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    Dear Vues Master
    The generational trauma we Jews obviously feel,
    growing up as children and grandchildren of Holocaust
    survivors, is unspoken and maybe even undiagnosed
    or unknown. But it is absolutely there. And October
    7th for me and my family and I suspect for you and
    yours has put this all front and center. It is crushing and
    suffocating us even now, four weeks later. The sheer
    gravity and depravity of Hamas’s barbarity coupled
    with the remorseless celebratory glee and threats
    against all Jews by the global anti-Israel movement is
    not something we can simply ignore. Throughout the
    generations, every terror attack, stabbing, shooting, and
    antisemitic incident was met by Jews with a worried
    near fatalistic eye towards our tortured past. It’s been
    80 years, and nobody would be surprised if another
    Kristallnacht would happen tonight. Who would hide
    us has become a new refrain. Read this again. Who
    would hide us? This isn’t hyperbole, gaslighting, or fear
    mongering, it is here now. We have to ask ourselves,
    is it possible that we were delusional to think it wasn’t
    always here and now? But one thing is for sure, the
    climate is terrifying, and the threats are real. I have
    no grandiose plans or brilliant ideas to counter it. But
    I do know we have to strengthen our resolve, fortify
    our Emunah in G-d and fight to defend ourselves and
    our people with everything we have available. And our
    enemies need to see it. There’s just no other choice and
    nobody else to do it for us. It’s on you and me, and like
    it or not, it is here and it is now.
    Chaskel Bennett
    Vues Master’s Note: We are living in scary times. We
    must continue to have emunah and bitachon & daven
    to Hakadosh Baruch Hu so that history does not repeat

    Dear Vues Master
    Sometimes a Rabbi is presented with an impossible
    halachic problem. Sometimes the answer to an
    impossible halachic question is a human solution. Let me
    explain. First, the background – Soldiers who have been
    in Gaza for some time are being given a 24 hour break.
    They come out of Gaza to an army center in Ashkelon.

    There, they get a chance to shower, wash their clothes,
    see family, and then, the next day, go back to their posts
    in Gaza. Last Thursday night, Rav Rimon received a
    halachic question from the logistics coordinator of an
    IDF unit. Soldiers will be coming out of Gaza on Friday
    at 12 noon, and returning to Gaza on Shabbos morning.
    Their wives and children and parents want to see them,
    but if they drive to see them, they won’t make it back
    home in time for Shabbos! May they drive on Shabbos?
    Rav Rimon said that in this situation, a family member
    could not break Shabbos. But – the questioner continued
    – these are soldiers who haven’t seen their loved ones
    for weeks, and we don’t know how long they will
    continue to be in Gaza. If they come out and cannot
    see their families, then the break will be frustrating and
    depressing, not refreshing. And their mood and morale
    is a serious factor in their confidence and safety behind
    enemy lines. Is there no way that the families can drive
    home on Shabbos according to Halacha? Rav Rimon
    asked: “Is there a possibility that the families can stay in
    a hotel for Shabbos?” The IDF coordinator responded:
    “But we just don’t have money for that!” As Rav Rimon
    was on the phone, he was sitting next to a Rabbi who
    was visiting, on a solidarity mission, from Teaneck NJ.
    The visiting Rabbi interjected – If that is the solution,
    then we would be happy to help fund the hotel. So Rav
    Rimon and his team started looking for a hotel to host
    a group of families in under 24 hours notice! But since
    Ashkelon has been under rocket attack, all the hotels in
    Ashkelon were closed! He found a “guest-house” whose
    owner had evacuated the city, who came back, especially,
    to reopen the guest-house. Rav Rimon found volunteers
    to purchase and transport food, toiletries, toys and
    books for the children, and everything that the families
    would need for Shabbat. And forty families were able
    to celebrate Shabbat together and give their loved ones
    some love, care and attention before they returned to fight
    in Gaza. Sometimes the best answer to an impossible
    Halakhic problem is a human solution, an act of support
    and kindness. In this case it was a true expression of a
    deep caring and a huge investment of time, energy,
    money and logistics. I know because Rav Rimon told
    this story in shul this past Friday night. I know because
    my son is one of those soldiers. Thank you to סולמות and

    רימון צבי יוסף הרב, to Rav Rimon’s tireless
    team of volunteers who have brought
    equipment, a smile and a pick-me-up
    to many thousands of soldiers over the
    past month with their endless efforts and
    contributions. And thanks of course to the
    community of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun
    in Teaneck for your kindness and support.
    Vues Master’s Note: What a great story.
    Rav Rimon is a very special Rav & person.
    Thanks for sharing!

