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Jan. 8, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
  —   Abigail van Buren

A HEARTFELT LETTER FROM JWR'S PUBLISHER

Dearest readers:

At the outset, I want to thank the thousands of you who have written from around the world to express your obviously heartfelt wishes. To say that I'm touched, would be an understatement. I'm only sorry that I cannot do so personally. It is not intended as a slight in any way.

Cliched or not, from the vantage point of a hospital window, the world does indeed look different. VERY different.

Unfortunately, I now know this first-hand.

Over five years ago, I launched JewishWorldReview.com and told one and all that I would "put my heart" into it — what has resulted may have been more literal than I had imagined.

On the afternoon of Sunday August 17, I was admitted to Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn. It's an institution that enjoys a reputation as having one of the finest cardiac centers in the nation. Without getting into the particulars, after a battery of tests, the problem was diagnosed and a remedy is being worked upon.

Why am I telling you this? For a simple reason: Because I think you care.

Though time and again I have been advised against publicizing this fact, I do not hide that JWR is a one-man-show. I think the quality of my webzine and, particularly, the quality of its readers — including White House staffers, senators, congressmen, syndicated talk show hosts, editorial page editors, Fortune 500 CEOs and just ordinary religious and patriotic Americans — says a lot about who we serve and what we stand for.

But the day to day stress in running JWR may, unfortunately, say a lot more.

In order to keep JWR running smoothly, I'm often up all hours of the day and night. And if this continues, I'm told, JWR will cease to exist, BECAUSE I WILL.

What we need now is to get sufficient funding for a staff and a technology upgrade. At this moment, every JWR page is designed by hand. We need to purchase and customize a database similar to "Story Server" in addition to hiring a staff.

That takes money. Something that about 95% of our readers don't yet appreciate.

I'm grateful — SINCERELY SO! — to the 5% of JWR readers who have expressed their kindness and gratitude in our appeal until now.

I've been advised to start charging a monthly or yearly fee to access this site. At first blush, this makes sense. The reality, though, is it will undermine JWR's mission.

Let me explain.

From its launching, JWR has been about ideas. I created this webzine as the go-to source defending and being an exponent of traditionalism, patriotism, and democracy. We've been around nearly from the beginning of the commercial Internet and JWR articles now show up HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of times in search engines. If we start charging, that status will end. So will the likely growth of this site. Simply put, folks will never sign-up and will never read us.

This appeal is NOT about making anybody feel guilty. I know we have many elderly readers and high school students who simply cannot afford pitching in. But I also know there are many folks here who are gaining from JWR and either don't fully appreciate the situation or don't care enough to support us. I pray this changes!

Some here are simply are embarrassed to send what they may consider a pittance, but to us is a lifeline. No expression of your gratitude — I REPEAT, NO EXPRESSION OF YOUR GRATITUDE — will be discounted or disregarded.

This note is getting long, so I will end.

Don't think the "other guy" will help — BECAUSE HE HASN'T AND WON'T. He will count on you.

I AM COUNTING ON YOU — as are all of our future readers who have yet to discover JWR.

JWR runs on an "honor system". If it is to survive, the 95% who regularly gain from it, but who have not pitched in, must begin to act honorably.

I apologize if this letter offends anybody. Perhaps if I waited a few days or weeks, the tone would be different. As a cherished reader, I just wanted to let you know what is amiss.

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In gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
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controversy!
UNHOLY WAR
By Evan Gahr
Association For Marriage's embrace of Islamic Society of Northern America (ISNA), first reported in JewishWorldReview.com, has already mired the group in considerable controversy. Now, four nationally known religious conservatives, including a former presidential candidate and a renowned conservative strategist who helped launch the Religious Right, have decried the connection.


reality check
‘Move On’ Over the Edge
By Jonathan Tobin

Furor over anti-Bush Web site shows the depths to which politics can sink



[ D A I L Y  I N S P I R A T I O N ]

It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... A taste of Heaven

[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Lurie's World
Cox & Forkum
Ed Gamble
Bob Gorrell
Gary Varvel
Wayne Stayskal
Chip Bok
John Cole
Joe Heller
Michael Ramirez

(Attention working columnists and editorial cartoonists: Think you have what it takes to be featured on JWR? Drop us a note by clicking here. Readers, please make suggestions, as well.)

