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    Dear Vues Master:
    I want to bring attention to an issue that has been bothering
    me for a long time. I belong to a shul that is B’H busting
    at the seams and tight for space. There are many people in
    my shul who put shtenders to hold their place in shul and
    not only that, they put shtenders for their children as well. I
    am somewhat for it if a person comes to shul on time , but
    in many cases these people come to shul 20-30mns late and
    people who come to shul at the proper time don’t sit there as
    they don’t feel comfortable doing so. Furthermore, if they do
    take a seat with a shtender it creates an awkward situation
    when the owner does eventually show up after they finish
    their morning coffee and whatever it is they do to arrive late
    to shul. Its ends up distracting them from davening as they
    are constantly looking over their shoulder to see if the owner
    arrives and takes away from their focus on davening. I think
    if a person feels they need a shtender to daven, they should
    keep it on the side and put it on the table when they arrive
    to shul. Much more so their children’s shtender who are not
    there for half of the davening.
    Sincerely HT
    Vues Master’s Note: Just speak to the Gabbai! Anyone that
    arrives late forfeit their seat!
    Dear Vues Master
    This past Shabbos my Rav gave a drasha & remembered Rav
    Matisyahu Salomon zt”l. The rav said that he was once at a
    Chai Lifeline event & before the Rav walked into the room
    they told all the men to go one side & all the women to go
    to the other. When the Masgiach walked in he started talking
    & said that when dealing with children that have cancer it’s
    a team effort. The husband & wife must work together & he
    asked all the husbands & wives to sit together for the rest of
    his speech.
    Vues Master’s Note: The mashgiach was a gem. He will be
    missed by Klal Yisrael. Yehi Zichro Baruch.

    Dear Vues Master:
    A bochur in the Mirrer Yeshiva was once a guest in the home
    of R’ Chaim Shmulevitz, for a Shabbos meal. After the first
    course, R’ Chaim quickly complimented his Rebbetzin on
    how tasty the fish was. He paid her another compliment after
    the soup was served, and yet another each time a dish was
    served. Then he commented to the bochur how delicious
    everything was and how his rebbetzin did such a good job

    preparing all of it. The bochur was noticeably taken aback by
    the Rosh Hayeshivah’s behavior. R’ Chaim explained to the
    bochur “are you surprised at how I emphasize something so
    trivial as food?” “I can easily explain why I said what I did.” “I
    expend a tremendous amount of effort preparing each one of
    my shiurim. It takes hours of concentration, time, and energy.
    But when I repeat the shiur in Yeshivah and I see the reaction
    of the bochrim, it gives me tremendous nachas and I know that
    all of my effort was worth it. For my wife, her cooking and
    baking for our Shabbos meals is like a shiur. She invests all of
    her time, energy and effort into each meal. Her work should
    certainly not go unnoticed; therefore, I compliment her and
    show my appreciation.
    Vues Master’s Note: I would like to compliment you on this
    great letter!

    Dear Vues Master:
    I am hosting a kiddush in my house next Shabbos for 12
    guys in my shul. Each year one of us is required to host and
    this year is my lucky year. My eishes chayil wants nothing to
    do with the preparations and I don’t blame her and I plan to
    prepare the food myself . It will be a new experiment for me
    but I believe I am up for the job. I wish I could auto draft
    this kiddush but it’s going to require a lot of effort on my
    part as I consider myself an expert on partaking in a kiddush
    but not really preparing for one. My main issue lies with my
    friends insisting their families come with them as well. A
    kiddush for 12 men would turn into a kiddush for 50 plus.
    Having kids at a kiddush in shul (let alone my house) has
    been an issue for as long as I can remember. Kids grab all the
    food , make a mess and by the time the men want to eat they
    are scraping at the leftovers. Then there’s the expectations
    of food and drink .I myself don’t drink , (a shirley temple is
    the worst i would have) but most of these guys do. As far
    as food, I would love to keep it simple like I remember in
    my shul growing up, gefilte fish , some jarred herring, potato
    kugel and noodle kugel , cholent and once in a while falafel
    balls and meatballs but these days expectations are high. Are
    meatboards and liver platters and a shmorg of herring really
    necessary? I would love to make a l’chaim on some grape
    juice, (maybe j&b for my friends) and keep it simple like we
    used to do back in the days with some herring and cholent.
    Here’s to hoping it all goes well on Shabbos!
    Vues Master’s Note: We were taught that there is a mitzvah to
    feed the animals first. Hence by a kiddush the animals grab
    the food first!