    To our brothers and sisters in the United
    States. Thank you for taking the day off,
    travelling back and forth to Washington,
    and standing on your feet for many hours.
    We greatly appreciate it! You are not only
    expressing and solidifying support of all
    Jews, but also showing that you care for
    us and about one another. This means a
    lot to those on the frontlines, those on the
    homefront, and to all Jews in Israel and
    around the world. Achdut is about standing
    for and with all Jews — even those different
    from you. Thank you for realizing that this
    is what is called for at this time.
    Vues Master’s Note: Am Yisrael Chai!

    Dear Vues Master
    I know I don’t have to point out the
    hypocrisy and double standard of this war,
    because those who already know and those
    who don’t know, don’t want to face reality,
    but still, entertain me for a second. What
    would happen if hundreds of thousands
    of Jews would protest around the world,
    calling for the annihilation and genocide of
    Muslims worldwide? What would happen
    if Jews worldwide would rip down posters
    of innocent Muslim babies and children
    who were abducted by Jews? What
    would happen if Jewish men attacked and
    murdered Muslim men in broad daylight
    across multiple western cities? Forget all
    that, what would happen if 3,000 Jews
    proudly marched into a Muslim country,
    and proceeded to murder, mutilate, rape,
    and abduct thousands of innocent Muslims?
    I know it’s hard to imagine because Jews
    don’t behave that way, but just imagine
    what would have happened. Try to be
    honest with yourself and really picture that
    scenario. What would happen the day after
    such an attack?
    Hillel Fuld
    Vues Master’s Note: Hillel you are so right.
    Unfortunately, nothing makes sense these

    Dear Vues Master
    Since the unspeakable horrors of October
    7th, my family and I have been searching
    for sparks of light, rays of hope, and the
    possibility of promise – knowing full well
    that despite the crucible that our nation
    currently finds itself in, Hashem loves
    and cares for us in unimaginable ways,
    some transparent and some less so. The
    front cover of last week’s Jewish Vues
    was fantastic. It depicted what I feel is the
    paradigm of achdus (brotherly love) and
    ahavat chinam (unconditional love): one
    Jew simply hugging another. We see that
    one man is a soldier, the other perhaps a
    learner; one man with a kippah and tzitzit,
    the other without; one man providing, the
    other receiving; one man preparing for
    battle, the other preparing him for battle.
    At this moment, though, none of those
    differences matter. _One child of Hashem
    is hugging another. A hug that may be the
    soldier’s last. Those with children can attest
    that when our children embrace one another
    like this, it provides the greatest nachat,
    particularly in view of the differences they
    may have. I can only imagine – and pray –
    that a hug like this also provided Hashem
    with nachas and that gestures like this
    shake the heavens in profound ways.
    Vues Master’s Note:Thanks for the
    compliment. It’s amazing how many people
    mentioned to us that they liked last week’s
    front cover picture.

    Dear Vues Master:
    Most people who study history believe that
    the first World War was fought from 1914-
    1918. However, if we learn Parshas Lech
    Lecha, we see that it was actually fought
    during the time of Avrum. The war pitted
    the armies of 4 kings vs those of 5 kings
    and involved other countries as well. One
    of them was Berah the King of Sedom.
    He is mentioned in our daily tefilos in
    the description of the Ketores which are
    important to say. There is says “v’melach
    Sedomis Rova Ha’kuv maaleh Ushun Kol
    Shahuh. Rova is an anagram of Berah. So
    it can be translated as Berah the King of
    Sedom, the cursed one (he was a very bad
    guy) went up in smoke (when Sedom was
    destroyed later) and nothing was left of
    Another interesting misconception is when
    Hasidism began. It is commonly believed
    that it began in the 1700’s. However, we
    find that there was an enclave of Hasidim

