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    Dear Vues Master
    Please thank Councilwoman Inna Vernikov for her op-ed.
    So many people appreciate her efforts, even though they do
    so quietly. Chazak!
    Vues Master’s Note:

    It is nice to see a leader in the city council that is not anti-

    Dear Vues Master
    Every American should understand what happened this
    past Monday – if G-d forbid you are ever taken hostage
    by terrorists, your government is prepared to abandon you
    rather than defeat those who are holding you. Don’t be deeply
    disturbed, disappointed and outraged at the US vote in the
    UN today calling for a ceasefire without mentioning Hamas
    only because you support Israel. Be outraged because you
    are an American and there are 6 Americans still being held
    hostage in Gaza – Edan Alexander, 19. Itay Chen, 19. Omer
    Neutra, 22. Hersh Goldberg-Polin, 23. Sagui Dekel-Chen,
    35 and Keith Siegel, 64. They deserve elected leaders who
    help Israel do everything and anything to get them back and
    to defeat Hamas, not call for a ceasefire.
    Vues Master’s Note: America can not be relied on anymore.
    They are pandering to the Moslem vote!

    Dear Vues Master
    I’m so glad that you received a quote last week from Chief
    Richie Taylor about the cancellation of the Israel real estate
    event in Brooklyn. We all knew that the cops never told
    anyone in Flatbush not to hold the event. It was just a few
    “askanim” that made up the whole thing. We are very proud
    of our men in blue and feel confident that they can do their
    jobs properly & protect us. I was telling everyone last week
    that being in Richie Taylor’s neighborhood, we will always
    get adequate protection. Between the NYPD & the Flatbush
    Shomrim I feel safe in Flatbush.
    Vues Master’s Note: We are only safe when we follow

    Dear Vues Master
    The Netanyahu government decided this past Monday to

    remove an element of its outline for a chareidi conscription

    law due to an objection by Attorney General Gali Baharav-
    Miara, who argued that it would interfere with their basic

    right to pursue employment. The outline would raise the
    age at which chareidi men are exempt from military service
    from 26 to 35. Chareidim receive annual exemptions from
    military service so long as they are studying in a yeshivah or
    kollel. In a March 24 letter to Cabinet Secretary Yossi Fuchs,
    Baharav-Miara argued that “postponement of the exemption
    age raises considerable constitutional difficulties, including
    from the view of equality and freedom of occupation.” She
    cited Israel’s Basic Law: Freedom of Occupation, adopted
    in 1994, which states: “Every citizen or inhabitant of the
    State is entitled to engage in any occupation, profession or
    Vues Master’s Note: As we always say and know that the
    army does not want a bunch of Na Nachs running to the
    mikvah all the time!!

    Dear Vues Master
    My family loved Councilwomans Inna Vernikovs OP-ED
    in last week’s edition. Someone needed to say it & Inna said
    it. Thank you Inna!
    Vues Master’s Note: We need some more outspoken people
    on the city council!

    Dear Vues Master
    Last week’s quote of the week by Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
    was great. I took a picture of it & sent it to all my friends.
    People overdo it when it comes to Mishloach Manos these
    Vues Master’s Note: As long as it is in good spirit and fun
    why not over do it! We overdo it when it comes to Pesach

    Dear Vues Master
    Schumer is no shomer yisroel. He is a self hating Jew. I
    can’t believe he gave that speech last week. I am so glad
    the Jewish Vues made a bashing Schumer section last week.
    Vues Master’s Note: Whatever we did, it was not enough!

    Dear Vues Master
    I am finding great difficulty in finding the
    words that can best express my views on
    the applicable timing today of this song.
    The song was prompted by one Mordechai
    Gebirtig due to the pogrom in 1936 in the
    Polish city of Przytyk. I hope to have the
    time for the next issue to explain my take
    on today’s relevance of this sad Yiddish
    song. In the meantime I implore all the
    readers to pay attention to the words of
    the late Gebirtig. Those of my generation
    remember well the sad words – and those
    who are fortunate not to have lived through
    the Gehenom of those times- try looking up
    this sad sad song . To be continued…..
    Vues Master’s Note: We always knew that if
    it hurts we scream and we need to scream
    big-time we have Hostages needing our

    Dear Vues Master
    Last week a letter was printed that said,
    “Hitler reacted by making the Jews go on
    the streets and lick the sidewalks.” In my
    opinion this is vulgar and מאוס and not
    worthy of being printed. Our yiddishe
    neshama is harmed by reading evil things.
    Vues Master’s Note: Oh! So should we
    forget about the Holocaust? Our neshama
    must truly feel what our ancestors suffered!!