    Dear Vues Master:
    The Rav was on his way home, when
    he suddenly noticed that his wallet was
    missing. The loss was a blow to the gut and
    caused him enormous distress. As soon as
    he walked through the door of his house,
    his wife sensed that something was wrong.
    “What happened?” she asked. “My wallet
    and my money are gone,” he sobbed. “I had
    it in my inside jacket pocket.” “Did you look
    in your pants pockets?” she asked. “Sure,”
    he said. “How about the side pocket of your
    jacket? Did you look there?” “Of course
    not,” he said. “Do you want me to lose the
    last bit of hope I have left?”
    Vues Master’s Note: Eh! There probably was
    no money in the wallet!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Hi I am writing to express my
    disappointment with the latest issue of
    your magazine. I have been a loyal reader
    for years and always turn to the parsha
    knowledge page but this week it was
    missing. I was very disappointed and
    confused as to why it was omitted. I have
    always enjoyed parsha knowledge because
    it is informative and interesting. It is also
    a great way to learn about the parsha. I am
    very disappointed that you have decided to
    remove it from the paper this week. I hope
    that you will reconsider your decision and
    reinstate parsha knowledge. I am sure that
    many other readers would agree with me.
    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Sincerely, A big fan of Parsha Knowledge
    Vues Master’s Note: Well Well Well we will
    see if it makes a come-back!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Two yeshiva boys seeking to make some
    money, asked a neighbor if he would be
    interested in having them paint the outside
    of his house. After they agreed on the
    price, the boys went to buy the paint. But
    finding it expensive, they bought only
    half the amount needed and added water
    to make up the difference. When they
    completed the paint job, the homeowner
    said “It looks great!” He was ready to pay
    them, when heavy rain began to fall. The
    rain drenched the house and the paint ran
    down the walls. Suddenly, as the three of
    them stood there in disbelief, there was
    thunder and lightning and a voice roaring
    from Heaven: “Repaint. Repaint and thin
    no more.”
    Vues Master’s Note: Sounds like Shabbos
    Shuva Drasha!

    Dear Vues Master:
    In the days of the Talmud, and in our own
    day, an ordinary instance of theft is assumed
    to generally result in the ye-ush or despair of
    the owner or victim ever being in a position
    to redeem the stolen item, barring certain
    circumstances. The Talmud suggests at one
    point that if for whatever good reason the
    owner did not yet despair at the time the
    thief stole and then sold the animal, the sale
    was invalid (Baba Kama 68). The Torah,
    of course, takes it a step further. The 8th
    Commandment in the Bible, not to “steal”
    (Ex. 20:13) has actually been interpreted
    to mean not to kidnap – and, presumably,
    in today’s world, not to take hostages. The
    Torah states “and he who steals a man and
    sells him, and he is found in his hand (or
    in his power), he shall be put to death (Ex
    21:16) (Sanhedrin 86a). In this case there is
    no owner’s despair (Baba Kama 68) since it
    has been noted that no one ever despairs of
    his own freedom (Rashi). It has been said that
    “where there is life, there is hope,” and Jewish
    law is full of examples of doing whatever
    can be done to preserve life in the hope of a
    better tomorrow. It usually applies to health,
    but in this case, every Israeli hostage hopes
    for freedom, and virtually every Jew joins in
    this hope. Many, of course, join not just in
    this hope, but join the army and the reserves
    in helping to turn this hope into reality, or
    try to help in any other way possible. (Many
    don’t, but that’s for another article!) The
    laws of modern Israel are more “liberal”
    than the laws of the Bible. The codifiers
    of the Israeli legal system created Article
    369 of the Criminal Code, condemning
    kidnappers to just 10 years. But note that
    even the relatively liberal Israeli laws were
    created to double the punishment to 20 years
    (Article 373) for kidnapping a minor or an
    insane person. The laws are liberal from the
    point of view of the kidnappers, of course;
    not so liberal from the point of view of the
    people who are kidnapped, especially those
    who end up being murdered in the process,
    but there is still no doubt that Israel’s laws
    of kidnapping did not envision the kind
    of terror, barbarism, fear, and famine that
    accompanied the kidnappings of this past
    Simchat Torah in Israel. The kidnappers and
    murderers of October 7 made no distinction
    between adults and minors, women and
    children, the sane and the insane, and
    soldiers and civilians (except when it
    came to releasing them during pauses).
    Some college presidents in Congressional
    hearings notoriously condoned supporters
    of the kidnappers and the murderers of
    October 7, and then there were some soft
    steps of testifiers trying to walk back their
    rationalizations with other rationalizations.
    It should be noted that people who testify