    during the time of Avrum. As it says in the
    same parsha, the Great War was fought in
    the Emek Hasidim.
    We say “Maaseh Avos Siman le’bonim”. In
    that Great War of the Four Kings who were
    initially victorious, they took hostages.
    Loit and fellow inhabitants of Sedom were
    captured and held hostage. Many years
    later, Chamas followed their example and
    took over 200 Israeli hostages to be used as
    bargaining chips. Also, Avrum took sand
    and threw it up in the air and it became
    airborne bombs and missiles. Another
    interesting example is the rescue of Loit
    by Avrum. Loit was Avrum’s nephew
    and initially was one of his followers.
    He became rich because of Avrum. Then
    he had a dispute over financial reasons
    and separated himself from Avrum. He
    went to Sedom and became corrupted by
    them. However, when war came, Avrum
    didn’t care about this. He risked his life
    and immediately went to save him. Now,
    even though there were sometimes nasty
    disputes between the different factions in
    Israel, once the war started all the people
    came together to fight the deadly enemy.
    Mi Ka’amcha Goi Achud ba’eretz. When
    we are united, we will be iy”h victorious.
    Vues Master’s Note: Yes! We need to realize
    that our wars are won only via Hashem.
    Enough of the Kochi Veotzem – Yadi!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Why are prominent Western universities
    “twinning” with a Palestinian Arab
    institution that permits glorification of the
    October 7 pogrom? Fatah Shabiba, the
    second-largest student group at An-Najah
    University, has been tweeting non-stop
    praise of the pogromists. Yet so far, the
    numerous Western universities and student
    unions that have relationships with the
    university have said nothing. An-Najah
    is the largest university in the Palestinian
    Authority-governed territories. Hamas
    has 40 seats on its student council, Fatah
    Shabiba has 38. Fatah Shabiba is the
    student wing of Fatah, the ruling faction
    of the PA. On the day of the massacres,
    Fatah Shabiba posted a photo of terrorists
    from Hamas and Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’
    Brigades together in the back of a pickup
    truck, apparently taking part in the invasion
    of Israel. The accompanying text declared:
    “On the ground we stand as one, each one is
    defending from their stronghold, and there
    is no difference between two people who
    are defending the same homeland. May the
    men’s forearms be blessed, and may the

    result be blessed.” The next day, October
    8, Fatah Shabiba posted a photo of masked
    terrorists with Fatah headbands, above this
    caption: “We are the proud ones, when
    disasters come, we stand against them like
    a volcano—the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades

    – #The_Al-Aqsa_Flood.” The term “Al-
    Aqsa Flood” is the name by which Hamas

    calls its pogrom. On October 10, Fatah
    Shabiba’s Twitter (X) account featured
    another photo of Fatah terrorists, with
    automatic rifles. The text called them “Men
    who loved the Al-Aqsa Mosque [and] the

    [Al-Aqsa Martyrs] Brigade and [the Al-
    Aqsa] Flood.” Two days later, a message

    from Fatah Shabiba called on Arabs
    throughout the PA territories to “go to
    the points of friction with the occupation,
    to avenge the blood our heroic Martyrs,
    and to support the resistance in the proud
    Gaza Strip.” In recent years, a number of
    Western universities and student unions
    have “twinned” with An-Najah, sponsoring
    joint programs and visits by faculty
    and students. The list includes McGill
    University, in Canada; the University of
    Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany;
    the University of Abertay in Dundee,
    England; the University of Naples Federico,
    in Italy; Norway’s Stavanger University;
    and student unions at three British
    universities—the University of Essex, the
    University of Manchester, and the London
    School of Economics. What motivates
    Western universities to seek relationships
    with an institution that tolerates support
    for terrorism? Why haven’t any of them
    threatened to sever ties with An-Najah
    unless it shuts down Fatah Shabiba?
    Perhaps the answer may be found in the
    history of American universities twinning
    with schools in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
    Just as An-Najah craves international ties
    in order to soften its pro-terrorist image,
    the Nazis regarded relationships with U.S.
    universities as opportunities to improve
    their image abroad. The New York Times
    reported that one Nazi official described
    German exchange students as “political
    soldiers of the Reich.” Many American
    students and faculty who visited Germany
    returned with friendly assessments,
    according to Stephen Norwood’s landmark
    study, The Third Reich in the Ivory
    Tower. Columbia University dean Thomas
    Alexander came back convinced that
    Hitler’s forced sterilization policy was a
    good way of “throwing out the criminals and
    other undesirables.” American University
    chancellor Joseph Gray reported that
    German cities were “amazingly clean” and
    that “everybody was working in Germany.”

