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Jan. 25, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
The conceited man is not a sinner — he's a fool.   —   The Chofetz Chaim

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,
Editor in Chief


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thought
What Pharaoh can teach
us about being stubborn

By Rabbi Berel Wein

A lesson for sophisticates


outlook
‘Not yet’ Jews by choice
By Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo

As we are confronted by a most serious increase of Jews who not only have left the fold but are actively involved in anti-Jewish sentiments, it is perhaps of great meaning to study an episode in the life of a non-Jew who decided to join the Jewish people at all costs.

war on terror
Lady killers
By Mona Charen

Women are beginning to sign on for jihad in significant numbers, and radical Islamists are deciding that while women may not show their faces in public, they may explode their bodies in order to kill


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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... Does everyone have problems?

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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Cox & Forkum
Bob Gorrell
Doug Marlette
Wayne Stayskal
Jonathan Brown
Chip Bok
Ed Gamble
David Cox
Joe Heller
Jake Fuller
Kirk Walters
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.)

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The Tech Maven by Mark Kellner: The world on my wrist, courtesy MSN

Lori Borgman: Lots of labels in this union

New partisan groups eroding power of political parties

New cachet for Martian wannabes

Popeye's hometown brawls over festival plans

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' wisdom

Dr. Peter Gott: Cranberry juice and Coumadin don't mix; St. John's Wort interferes with other medications?

Bruce Williams on JWR: Giving credit to CCCS; relationship with employee or company?; multiple wills for siblings

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Kathleen Parker: The importance of being presidential

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Greg Crosby: Finger men and more

Tom Purcell: Weighty adjustment

The Medicine Men: Welfare for the Wealthy

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Eyebrow-raising mystery; who's punk'd anyway?; don't curb your enthusiasm; more


SADDAM'S TRIAL SET FOR MODESTO
Blunts economic impact of losing peterson case, locals say
  —  Andy Borowitz

Wesley Pruden: The perils of chasing election-day phantoms

Jeff Jacoby: Quizzing the candidates (cont'd)

David Limbaugh: Edward's superficial optimism

Michael Barone: After Iowa

Jonah Goldberg: Gap widening between Bush and conservatives

Charles Krauthammer: Paradise Lost



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Debra N. Cohen: Giving new meaning to ‘Who is a Jew?’

Ask Wendy: Boyfriend refuses to remove dead wife's ring; travel cross-country with estranged mother who is alone?

Stacey Dresner: Jews swarming to WASP schools

Libby Lazewnik: Winner Takes All — one for the books

Jonathan Tobin: Opening the Gates

Rabbi Avi Shafran: More things in Heaven and Earth

The Jewish Ethicist: When do I have to let customers know about defects?

James Lileks: Of Martians and Jihad

Gary Rosenblatt: How wide should our open doors be?

Zev Chafets: Right man, right note

Y. Elchonon: Holy Cow? Why there is no such thing as Meshuga Cow Disease

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

Howard Shapiro: The knish at center stage

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

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

Jeff Jacoby: Lieberman vs. Lieberman on religion

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

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

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

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?

Evan Gahr: UNHOLY WAR: Prominent Christian leaders now denouncing Alliance For Marriage's queer partner

Evan Gahr: The Moral Minority

Evan Gahr: OUTED AND OUT

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

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

Five Towns Radio

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

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