    and then attempt to change the substance of
    their testimony upon being criticized make
    a mockery of the concept of perjury. There
    would be much less perjury in the world if
    people could just change their testimony at
    will, and not just to correct the record but
    to alter it. Kidnapping civilians of all ages
    in peacetime compounded by what else
    happened on and after October 7th in Israel
    was obviously heinous, but making Jews
    and others on and off college campuses
    and communities throughout the rest of the
    world feel unsafe in their normal places
    of study, work, domicile, recreation, and
    transportation, because of abuse of the
    legislative system and misinformation,
    distortions, and double standards can lead
    to the creation of technically unrestricted
    pseudo-hostages whose ability to come and
    go and speak as they please without fear
    of bodily or economic harm (even if not
    imminent) is limited in scenarios that should
    also be unacceptable in a civilized world,
    even if the Jews outside of Israel are not
    nearly as endangered as the real hostages in
    a world that seems to be increasingly unreal.
    Vues Master’s Note: Mamesh Inyana

    Dear Vues Master:
    It was the first day of school in Paris. The
    teacher asked each child to stand up and
    state his name. When little Mohammed rose
    and introduced himself, the teacher said: “In
    France, you need to have a French name. As
    of today, you will be known as Jean Pierre.”
    When he went home, his parents asked:
    “Mohammed, what did you learn in school
    today?” “I learned that since we live in
    France, my name isn’t Mohammed anymore.
    I’m Jean Pierre now.” His father was furious.
    “What? You’re embarrassed with your name?
    You want to reject your heritage?” And with
    that, he slapped him across his face. The next
    day, Jean Pierre/Mohammed came to school
    with a swollen face. The teacher asked him
    what happened. “Two hours after I became
    French,” he answered, “I was attacked by
    two Arabs.”
    Vues Master’s Note: That is today’s society
    in a nut shell!

    Dear Vues Master:
    My family and I are avid readers of the
    Jewish Vues. The inspirational articles and
    content inspire us and help us get through
    the long week. One of our highlights of the
    Shabbat night meal is reading the Parsha
    knowledge article from Aryeh Fingerer.
    We take turns reading it and The amazing
    and heartwarming torah thought and the

    Incredible story always inspire our family
    and our guests. This past Shabbat we were
    quite disappointed that The article wasn’t
    there. I thought I didn’t see it because I was
    tired or something. But my son also looked
    but To his chagrin, he did not find anything.
    We hope all is ok. We are just reaching out.
    Thank you and we hope to g-d willing to see
    it this week. Thank you!
    Vues Master’s Note: I wonder if it will come

    Dear Vues Master:
    Rashi explains נחש = תנין) snake) The
    The רד“ק the from quotes שפתי חכמים
    word תנין when it’s on dry land it is a
    snake and when it is in water it is a fish. In
    modern Hebrew, תנין means a crocodile or
    an alligator. Here again, it depends if it is on
    land or in water.
    Vues Master’s Note: I would not want to
    tangle with either one of them!

    Dear Vues Master:
    It was Chanukah and the Judge asked the
    defendant “Do you know why you were
    arrested?” “Yes,” he replied. “I did my
    Chanukah shopping early.” “But that’s not
    a crime,” said the Judge. “It is if you do it
    before the store opens,” he answered.
    Vues Master’s Note: This would not happen
    today as we don’t arrest people for stealing
    anymore. We live in Sodom Ve Amora!

    Dear Vues Master:
    The first thing Moshe rabbeinu did after
    becoming a גדול was to go out to his brethren
    and observe their burdens.
    FM DE
    Vues Master’s Note: Today’s yeshivas don’t
    measure themselves by the Talmidim that
    come out of their yeshiva but rather by the
    Talmidim they accept! Sad but true!

    Dear Vues Master:
    Rav Yissochar Frand once taught that it is
    not always easy to lend money, because a
    person always reasons that he can “make
    money with money.” It is therefore often
    hard for one to part with his money. Rav
    Frand said, “I recently heard the following
    amazing story.” Reuven and Shimon are best
    friends, as close as brothers. Reuven went to
    Shimon and said, “Shimon, I need to borrow
    $250,000. I need this money urgently.
    Otherwise, my business will collapse.”
    Shimon hesitates. “Where am I supposed
    to get $250,000?” Reuven tells Shimon,