    Dear Vues Master
    King Achashverosh was *Finnish* with
    his disobedient wife Vashti. “You *Congo*
    now!” he ordered her. After she had
    *Ghana* way, the king’s messengers went
    *Roman* the land to find a new queen.
    *Iran* around all over and *India* end, the
    beautiful Esther won the crown. Meanwhile,
    Mordechai sat outside the palace, where the
    *Chile* Haman would *Czech* up on him
    daily. “I *Haiti* you because you refuse to
    bow to me!” Haman scolded Mordechai.
    “*USA* very stubborn man. You Jews
    are such *Bahamas*! If you keep this up,
    *Denmark* my words! I will have all your
    people killed! Just *Kuwait* and see, you
    *Turkey*! “ Mordechai went into mourning
    and tore his clothes–a custom known as
    *Korea*. He urged Esther to plead with the
    king. The Jews fasted for three days and
    grew very *Hungary*. Esther approached
    the king and asked, ‘*Kenya* *Belize*
    come to a banquet I’ve prepared for you and
    Haman?” At the feast, she invited her guests
    to a second banquet to eat *Samoa*. The
    king asked, “Esther, why *Jamaica* big
    meal like this? Just tell me what you want.

    Up to half my *United Kingdom* will I give
    you.” Esther replied, “*Spain* full for me to
    say this, but Haman is *Russian* to kill my
    people.” Haman’s loud *Wales* could be
    heard as he carried *Honduran* this scene.
    “*Oman*!” Haman cried bitterly. “*Iraq*
    my brains in an effort to destroy the Jews.
    But that sneaky Mordechai – *Egypt* me!
    “ Haman and his ten sons were hanged and
    went immediately to the *Netherlands*.
    And to *Sweden* the deal, the Jews were
    allowed to *Polish* off the rest of their
    foes as well. “You lost your enemies and
    *Uganda* friend,” the king smiled. And
    that is why the Purim story Israeli a miracle.
    G-d decided to *China* light on His chosen
    people. So now, let’s celebrate! Forget all
    your *Syria’s* business and just be happy!
    *Serb* up some wine and **Taiwan**on !!
    Happy Purim!!!
    Country Yossi
    Vues Master’s Note: Great Purim Torah

    Dear Vues Master
    Notwithstanding the United Nations
    Security Council vote of this past Monday,
    Shushan Purim, whose full or even partial
    compliance is still far from guaranteed as
    this issue went to press, there is pressure for
    the Israelis not only to stop fighting (without
    even getting any hostages back at that time
    – let alone all of them, as required by the
    resolution), and not only to allow more
    humanitarian help to reach the “civilians” in
    Gaza, but even to pay for the humanitarian
    aid, either directly or indirectly, even though
    many of these civilians voted for Hamas
    to take power, supported what happened
    on October 7th, and continue to harbor
    hostages. The daf yomi in the Gemarah
    that was studied through the world as this
    paper went into press (Baba Metzia 28)
    discusses what happens if a person finds
    lost property that works and eats, such as
    an animal that can be harnessed to pull a
    plough which pulls in income. In that case,
    the finder should maintain the animal while
    trying to ascertain who lost it; however, if
    the lost and found property is an animal that
    just eats without producing any revenue,
    the animal should not be retained while
    the search for the owner continues but
    should be sold — not even that it may be
    sold; but it shall be sold. The reasoning, as
    per the Shitah Mekubetzet, cited by Rabbi
    Rosner in his Daf Yomi shiur, is drachehah
    darkhei noam, the ways of G-d are ways
    of pleasantness. There is a limit to the
    “impositions” expected of a good Samaritan
    – or of a good Gemarah-following Jew, to
    care for any of G-d’s creatures, but only if

