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OUR TRUE DEFENSE SYSTEM

One of the greatest treasures that we have as the Jewish people is our tzadikim, our truly righteous people.  Many people underestimate the global benefits that we accrue from our gedolim.  The Torah teaches us, “Vatamas sham Miriam vatikaveir sham v’lo hayah mayim la’eidah – And Miriam died there and was buried there (in the desert) and there was no more water for the entire congregation.” 
 

FOCUS ON CAMP HASC

Years at Camp HASC: Avi Pollak has been in Camp HASC for 19 years, 11 of them as Head Counselor Years Camp HASC is around: The camp was founded in 1972 and has been around 43 years. Where is Camp HASC located? In Parksville, NY - in the heart of the Catskill mountains. Numbers of Campers for Summer 2015 (approximately): Iy”h, we will be servicing approximately 330 campers this summer. Numbers of Staff Members for Summer
 
     

OP ED FROM ASSEMBLYMAN HIKIND: WHEN WILL OBAMA TAKE OFF THE BLINDERS?

 I don’t believe President Obama is an anti-Semite. Neither do I believe that he hates the State of Israel. In his own mind’s eye, Obama’s quest for a deal with Iran may indeed be prompted by the very noblest of intentions. Thus is the path to hell. Obama would do well...
 

“DOING IT MY WAY”

 Most of us have had occasions in our lives when we acted as supervisors over others. It might have been in our role as parents disciplining our children, it might have been as employers giving instructions to employees, or it might have been any number of other contexts in which we had...
 

LIFE LONG MITZVAH

 Life Long Mitzvah The Maharsha in Chidushei Aggados in Meseches Brachos daf mem zayin, amud alef writes an amazing chiddush. The Gemara teaches us in a number of places that when one answers Amen Yehei Shmei Rabba with all his “kochos” (power) or all...
 

YOUR TURN TO SPEAK (#19)

 WOMEN IN PHOTOS REVISITED Dear Editor: I enjoy reading your letters to the editor every week because they are entertaining. The editor’s note elicits a chuckle every time and so I look forward to reading the new submissions each week. Last week you published a letter that was...
 

UNUSUAL NAMES IN THE JEWISH TRADITION

Jews traditionally name children after ancestors, Ashkenazim after deceased ancestors and Sephardim after living ancestors. However, there are many non-traditional Jews and many reasons why a traditional Jew may want to give a non-traditional name. Is there anything religiously problematic...
 

DRIVING LIKE A MENTCH

A few years ago at the foot of the highway known as New York 17, there was a horrific car accident resulting in three Jewish fatalities.  This tragedy took place on a Friday afternoon as thousands of men made their weekly trek back up to their families in the Catskills.  Since the...
 

SUMMER OUTLOOK 2015

Welcome to the Country everyone. It’s good to see so many familiar faces once again this summer! For those of you who are first timers - WELCOME ABOARD! The summer ahead promises to be both fun and exciting! This summer marks the 32nd Anniversary of The Country Vues and we have a lot of...
 

“DISCOVERING OUR MORTALITY”

It was at a house of mourning, and she was saying something that I had heard many times before. In fact, I had said it myself when I was sitting shiva for my own mother. She is a friend of long-standing, and a member of my former congregation. I hope that I am not being unchivalrous by...
 

MINYAN WITH MINIONS?

The Gemara in Megillah daf chof gimel, amud bais says that any “dovor sh’bikdusha” requires ten people (a minyan.) We learn this from the passuk “v’nikdashti b’soch bnei yisroel.” In a different passuk the meraglim were referred to as “hibadlu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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