have been better. Have
    a separate article to talk about Reb Dovid.
    This letter is not to bash sports, and not to
    take away from the amazing act of Sandy, but
    to stand for the kavod of our gedolim. Our
    gedolim deserve respect. This is not the first
    time such a thing happened. It may have been
    an oversight, but it might be a good idea to be
    more on top of these things.
    Vues Master’s Note: I think you are taking
    things out of context! Size doesn’t tell us who
    is greater!

    Dear Vues Master:
    To Rabbi YY Jacobson:
    Regarding the story of a sukkah by the angel
    of death. I think it’s time to stop stories
    against misnagdim. This story as anyone
    can see is a nice fairy tale.when making
    fun of misnagdim, we are disgracing the
    vilna gaon, the noda beyehuda, the ketzos
    hachoshen, the nesivas hamispat, the dubna
    magid, the chasam sofer, rabbi akiva eiger etc
    etc. It would be a good idea to check out the
    many yunga leit in BMG and other kollelim
    that live very simply and are happy with
    their learning. They are above many others.
    Wishing you the best!
    Vues Master’s Note: Get a sense of humor!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Why do we accept Syrian Jews into the
    community if they openly break halacha?
    Why is it okay for their women to wear pants
    and not cover their hair and yet they’re still
    accepted as orthodox ? Why is it okay for
    them to brag about all the name brands they
    wear? Would Moshe Rabbienu brag about
    wearing Prada ? They should strive to be like
    Moshe Rabbienu and be more humble. Why
    do Syrians get the magic pass on all this?
    Vues Master’s Note: Terrible letter! Lashon
    Hora Rechilus you just painted all great
    Syrian Jews with one brush stroke! In every
    community we have all types your letter is not
    going to be mekarev them!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Marriage is like a tea bag. It comes in nice
    packaging. Once you open it, you see there
    are strings attached. Soon, you find yourself
    in hot water. After a while, you realize it
    doesn’t make “sense” anymore.
    Vues Master’s Note: Can you use it on

    Dear Vues Master:
    Morris was telling a chosson that it’s
    important to compliment his wife’s cooking.
    “For example,” he said, “I’ve told my wife
    that it may be a matter of taste, but I like the
    burnt part better than the frozen part.”
    Vues Master’s Note: I always tell my wife
    your food is like in a restaurant!

    Dear Vues Master:
    I noticed that on the Sukkot edition of the Vues
    there were pictures of prominent ravs who
    have passed away. All the names had ZTL next
    to them except for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. I
    was surprised that the vues would entertain
    the meshichist/flag waiver movement. One of
    your columnists, Rabbi Gil Student has a book
    that explains why the Lubavitcher Rebbe isn’t
    the Moshiach and why entertaining these ideas
    is silly. There are real meshichist believers that
    literally believe the Lubavitcher Rebbe is the
    Moshiach and never died. I’ve personally seen
    a video of these supporters who claim that since
    their Rebbe is alive and well, they don’t have to
    fast on Yom Kippur. It’s incredibly dangerous
    to entertain these ideas and this opens the rabbit
    hole to someone becoming an apikoros. Please
    make better editorial decisions in the future.
    Vues Master’s Note: Amazing if only you
    would be medayek your chumash or gemara
    this way! It is a newspaper, not a sefer!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A man told his rav that he was having marital
    difficulties. When the rav asked what is the
    problem, the man replied: “My wife has 36
    קבים of שיחה.” “How can that be?” the rav
    asked. “The gemara says
    man The” .תשעה קבים שיחה נטלו נשים
    responded: “Unfortunately, I married an
    educated woman. My wife speaks four
    Vues Master’s Note: I guess she can talk the