    they cannot care for themselves, or pay their
    own way, one way or another. (There are
    always enough people in this world in need
    of assistance who do not have rich relatives
    or big brothers in rich governments or
    international aid entities, and these people
    who have nobody else to help them and no
    other government or U.N. assistance should
    presumably get priority.) So what is the
    relevance of this discussion in the Gemara
    to the poor now- homeless Arabs in Gaza?
    In a sane and fair world, Israel might – or
    might not — be expected to cooperate even
    more than they already are in transporting
    humanitarian aid and assistance to civilians
    in Gaza while these civilians are in limbo
    like the lost and found animal referred to in
    the Gemara ; but in a sane and fair world,
    Hamas-controlled Arabs in Gaza should not
    be harboring hostages; Hamas-controlled
    Gazans should not be attacking convoys
    bearing humanitarian aid; and Hamas itself
    should not be launching missiles against the
    Israelis (including, in effect, against fellow
    Arabs who find themselves in harm’s way
    and range). Arab civilians in Gaza should
    have been earning money invested in
    industry and farming from the millions of
    dollars sent to them for assistance over the
    years; and neighboring Arabs with unlimited
    petrodollars should be expected to provide
    assistance and refuge, and to reimburse
    the Israelis for their assistance to fellow
    Arabs. But in the world we live in, most
    of the “humanitarian” assistance sent to
    the Arabs in Gaza since the Israelis handed
    the region back to the Arabs about 20 years
    ago has been spent on destructive tunnels
    instead of constructive infrastructure to
    enable the Gazans to support themselves
    and to have money left over to give to the
    Israelis to help transport humanitarian aid
    to them. Actually, the Israelis did leave
    very productive greenhouses behind, nearly
    20 years ago, but the Gazans cut their
    respective noses to spite their contorted
    faces by burning the greenhouses to the
    ground until they were charred and black,
    eliminating sources of support given to them
    on a silver platter, thoughts of repercussions
    not to matter. There is a simple solution to
    the problem. The world should insist on (1)
    capturing or “neutralizing” or helping Israel
    to capture or “neutralize” the terrorists
    including the leaders that they follow who
    stole much of the “humanitarian” aid over
    the past 20 years, through to the present,
    and who converted it to destructive tunnels
    and weapons, (2) recovering the money
    skimmed off by the upper echelons of the
    terrorists now living in luxury in Qatar and
    elsewhere, and stashed away in Swiss bank
    accounts or other locations and investments,
    and (3) providing the means and assistance

    for Gazans to work for their sustenance,
    with no more raw materials that can be
    utilized to construct tunnels and weapons.
    Drachehah darchei noam. The ways of G-d
    are ways of pleasantness. If only the ways
    of more politicians, diplomats, and other
    decision-makers throughout the world, let
    alone ordinary citizens, would follow the
    ways of G-d more closely. The writer is
    an attorney who devoted some time, as a
    student, volunteering in a religious kibbutz
    near the Gaza border, and knows from
    experience how productive this area can be,
    notwithstanding the proximity of Jews to
    Arabs in the region.
    Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq.
    Vues Master’s Note: History repeats itself
    and it is all in the Torah!

    Dear Vues Master
    October 7 and its aftermath should be prime
    material for America’s tens of thousands
    of sociologists. Those who study the
    factors that shape social behavior should
    be keenly interested in questions such as:
    What moves people to join terrorist groups
    that fire rockets into kindergartens? What
    influences civilians to accompany and
    assist gangs of killers on a cross-border
    murder-and-rape spree? What inspires
    people around the world to deny or justify
    ghastly atrocities against Jews? Yet instead
    of examining these important questions,
    a number of extremists in the world of
    sociology are promoting a resolution about
    Gaza that pretends the October 7 attack
    never happened and claims Israel launched
    a genocidal campaign against the people of
    Gaza for no apparent reason. The process
    leading up to the proposed resolution began
    ten days after the October 7 pogrom, when
    2,000 sociologists released a statement
    accusing Israel of committing genocide in
    Gaza. That was nearly two weeks before
    a single Israeli soldier had set foot there.
    The sociologists’ statement did not contain
    a single word condemning the October
    7 massacre. It was just a tirade against
    what it called “75 years of settler colonial
    occupation and European empire,” that is,
    75 years of Israel existing. In the weeks
    to follow, a number of the signatories on
    that statement established “Sociologists for
    Palestine,” which, according to its website,
    was created in order to “support and amplify
    the work of Faculty for Justice in Palestine
    [and] Students for Justice in Palestine.”
    FJP and SJP are the organizers of the
    extreme and often violent anti-Israel rallies
    that are taking place on American college
    campuses. They oppose Israel’s existence
    and defend the October 7 pogrom. Recently,

