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CHEESECAKE STUFFED CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
Ingredients: For the cupcakes: 2 cups (340 grams) semisweet chocolate chips, divided 1 1/2 cups (187 grams) all-purpose flour 1
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Proper car seat positioning is very important, especially in newborns. Positioning of the head, neck, and trunk is beneficial in
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For the last 25 years it has been my honor and privilege working with Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss, having him
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GETTING TO KNOW The N.Y. Mets Second Baseman Neil Walker
Ari Hirsch of The Vues had the opportunity to interview Neil Walker in Florida during spring training. Name: Neil Martin
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When Is Kiddush Levanah?
by Rabbi Gil Student
Rosh Chodesh Elul marks the end of the Jewish summer and the beginning of the autumn holiday season. Throughout the
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Fake Maaris Ayin
by Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
Reuven was doing construction on his house. The city required him to build a temporary wall around the site. Along
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Changing For the Better (Part One)
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
It’s hard to believe, but it’s nearly that time of the year again.  The month of Elul. As we try to squeeze the last drops of juice from our vacations and prepare to return to the yearly grind, our minds
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Are Kabbalah Classes Kosher?
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
The fundamental principle of public Kabbalah classes is inherently self-contradictory. Esoteric teachings are intended for the intellectual elite, not the masses; otherwise they would not be esoteric. Comprehension of complex material requires a solid foundation of requisite knowledge. There is
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Laundry In The Midbar
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
Rashi explains the posuk that says that the clothing of Klal Yisroel did not rot for the forty years that they were in the midbar. He tells us that the “ananei hakavod” (the clouds) would iron the clothing in the
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Why Do Some Prayers Go Unanswered?
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
As Jews, we are taught that when we need something we should pray to Hashem for His assistance.  But, what do we do when we have prayed hard and it is not helping?  Why is it that sometimes our prayers
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Saying Tefillas HaDerech
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
There are many who travel often and do not want to say the bracha of Tefillas Haderech on a daily basis because there may not be a chiyuv to say it if they travel in populated areas. There is an
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GETTING TO KNOW The N.Y. Mets Second Baseman Neil Walker
by 
Ari Hirsch
Ari Hirsch of The Vues had the opportunity to interview Neil Walker in Florida during spring training. Name: Neil Martin Walker Born: September 10, 1985 (age 30) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Drafted by: his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round
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DEODORANT ON TISHA BAV
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
The digest of Tisha B’Av laws in The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot (published by Koren and OU Press with commentary on the Kinos adapted from Tisha B’Av tapes of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik) specifically mentions that one may apply deodorant to
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What Motivates You?
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
I want to share with my dear readers a sobering true story that warns us about one of the more base sides of the human psyche.  There was a man who had a very hard time making a living.  He decided
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Understanding What We Are Missing
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The well known posuk in Tehillim says, “Im eshkacheich... tishkach yemini.” We need to understand what this posuk is telling us.  The nature of a person is that “hergel,” that which is the norm on a day-to-day basis, dulls our thinking and we stop to analyze and ask questions.
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Remembering Rabbi Shlomo Halberstam zt”l The Bobover Rebbe (1908 -2000) on his 16th Yahrtzeit
by 
Ari Hirsch
This Friday August 5th, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av is the 16th yahrtzeit of the Bobover Rebbe, Rav Shlomo Halberstam (1908-2000), son of Rav Benzion, grandson of Rav Shlomo, founder of the Bobov dynasty. At the outbreak of World War II,
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How Does A Tzadik’s Bracha Work?
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
The blessing of a righteous person has a place of pride in Jewish tradition, even if it is currently taken to extremes in certain circles. Shimon Peres has famously credited his long life to the blessing he received when he
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Getting to know…..N.Y. METS ALL STAR PITCHER BARTOLO COLON
by 
Ari Hirsch
Name: Bartolo Colon Born: May 24, 1973 (age 43) in Altamira, Dominican Republic MLB Debut: April 4, 1997, for the Cleveland Indians  Teams Played For: 9- Cleveland Indians (1997–2002) Montreal Expos (2002) Chicago White Sox (2003)Anaheim Angels / Los Angeles
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Willpower
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
The Gemora in Berachos reveals a wonderful promise:  Whoever says Tehilah l’Dovid (Ashrei) three times a day can be confident that they are a member of the Afterlife.  The Gemora promptly asks:  Why is this true for this particular chapter
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Promising Something To A Child
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
The Gemara in Succah, daf mem vov, amud bais discusses that Reb Zeira said that a person should be careful not to say to a child, “I will give you something” and then not keep his word; because that would
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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RABBI MOSHE MEIR WEISS
by 
Ari Hirsch
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF WRITING FOR THE VUES/COUNTRY VUES: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RABBI MOSHE MEIR WEISS BY ARI HIRSCH Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss, the Rav of the Agudah Yisrael of Staten Island, is celebrating his 25th Anniversary Year writing
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From the Desk of the Publisher…
by 
Alan Hirsch
For the last 25 years it has been my honor and privilege working with Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss, having him on our staff and publishing his weekly articles. Over this time we have both grown tremendously. His name has grown
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Getting to Know New York Mets Pitcher Steven Matz
by 
Ari Hirsch
"MEET THE MATZ" Getting to know ... New York Mets Pitcher Steven Matz by Ari HirschName: Steven Jakob Matz Born: May 29, 1991 (age 25), Stony Brook, NY Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Left Height: 6' 2", Weight: 200 lb.
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The Essence of Love
by 
Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss
In his monumental work about midos (character traits), the Orchos Tzadikim, declares that love has the greatest potential to wreak havoc in a person’s life, more than any other midah. He gives concrete examples such as ahavas mamon, the love
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What is the Jewish View on Ghosts?
by 
Rabbi Gil Student
Because popular media is discussing a new movie in the Ghostbusters franchise, an outreach website asked me to write about what Judaism teaches about ghosts. According to the Torah, do ghosts haunt our society, crossing over from the dead to
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Relying on a Nachash or Saying Mazal Tov (PART II)
by 
Rabbi Berach Steinfeld
Last week we said that the Issur min HaTorah applies only if one uses a sign that is not logical and says I am not doing such and such because of this bad sign. An example of this would be,
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