[ L I F E S T Y L E S ]

Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Corrupted library may trigger Excel error message; stopping Windows from sorting files in a folder; how to get important data out of the old equipment

Computer industry trying to make PCs part of home entertainment

Consumer Reports on JWR: Eliminating a stain in the neck

Dr. Peter Gott: Stress testing can be risky

Everyday Cheapskate: Low-calorie cookies?; most cost-effective wireless telephone

[ I N S I G H T ]

Larry Eldder: Honesty during the holiday season

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Lenore Skenazy: Wedding tips from Britney

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Sitcom star won't be excused from Blake murder trial; fierstein on fire; Drudge & Blumenthal, together again

Glenn H. Reynolds: What's wrong with income inequality? (THOUGHT PROVOKING!)

Bob Tyrrell: Doc, the greatest swim coach of all time

Dan Abrams: Lies, damn lies and those that don't seem to matter


BRITNEY BAR MITZVAHED!
Pop tart becomes Jewish, and a man, in Vegas quickie
  —  Andy Borowitz

Joe Scarborough: Rewriting the rules on immigration: Bush plan allows American employers to hire Mexican citizens to fill American jobs

Debra J. Saunders: Star power

Anne Applebaum: Mission to Nowhere

Jack Kelly: Giving the Prez's critics an undeserved pass

E. Thomas McClanahan: Bush bad, Dean angry, therefore back Dean

Jay D. Homnick: Is taking two tablets bad for your constitution?

Clarence Page: GOPers would be wise to woo blacks — those who vote and don't

Dick Morris: Dr. Dean's advance: Unstoppable ...

Linda Chavez: Be our guest? New worker provisions won't be the most controversial part of administration's new proposal

George Will: Sorry, Charlie

Anne Coulter: The Jesus thing

Cal Thomas: Pat Robertson's 'Burning Bush'



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J.R. Labbe: Link between Syria and Spider-Man and Wal-Mart?

Rafael Medoff: A Jewish boxer who fought for his people

Jeff Dunetz: The Davinsky Code

Ask Wendy: Putting up with abusive wife; father's request: son not attend his funeral; when to bill a buddy

Jonathan Tobin: Jacques and James

Howard Shapiro: The knish at center stage

Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo: Joseph: The Tragedy of Being Truly righteous

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: What is a ‘significant encounter’?

Kathleen Parker: Moral men learn it's lonely at the top

The Jewish Ethicist: Q: Should public servants go to work for the very businesses they policed?

Harry Langsam: When faith burned bright in the face of evil

Daniel Pipes: Reading Sharon's mind

Zev Chafets: What Sharon knows about talking dogs

Joseph Aaron: Saddam, the Divine's messenger

Elliot B. Gertel: ‘Joan of Arcadia’: The latest TV show to cheapen — and abuse — religion

Lou Marano: 'Blessing of a Broken Heart' (INSPIRING!)

Steven Plaut: Saddam's JFK Moment

Libby Lazewnik: Front Page News

Jeff Jacoby: Lieberman vs. Lieberman on religion

Evan Gahr: Queer allies: The little-noticed alliance between gay marriage opponents and alleged terrorist sympathizers (HALL OF SHAME!)

Rod Dreher: What the Alliance for Marriage heads and board members either don't know or don't want you to know

Evan Gahr: One less fellow traveler. ‘God Squad’ rabbi bolts queer Alliance. Is ‘Lieberman's rabbi’ next?

Larry Elder: What you need to know about the 'religion of peace'

Larry Elder: What you need to know about the 'religion of peace', Part II

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson: Culture of death? Palestinian girl's murder highlights growing number of ‘honor killings’ (SICKENING!)

Cal Thomas: The ‘Arab Street's’ concept of freedom

Mortimer B. Zuckerman: Graffiti On History's Walls (MUST-READ!)

Mark Steyn: Muslim paranoia: Enemies made us impotent!

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Know thy enemy

Anonymous, as told to Chaim Walder: Ringed-in by a mistake

Rabbi Shimon Finkelman: The sage and his ‘special’ friend (INSPIRING!!)

Fiamma Nirenstein: How I became an ‘unconscious fascist’ (MUST-READ!)

Cal Thomas: Useful idiots in the Middle East

Binyamin L. Jolkovsky: WAKE UP CALL! (WARNING! Not for the apathetic or squeamish)

Cal Thomas: The Threat Among Us

Jennifer Seigel: Why has a new kosher cookbook sold over 24,000 copies in a week?

Michael Freund: Bush's Choice: Powell or the Prophets? (IMPORTANT!)

Five Towns Radio

Bill Bennett, Jack Kemp, and Jeane Kirkpatrick: Twenty Facts about Israel and the Middle East (IMPORTANT!)

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