    573 of these anti-Israel sociologists asked
    the American Sociological Association
    (ASA) to adopt a virulently anti-Israel
    resolution. The ASA’s general membership
    will vote on the text in the weeks to
    come. The drafters of the resolution were
    trained in a profession that emphasizes
    dispassionate, scholarly objectivity. Yet
    their resolution is a wild anti-Israel screed
    that does not even pretend to be objective
    or evenhanded. Like last year’s statement,
    the proposed resolution does not condemn
    the October 7 pogrom. In fact, it does not
    even mention the Hamas attack. It depicts
    the Mideast events of the past few months
    as an unprovoked genocidal aggression
    against Gaza by bloodthirsty Israelis. The
    resolution compares Israel’s actions in
    Gaza to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    If the Ukrainian government had sent an
    army of several thousand heavily-armed
    soldiers across the Russian border, to
    slaughter 1200 Russian civilians, behead
    babies, and gang-rape and sexually torture
    scores of Russian women, and the Russians
    responded by invading Ukraine in pursuit
    of the killers, the sociologists’ analogy
    would make sense. But since Ukraine did
    not do any of that, what the resolution is
    saying is that Israel, like Russia, is guilty
    of unprovoked aggression against its
    peaceful neighbor. Significantly, the draft
    resolution invokes an earlier statement by
    the American Sociological Association
    praising “the hundreds of Indigenous
    Nations who continue to resist, live, and
    uphold their sacred relations across their
    lands.” Since that resolution had nothing
    whatsoever to do with Israel or Gaza,
    the drafters seem to have brought it into
    the resolution in order to suggest that the
    Arab residents of Gaza are an indigenous
    nation who have the right to “resist.”
    That euphemism has been widely used by
    pro-Hamas groups to justify the October
    7 massacre. Remarkably, the proposed
    resolution does not mention Hamas. The
    text does cite wildly implausible statistics
    from Hamas about civilian casualties
    in Gaza, but since the resolution calls
    the source of those numbers “the Gaza
    Ministry of Health,” those who vote on it
    will not know that the information actually

    comes from a division of a Holocaust-
    denying terrorist organization—not the

    kind of source most reasonable people
    would consider reliable. As is typical of
    contemporary pro-Hamas activists, the
    radical sociologists wrap themselves in
    fake victimhood. They claim that those
    who “support Palestine” have been
    “silenced, intimidated, punished, and
    harassed” and “often misrepresented as
    anti-semitic.” Note the vague terminology

    and passive tense; no actual proof of
    those charges is provided—because
    none exists. In reality, “supporters of

    Palestine” are amply represented on op-
    ed pages, television shows, podcasts and

    countless university podiums. The draft
    resolution concludes with a superfluous
    declaration of the right of ASA members
    “to speak out against Zionist occupation.”
    Of course, the United States Constitution
    already protects their right to speak out
    against anything they choose. But it does
    not compel the rest of us to pretend that
    “Zionist occupation” is anything but a
    thinly-disguised codeword for “Jews.”
    Sociologists who are interested in fulfilling
    the principles of their profession have
    their work cut out for them. If they are as
    concerned about women’s rights as they
    claim to be, they should be studying the
    mental and social factors influencing the
    Hamas gang-rapes and sexual mutilations.
    If they are as interested in the welfare of
    children as they say they are, they should
    be analyzing the factors that motivated
    Hamas’s decapitation of babies. The
    proposed resolution, which in effect
    justifies the atrocities as “resistance” to
    “genocide,” represents a betrayal of basic
    sociological principles and a giant step
    backward for the profession.
    Rafael Medoff
    Vues Master’s Note: Thanks for your
    history lesson as always you are right on!

    Dear Vues Master:
    A college dean’s demand that Jewish
    students remove the word “Jewish”
    from their event honoring the victims of
    October 7 has sparked outrage, and rightly
    so. Sadly, however, the dean’s action was
    not unprecedented. On October 10,
    2023, students at Middlebury College,
    in Vermont, showed Dean of Students
    Derek Doucet their poster for an upcoming
    vigil honoring the 1,200 Jews massacred,
    tortured, raped and beheaded by Palestinian
    Arab terrorists three days earlier. The
    poster’s headline read, “Stand in Solidarity
    with the Jewish People.” That was too
    much for Dean Doucet, according to emails
    obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
    He told the students to stop focusing so
    much on the Jews and be “more inclusive.”
    The vigil should “honor all the innocent
    lives lost,” the dean asserted. It should
    refer to “tragedies that have struck Israel
    and Gaza.” The dean added a dark note:
    calling for solidarity with the Jews might
    cause “unhelpful reactions,” he warned.
    Doucet does not seem to have objected
    when the Muslim Students Association at
    Middlebury held a “Vigil for Palestine.” It