    “But Shimon, you told me just a couple of
    weeks ago that you finished paying off your
    house. Please take out a new mortgage on
    your house.” Shimon again hesitated, but
    Reuven begged and pressed him for the
    loan. Shimon went home and consulted
    with his wife. She advised, “Go ask the
    Rav what to do.” The Rav told him, you
    are not actually obligated to do this, but
    if you trust this person, then it would be
    a very big Mitzvah to help him. Shimon
    went back to Reuven and said, “Okay. I
    will help you.” He went to the bank and
    applied to take out a second mortgage on
    his house. Both Reuven and Shimon live
    in Far Rockaway, New York. The bank
    processed the paperwork and agreed to
    give Shimon a second mortgage, but they
    warned him that he lived in a flood plain,
    and he would not be eligible for the loan
    unless he took out flood insurance. Shimon
    agreed and took out flood insurance, and
    received the mortgage. He then lent Reuven
    the $250,000. Three weeks later, Shimon’s
    house was flooded by Hurricane Sandy.
    However, he was covered because he had
    just taken out the flood insurance! Rav
    Frand asked, “In reality, who was actually
    doing the favor?!”
    Vues Master’s Note: One good turn deserves

    Dear Vues Master:
    Yesterday, I returned from Eretz Yisroel,
    and on the way back, I sat next to a fellow.
    We nodded a few times as we were waiting
    for the suitcases. I introduced myself, and I
    asked him why he went to Eretz Yisroel. I
    saw he was there with his family. I thought
    they went for a vacation. He told me that his
    son was Niftar. I couldn’t believe it. I gave
    him a hug. I thought maybe it’s his son in
    the army. He told me he had an eight year
    old child, and the boy was niftar suddenly.
    I hugged him again. I was overwhelmed by
    the tzara, and that this person was sitting
    next to me the entire time, and I didn’t
    bother to find out what might be troubling
    him. As I was leaving the airport, I thought
    to myself, Lo Meever Layam Hei, you don’t
    have to go across the Atlantic to find, and
    hear the Tzar of Klal Yisrael, and to be able
    to try to feel the pain to minimize the tzar
    of those who are suffering. There are people
    in our communities, people that are sitting
    right next to us that are going through
    tremendously difficult times. If only we’d
    have the sensitivity to be able to try to feel
    their pain. I was very moved by the whole
    incident, but I think it’s something that we
    need to keep in mind. What’s going on
    in Eretz Yisrael now is meant to partially
    make us feel, make us really, really feel

    for fellow Jews. But we don’t need to go
    to Eretz Yisrael to act upon it. We can do it
    in our own backyards, and hopefully iy”H
    we will.
    Vues Master’s Note: Es Felt nisht kein
    tzures! We have to be nosey Be Ol.

    AS A JEW
    Dear Vues Master:
    Ya know how when someone says “No
    offense but…”, they’re about to offend you?
    When they say, “With all due respect…”,
    they’re going to disrespect you? So
    here’s another one for ya. When someone
    says “As a Jew…” they’re about to say
    something highly antisemitic. Yes, Jews
    can be antisemitic. It’s called self hating
    Jews and we’ve had them in literally every
    single generation. The antisemites love to
    use them as their trophy Jew to justify their
    own Jew hatred. Like these dudes…. Every
    antisemite who knows zero about Judaism
    or Jews, somehow is familiar with Neturei
    Karta, an extremist group that often goes
    to anti Israel rallies and meets with actual
    terrorists. This is a group that is rejected by
    literally 99% of Jews but somehow have
    become the poster child for antisemitism.
    So, yea, look out for the “As a Jew” folks.
    They’re the worst of the worst and they
    represent themselves and that’s about it.
    They sure don’t represent me. I think I’m
    going to make a Tshirt that says “As a
    Hillel Fuld
    Vues Master’s Note: I’m a Jew I’m a Jew
    and proud to be a Jew!

    Dear Vues Master:
    The” ,writes שם הגדולים in חיד“א The
    אשכנז חכמי have a Kabbalah, that naming
    a person with a name of an animal (Dov
    Zev Ayalah etc.) prevents sickness from
    that person.
    Vues Master’s Note: It is all in the name

    Dear Vues Master:
    Queen Rania of Jordan has introduced a new

    term into 21st century discourse: pogrom-
    denier. “It hasn’t been independently

    verified…that Israeli children [were] found
    butchered in an Israeli kibbutz,” the queen
    said in an interview on CNN. “There’s
    no proof of that.” Yet really, the queen
    shouldn’t be surprised that Israel’s enemies
    are capable of such horrors. After all, her
    own country’s troops committed nearly
    identical atrocities against numerous Israeli
    Jews during the 1948 war. The Jordanian
    army, then known as the Arab Legion,

