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    Dear Vues Master
    I was amazed at how many memes reached my
    phone within the first hour of the earthquake this
    past Friday. Some of them were really funny!
    Vues Master’s Note: Apparently people have a lot
    of time to do useless things.

    Dear Vues Master
    Why was there no bracha said on the eclipse this
    past Monday? I was told to make a “Oseh Ma’aseh
    Breishis” on the earthquake that happened last
    Vues Master’s Note: The Shulchan Aruch (OC
    227:1) lists many natural events for which the
    bracha of ‘Oseh Ma’aseh Breishis’ (‘He performs
    the acts of creation’) is recited, such as lightning,
    thunder and great winds. However, an eclipse
    is not included in this list. It therefore may be
    presumed that a bracha is not recited. Ask your
    local Rabbi.

    Dear Vues Master
    My eyes are still hurting me. I looked at the eclipse
    for two hours straight. What should I do?
    Vues Master’s Note: My eyes would soar if I
    looked at you for two hours straight also.

    Dear Vues Master
    When kind words are accompanied with a shining
    countenance, the benefits are even greater, as
    the following true story from Rabbi Elimelech
    Biderman Shlit”a illustrates: There was this
    child, who unfortunately went off the derech.
    His distraught parents invested a lot of money
    — hiring tutors and role models — to bring their
    child back. After many tears, prayers, and efforts,

    the child returned to Yiddishkeit. The father asked
    him, “Which dollar brought you back?” The father
    meant, “I paid a lot of money for mechanchim and
    tutors. Which one had the greatest influence on
    you; which one brought you back?” The bachur
    replied, “It wasn’t because of the mechanchim.
    Once, a certain rav greeted me with a happy
    countenance. I said to him, ‘Do you know who
    you just greeted?’ and I told him about my sins.
    The rav replied, ‘It doesn’t make a difference.
    Hashem loves you regardless and He is waiting
    for your return.’ I told him about some graver sins
    that I was committing, and the rav replied, ‘Even
    so, Hashem is still your Father, awaiting your
    return.’ Then the rav kissed me on my forehead
    and left. This occurred just as I was about to do a
    very severe sin. This episode turned me around. I
    returned to my Father in heaven…”
    Vues Master’s Note: I love Rav Elimelech
    Biderman stories.

    Dear Vues Master
    Is it just me or is the music at chasunas very loud
    these days? I know that some of the chasunas I’ve
    been going to lately have been giving out airplugs.
    Vues Master’s Note: My ears are still ringing from
    a chasuna I went to two weeks ago.

    Dear Vues Master
    Is it wrong for me to tell my wife that I can spend
    the same amount on my suit for Yom Tov as she
    spends on her sheitel?
    Vues Master’s Note: Only if you can afford both.
    Otherwise let your wife get the nice sheitel.
    Chances are she did a lot more this erev Yom Tov
    than you did.

    Dear Vues Master
    I just read that pigs will be replacing
    kidney transplants in humans in
    the near future. Is that allowed
    Vues Master’s Note: What will the
    organization Renewal do?

    Dear Vues Master
    Why does it feel like for the last
    five years around Pesach time, the
    bird flu keeps coming back? Experts
    have issued a warning that a bird
    flu pandemic with a potentially
    catastrophic impact, surpassing
    the severity of COVID-19, may be
    imminent following the discovery
    of a rare human case in Texas.
    According to Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi,
    a bird flu researcher, “This virus has
    been on the top of the pandemic list

    for many, many years and probably
    decades… we’re getting dangerously
    close to this virus potentially causing
    a pandemic.” The H5N1 avian flu has
    spread rapidly since the emergence
    of a new strain in 2020, affecting
    wild birds across the country and
    commercial poultry and backyard
    flocks. Its detection in mammals,
    including cattle herds in four states
    and a dairy worker in Texas, has raised
    concerns about its potential mutation
    and increased transmissibility to
    humans. This is scary stuff.
    Vues Master’s Note: I smell collusion
    and a way to hike up prices!

    Dear Vues Master:
    It is absolutely insane. I went through
    the Jewish Vues very carefully last
    week & went with my wife shopping
    this past weekend in three different
    local supermarkets. The price of

    kosher food is insane. It is definitely
    up more than 20% than last year. How
    does a family of 8 survive? BH there
    are organizations out there that are
    helping out, but still this is crazy.
    Vues Master’s Note: What about gas?