    The most active participants in the student
    exchanges with Nazi Germany were the
    “Seven Sisters” colleges—Barnard, Bryn
    Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith,
    Vassar, and Wellesley. Their enthusiasm
    was not dampened by the Nazi regime’s
    oppressive policies toward German
    women. After visiting Germany in 1935,
    Barnard dean Virginia Gildersleeve
    called Hitler’s territorial expansion plans
    “legitimate” and said Nazi limits on the
    enrollment of women in universities
    were justified because some professions
    in Germany were overcrowded. Vassar
    student Mary Ridder, who spent her
    junior year at the University of Munich,
    told her campus newspaper in 1934 that
    she used to think the Nazis were as bad
    as the Ku Klux Klan. “But while I was
    in Germany, I met Hitler and had a long
    conversation with him,” she reported.
    “Now I see him as a truly national person
    who beyond a doubt feels he is looking out
    for the best interests of his country.” As
    for Germany’s Jews, “None of the Jews
    who fought at the front [in World War I]
    have been molested,” she erroneously
    asserted. Harvard accepted an invitation
    to take part in anniversary celebrations
    at the Nazi-controlled University of
    Heidelberg in 1936. Its president, James
    Conant, said “political conditions” should
    not be allowed to interfere in friendly
    relations between the two institutions.
    Columbia also accepted the invitation.
    Its representative, Prof. Arthur Remy,
    declared upon his return that the event
    was “impressive and dignified.” He found
    the reception for the American delegates,
    hosted by Nazi propaganda minister Josef
    Goebbels, to be “very enjoyable.” A
    number of American universities took
    part in the bicentennial celebration
    at the Nazi-controlled University of
    Goettingen in 1937. That event took
    place in “a thoroughly National Socialist
    atmosphere,” according to the New York
    Times. Among the U.S. delegates was the
    chairman of Cornell University’s German
    Department, Prof. A. B. Faust, who
    accepted an honorary degree and gave the
    Nazi salute during the ceremony. What
    motivated those who befriended Nazi
    universities in the 1930s? Some wanted
    to demonstrate open-mindedness and a
    spirit of academic camaraderie. Some
    naively believed they were taking part
    in legitimate scholarly endeavors. And
    none of them showed any concern for the
    suffering of the Jews in Nazi Germany. If
    An-Najah takes no action against Fatah
    Shabiba, and Western universities and

    student unions continue to partner with
    An-Najah, one may justifiably wonder
    whether the mindset among many in the
    academic world today has changed very
    much since the Nazi era.
    Rafael Medoff
    Vues Master’s Note: Yimach Shemam

    Dear Vues Master:
    A beggar went to the home of a wealthy
    financier seeking tzedakah. But every
    time he tried to get in, the servants would
    not let him get past the door. The beggar
    would not give up. He patiently waited
    outside until the financier came out. Then,
    he created a wild commotion, screaming
    at the top of his lungs how he and his
    family have nothing to eat. “All right,
    you win,“ the financier shrugged wearily.
    “Here is $20. But let me give you a piece
    of good advice. If you hadn’t made such a
    nuisance of yourself, I’d have given you
    twice as much.“ The schnorrer replied:
    “You are a financier. But do I give you
    financial advice? Well, I am a professional
    schnorrer, so please don’t give me
    schnorring advice!”
    Vues Master’s Note: More like a Shnorrers

    Dear Vues Master:
    Avraham Avinu had a unique
    דאורייתא עשה מצוות of listening to his
    wife and whatever she told him to do he
    had to listen to her. Imagine, Had this
    mitzvah continued on and become one of
    the מצוות ג“תרי then every time your wife
    would ask you to take out the garbage you
    would have to put on your hat, jacket,&
    Gartel and say the יחוד לשם. and then take
    out the garbage.
    Vues Master’s Note: My wife would tell me
    to put on my fancy loafers not a gartel!