    played a central role in the war against
    the newborn Jewish state, often operating
    alongside Palestinian Arab terrorist forces
    that were in many ways precursors of Hamas.
    R.M. Graves, an official of the British
    administration in Palestine at the beginning
    of the war, wrote in his diary (published in
    the 1949 book Experiment in Anarchy) that
    “the mutilation of the Jewish dead” was “a
    common practice” among the Arab forces.
    After one attack, he wrote: “Some heads
    were cut off the bodies of the fallen Jews
    and have been carried round Jerusalem
    as trophies of victory. A British member
    of my staff met a younger in the German
    Colony yesterday, who showed him a
    handful of severed fingers.” The renowned
    investigative journalist John Roy Carlson
    (Arthur Derounian) worked undercover in
    Arab areas in and next to Israel during the
    1948 war. He wrote of the aftermath of
    one Arab attack near Jerusalem: “The next
    day on sale everywhere in the Holy City
    were gruesome photographs of the battle:
    the burnt and mutilated bodies of Haganah
    men…had been stripped of clothing and
    photographed in the nude….Arabs carried
    them in their wallets and displayed them
    frequently…” Contemporaneous sources
    reveal the same facts. To cite just one of many
    examples, a Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    report on January 19, 1948, summarizing
    Arab attacks in recent days, mentioned
    that a Jew murdered by Arabs in Jerusalem
    “was mutilated and his body was partially
    burned,” while “an unidentified Jewish male
    was found near Haifa with the head severed
    from the body.” Uri Milstein’s four-volume
    History of Israel’s War of Independence, the
    definitive study of the subject, chronicles the
    1948 war battle by battle. Again and again,
    he refers to actions by the Jordanians or the
    Palestinian Arabs that sound as if they were
    taken straight from accounts of the October
    7 pogrom. A Jewish truck from Kibbutz

    Negba was ambushed on the Kiryat Gat-
    Ashkelon Road on December 6, 1947; the

    driver and passenger fled. When their bodies
    were later found, they showed “signs of
    abuse.” Three days after that, a patrol from
    Kibbutz Gvulot encountered Jordanian
    troops near the village of Shu’ot. “British
    troops later brought the mutilated corpses
    of the dead to Kibbutz Gvulot,” Milstein
    reports. On December 11, a Jewish
    convoy from Jerusalem to Gush Etzion was
    ambushed by Arab forces. Yaffa Mundlak,
    a medic who survived, recounted: “When
    our bullets ran out, the Arabs went down
    to the road and slaughtered the [Jews] one
    by one. There was a girl there. They yanked
    up her head by the hair and shot her in the
    forehead…Most of the others were killed.
    The Arabs mutilated the corpses and burned
    the truck.” A convoy from Mikveh Yisrael

    was attacked as it passed the Arab town of
    Yazur on January 22. “All seven men in
    the pickup were killed, some instantly in
    the explosion, the other wounded victims
    beaten and stabbed to death by [the Arab
    attackers], who then abused the corpses…”
    On February 2, Arabs ambushed a Jewish
    vehicle going through the Sheikh Jarrah
    of Jerusalem. They murdered two Jews,
    “burned the car and mutilated the bodies.”
    After the last defenders of Gush Etzion
    surrendered on May 13, the Arab Legion
    forces murdered the prisoners, “stripped the
    corpses, looted them, and then mutilated
    the bodies until they were difficult and
    almost impossible to identify. One body was
    decapitated.” The list of such examples
    goes on and on, and much of it sounds
    remarkably similar to what we know the
    Hamas pogromists did on October 7, from
    murdering wounded prisoners and burning
    Jews alive, to mutilations, decapitations,
    and sexual violence. We know that all
    happened from the videos that the killers
    themselves posted on social media; from
    the transcripts of the murderers’ telephone
    calls; from the confessions that captured
    terrorists have given; and the countless
    eyewitness testimonies of the survivors.
    This is the evidence that the queen of Jordan
    denies. With her charm, elegance, and
    Western education, Queen Rania, like her
    husband King Abdullah II, is often regarded
    as the epitome of reason and moderation.
    Her descent into pogrom-denial, however,
    undermines that perception. One may
    wonder whether the queen of Jordan is so
    ignorant, and so enamored of conspiracy
    mongering, that she honestly believes
    the atrocities stories are all fabricated—
    presumably as the result of a conspiracy by
    the governments of Israel and the United
    States, together with world Jewry and the
    international news media. Or perhaps
    it’s just that she is so dishonest and cynical
    that she denies the atrocities, even though
    she knows they happened, simply in order
    to undermine world sympathy for Israel.
    It’s hard to know which possibility is more
    Rafael Medoff
    Vues Master’s Note: Thanks for your
    enlightenment regarding current events!