    Dear Vues Master
    Is America still Israel’s friend? It
    doesn’t seem that way. The Biden
    administration is preparing to
    label goods produced in Yehuda &
    Shomron. While it is undecided as
    to when the move will take place,
    it comes amid increasing tensions
    between Israel and Washington over
    the prosecution of the six-month
    war in Gaza and disputes over the
    extent of Israeli violence directed at
    Palestinians in Judea and Samaria,
    including U.S. sanctions on Jews
    living in the area. Such labeling
    would reverse a Trump administration
    policy implemented in 2020 that
    required products originating in

    the Israeli region, called the Israeli-
    administered Area C under the Oslo

    Accords, to be labeled as “Made in
    Vues Master’s Note: We can only
    rely on Hakadosh Baruch Hu. We
    can not forget that.

    Dear Vues Master
    A friend of mine this past weekend
    told me how he used to decide
    whether he would go out with
    a woman on a second shidduch
    date. He would ask the woman the
    following question. If we went to
    a casino and I gave you $1 to put
    in one of the slot machines and it
    won the big prize of $10 million,
    what would you do? He said there
    were 5 answers that women would
    typically give him. 1- She said you
    gave me the $1 so it’s my money. 2-
    She said I was just your messenger
    so it’s your money. 3- We should
    split the winnings. $5 million for
    you and $5 million for me. 4-The
    woman said I’ll give you the $1
    back but it’s my money. & the 5th

    answer was that it’s assur to gamble.
    Why would we ever go to a casino?
    So I asked my friend which answer
    he was looking for. He said that if the
    same thing happened to him & the
    woman gave him the $1 that won the
    $10 million. He would give her the $1
    and take the winnings for himself, so
    that’s what he wanted to hear from the
    Vues Master’s Note: You wonder why
    this guy never not married……….

    Dear Vues Master:
    I just want to publicly say THANK
    YOU to all the wives out there that
    are working very hard this month
    getting ready for Pesach. Every
    Shabbos it’s hard work in itself, but
    Pesach is REALLY hard. Between
    cleaning & cooking especially for the
    people that stay home it’s exhausting.
    Kol Hakavod!!!
    Vues Master’s Note: And please do
    not forget the men who get up from
    the couch so their wives can clean
    behind it without having to shlep both
    the husband and the couch!

    Dear Vues Master:
    WOW! I had such a great time this
    past Sunday. I can’t thank Chasdei
    Lev enough! I blasted the music and
    danced with the volunteers, and while
    they packed my car with all the items
    that my wife ordered, I sang, danced,
    & and clapped while thanking them
    profusely. I felt like I was at a concert
    like the old times when I used to dance
    in the aisles! It was very organized
    and professionally done. My wife and
    I are so appreciative of everything.
    Thanks. (I even took a photo of my
    Chasdei Lev volunteers and sent it
    to the Jewish Vues). Chag Kosher
    Vues Master’s Note: Tremendous
    local chesed organization.

    Dear Vues Master
    Just wanted to let you know how
    much my family has been enjoying

    the Rabbi Elefant Pesach Q & A’s
    in the Jewish Vues. We have been
    reading them at the Shabbos table
    every week and find them very
    Vues Master’s Note: We would like to
    thank Rabbi Elefant and all other JV
    columnists. Good Yom Tov.

    Dear Vues Master:
    It’s amazing how many Kosher
    L’Pesach items are out there. I
    have a hard time believing that this
    is the way we are supposed to be
    celebrating the Yom Tov of Pesach.
    There is very little that you can’t get
    these days.
    Vues Master’s Note: One thing is
    missing, the Geulah Sheleima!

    Dear Vues Master:
    We always knew that the reason
    we do not eat kitniyos on Pesach
    is because its flour can be mistaken
    Chas v’sholom for chometz. I
    recently saw an ad for pesachdike
    pretzels, with a good hashgacha,
    that made my blood boil. I am sure
    that if those pretzels were available
    at the time the Chachomim issued
    the issur on kitniyos, they too
    would have been banned. With
    all due respect to the chosshuve
    machshirim, if you want to certify
    gluten free pretzels, by all means
    do so. There is a great demand
    for gluten free food, but it does
    not have to be kosher for Pesach.