    Dear Vues Master:
    writes ספר *צרור המור פרשת חיי שרה The
    that it is a great honor for the wife to die
    before her husband. Rebbetzin Batsheva
    Kanievski ה“ע asked her husband R.
    Chaim Zt”l, If there is any significance or
    advantage of both spouses dying within
    a short period of each other. R’ Chaim
    took out the Sefer “מתורגמן “from the
    bookshelf, and showed his Rebbetzin the
    beautiful poetic tefillah Eliyahu Bachur
    wrote, where he asks Hashem that his

    wife should not become an אלמנה, and he
    should not become an אלמן.
    Vues Master’s Note: Sounds depressing!

    Dear Vues Master:
    The סופר כתב in Parshas Chayei Sarah
    writes, that in a letter he wrote to his son,
    the Rambam blames his daughter for his
    white hair. It came about from the worries
    he had, finding a Shidduch for her, with
    someone befitting his family. The Ramban
    writes, had Avraham had a daughter he
    would have had worries about whom to
    give her away to. The סופר כתב explains,
    even with all of Avraham’s riches etc. it
    was a blessing not having a daughter so
    there won’t be any worries of finding her
    .שידוך הגון a
    Vues Master’s Note: There is a boy for
    every girl!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A Rav who was very careful in הלשון
    שמירת was once asked about a man
    whom he knew to be a liar. Not wanting
    to directly speak badly about the man, the
    Rav said: “He has an incredible memory!
    There are people who remember things
    that happened 30 years ago. There are
    those who remember things that happened
    50 years ago. This man remembers things
    that never happened.”
    Vues Master’s Note: I think the guy was
    oveir on Lashon Hora anyways!

    Dear Vues Master:
    In a rare move, the US House of
    Representatives has censured Michigan
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the Palestinian
    American Democrat, for her rhetoric in
    the wake of Hamas’s Oct. 7 invasion of
    Israel, including using the term “from the
    river to the sea.” The 234-188 vote saw
    22 Democrats vote to censure Tlaib. Some
    Democrats vehemently defended Tlaib’s
    right to free speech, while others said
    that the term “From the river to the sea”
    signifies the elimination of Israel. This is
    part of the age-old question in the West
    regarding what kind of “Hate” speech is
    protected by “Free” speech. Apparently,
    openly calling for the death of the Jewish
    people is not protected under the freedom
    of expression… Moral clarity for the win!
    Vues Master’s Note: Still not enough. We

    have to figure out how to get rid of the
    squad from Congress!

    IN WAR
    Dear Vues Master
    This is the first time Israel has been
    at war in over 50 years. It isn’t an
    experience anyone under 55 years old
    in Israel remembers. Israel has had
    operations, terror attacks, and raids
    before in the years past. We’ve lost
    soldiers to the scourge of terrorism and
    to our enemies. Our military cemeteries
    are full of heroes who are buried too early
    because of the refusal of our enemies to
    live peacefully with the Jewish people.
    Like all people, Jews are used to death
    as part of the human lifecycle. We have
    different stages of the death experience.
    We go from Aninus, the period between
    death to burial, to Shiva, to Shloshim,
    to the year of mourning. Each year we
    commemorate our lost loved ones with
    a yahrzeit, on the annual day of their
    passing. Death is a familiar experience
    in Judaism, and it takes up a great deal
    of our time and thought. We are used to
    saying someone died. When a soldier
    is lost to enemy fire we commonly use
    the vernacular, the soldier died. But
    the designation “died” isn’t exact and I
    think the distinction is important. When
    a Jewish soldier’s life is taken on the
    battlefield he was killed. The difference
    between died and killed is that died
    signifies an expected and timely passing.
    When someone is killed it connotes an
    untimely death, usually at the hands of
    another human being. Soldiers in the IDF
    are fighting for a righteous cause. There
    is no right for anyone to take their life.
    An IDF soldier will never kill anyone
    who willingly surrenders. The same is
    not true of our enemies – because our
    cause is just, and their cause is evil. An
    Israeli soldier whose life ended on the
    battlefield hasn’t died, they have been
    taken prematurely and without just
    cause; they were killed.
    Vues Master’s Note: Yehi Zichro Baruch.