    does not appear to have been a particularly
    inclusive event, according to the extensive
    coverage by the student newspaper, The
    Middlebury Campus. The vigil attendees
    did not mourn for the Jews slaughtered
    by Hamas. To add insult to injury,
    Middlebury’s Vice President of Equity
    and Inclusion, Khuram Hussain, attended
    the “Vigil for Palestine” but did not attend
    the Jewish vigil. There was a troubling
    precedent for Dean Doucet’s actions during
    the Nazi years, when President Franklin
    D. Roosevelt and his administration
    repeatedly downplayed or denied the
    Jewish identity of Hitler’s victims. In
    September 1933, Henry Morgenthau, Jr.
    visited the White House to request a public
    statement about the persecution of Jews
    in Nazi Germany. FDR told Morgenthau,
    his longtime friend and soon-to-be
    Treasury Secretary, that he preferred to
    say something about human rights abuses
    in Germany in general, without focusing
    on the Jews. In the end, however, the
    president made no statement at all. In
    the eighty-two press conferences President
    Roosevelt held in 1933, the subject of the
    oppression of Jews in Europe arose just
    once, and not at Roosevelt’s initiative.
    It would be five more years, and another
    348 presidential press conferences,
    before FDR would again say anything
    publicly about the Jews. Even at the
    peak of the Holocaust, Roosevelt and his
    administration avoided mentioning that
    Jews were being targeted by the Nazis. The
    U.S. statement announcing a conference
    in Bermuda in 1943 to discuss the Jewish
    refugee crisis emphasized: “The refugee
    problem should not be considered as being
    confined to persons of any particular race
    or faith.” Senior American, British, and
    Soviet officials, meeting in Moscow in
    late 1943, issued a statement threatening
    postwar punishment for Nazi war crimes
    against “French, Dutch, Belgian or
    Norwegian hostages…Cretan peasants…
    [and] the people of Poland”—but not
    Jews. President Roosevelt did not use the
    word “Jews” even in his 1944 statement
    commemorating the anniversary of the
    Warsaw Ghetto revolt. Early in 1944,
    officials of the U.S. War Refugee Board
    drafted a proposed presidential message
    to the people of Axis-occupied countries,
    warning them not to collaborate in
    atrocities against Jews. White House
    aides informed the Board that President
    Roosevelt “wanted the statement rewritten
    so as to be aimed less directly at the
    atrocities against the Jews.” The final
    version deleted the reference to Jews
    being murdered “solely because they were
    Jews.” It removed three of the statement’s

    six references to Jews. And it added
    three opening paragraphs naming various
    other nationalities who were suffering
    because of the war. In September of that
    year, the War Refugee Board ran into a
    similar problem with General Dwight D.
    Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the
    Allied forces in Europe. The Board drafted
    a leaflet which it wanted U.S. planes to
    drop over Europe, warning civilians to
    refrain from participating in Nazi atrocities
    against Jews. Eisenhower insisted on
    deleting the leaflet’s reference to Jews. The
    final version urged readers not to “molest,
    harm or persecute” any of the “great
    many men” being held by the German
    authorities, “no matter what their religion
    or nationality may be.” Arthur Szyk, the
    famous artist and Jewish activist, charged
    that the persecution of Europe’s Jews was
    being “treated as a pornographical subject-
    -you cannot discuss it in polite society.”
    There was a reason behind the Roosevelt
    administration’s policy of downplaying
    or denying the Jewish identity of Hitler’s
    victims. The president and his advisers were
    concerned that if they publicly recognized
    that the Jews were being singled out, then
    “the various [Allied] Governments would
    expose themselves to increased pressure
    from all sides to do something more
    specific in order to aid these people,” as
    one State Department official explained
    in an internal discussion. The action by
    the Middlebury College dean stems from
    a similar mindset. Focusing attention on
    the Jews who were murdered and raped
    on October 7 could increase pressure
    on the dean to do something about the
    campus extremists who are cheering the
    murderers and rapists—just as focusing
    attention on the Jewish victims during the
    Holocaust risked creating pressure to do
    something about their plight. Eighty years
    have passed, and the names and places
    have changed, but it seems the tragic
    phenomenon of “the unmentionable Jew”
    is still with us.
    Vues Master’s Note: How history repeats