    Even people who can’t eat gluten
    have enough of a variety available
    without pretzels, and anyone could
    survive eight days without them. In
    past generations, one did not buy
    ready food for Pesach because of
    the almost forgotten minhag of not
    “mishing”. For the chinuch of our
    children. let us teach them that we
    do not HAVE to buy EVERYTHING
    that is in the kosher L’Pesach aisle
    in the supermarket. Chag Kosher
    S W
    Vues Master’s Note: There is a rule
    in halacha we generally do not make
    our own gezeiros!

    Dear Vues Master:
    My family absolutely loves the
    Jewish Vues!! You are definitely
    the best newspaper for Klal Yisrael.
    I have friends that are modern,
    yeshivish, syrian & chassidish & we
    all love the paper. You are really the
    newspaper of Klal Yisrael!!! I just
    want to say THANK YOU to the
    entire staff at the Jewish Vues for
    all the great work you guys do every
    Vues Master’s Note: We here at the
    Jewish Vues would like to thank our
    readership. Without you we would
    not be able to be a great newspaper!

    Dear Vues Master:
    What do a good drasha and baking
    matzah have in common? They both
    should last less than 18 minutes.
    Vues Master’s Note: No That took
    too long to say!

    Dear Vues Master
    I’m so excited for Pesach. It’s my
    favorite Yom Tov of the year! I’m
    just worried that I’m not going to be
    able to fulfill the mitzvah of feeling
    like I left Mitzrayim at the seder. I
    also have a very hard time being
    mesameach all 8 days. Do you have
    any suggestions for me?
    Vues Master’s Note: Appreciate what
    you have, look at how much worse
    off others are. Enjoy your Yom Tov!

    Dear Vues Master
    Is it true that the “Shomer Yisroel “
    didn’t show up this past Sunday to
    the COJO breakfast because he was
    scared of Dov Hikind?
    Vues Master’s Note: He was probably
    writing another speech criticizing

    Dear Vues Master
    How can a local Jewish organization
    have a breakfast this past Sunday and
    invite the anti-semite Councilwoman
    Rita Joseph?
    Vues Master’s Note: Apparently
    some “askanim” don’t care. As long
    as they get their money.

    Dear Vues Master
    Are all the Tehillim we’ve been
    saying helping? Since the start of
    the war, Jews from all over the
    world have been saying Tehillim
    as a response to the Hamas attacks
    and our soldiers’ subsequent attack
    on the Palestinian terror forces.
    I’ve seen an interesting question
    asked – have our Tehillim helped?
    What does help really mean? Has
    our recital of Tehillim caused
    Hashem to change the course of
    the war to be in Israel’s favor?
    Have less soldiers fallen in battle
    because of our Tehillim? Is this
    what we mean when we ask have

    our Tehillim helped? A little known
    Halacha is that it’s forbidden
    to use pesukim from Tanach as
    prayers to ask Hashem for help.
    While the verses of Tehillim can
    be used to praise Hashem, as we
    do every morning and afternoon in
    our teffilah, they can’t be used to
    request help, even for something
    as important as our soldier’s
    wellbeing. The verses of Tanach
    are words of wisdom which we are
    to be used to study, not pray. How
    did the practice of reciting Tehillim
    as a means for help become so
    widespread if it is forbidden? Rav
    Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l
    explained that in a time of trouble
    the original practice was to daven
    for relief from the trouble. Rabbis
    taught that prayer is more effective
    with merit, and nothing provides
    more merit than Torah study. The
    practice began where a small Dvar
    Torah would be studied before the
    prayer was recited. With its double
    punch of wisdom and inspirational
    messages, a chapter of Tehillim
    quickly became the preferred choice
    of Torah to study before praying
    for relief. As time went on, people
    forgot why the Tehillim were there
    and made the Tehillim the prayer –
    they even began reciting the verses
    responsively – like a prayer. Back
    to our original question – have our
    Tehillim helped? It’s helped our
    nation’s unity for sure, and while I
    don’t know Hashem’s calculations,
    it’s hard to imagine a world where
    millions of Jews praying for help
    from Hashem, studying millions of
    chapters of Tehillim, hasn’t helped.
    Rabbi Uri Pilichowski
    Vues Master’s Note: Hashem Ya’azor.