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Jan. 29, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
There is no greater disease than the loss of hope.
  —   Rabbi Yisroel Salanter

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.

To give electronically, please click HERE.

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In gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
Editor in Chief


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war on terror
Hamas in the classroom:
A response

By Daniel Pipes & Asaf Romirowsky


After this site published an article questioning why an alleged Hamas supporter was being paid by taxpayers to teach a course on Islam at a university, our readers flooded the school with mail questioning their sense of reality. Here, the authors defend themselves from an angry institution's charges.


reality check
‘Hamas U’ goes into
damage control mode

Caught with their pants down, a misguided institution tries to save face. But, as the subjects of their wrath note above, the facts just don't add up.


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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... People pleaser or pleasant person?

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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Doug Marlette
Steve Kelley
Wayne Stayskal
Chip Bok
Chuck Asay
Jake Fuller
John Deering
Jonathan Brown

(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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NextSteps: Elder matters: Help Mom organize her finances

Wonder why the spam won't stop? Latest computer virus mutates to prevent fixes

On Capitol Hill, hearing to examine connection between autism and vaccinations

Everyday Cheapskate: New uses for old sunscreen; is "tamari"; buying Glisten Dishwasher Cleaner; removing a very stubborn ring from toilet; cleaning tub without scouring powder

Dr. Peter Gott: A simple way to reduce high blood pressure

Consumer Reports on JWR: Hungry garbage disposers

[ I N S I G H T ]

Clarence Page: Reparations on trial — briefly: Now it's time to address blacks' biggest problems

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Keith Olbermann: Reality politics, reality TV: Giving ordinary citizens a high profile soapbox

Steve Young: Talk may never be the same: Jack Paar's talk wouldn't be loud enough for today's audiences

James Lileks: Every Laptop a Truth Squad

Ian Shoales: Soylent green is cattle!

Debra J. Saunders: The Name is Bond, Recovery Bond

Jonathan Turley: Case of the Missing Evidence: Facts are often withheld from juries, which can lead to ill-informed verdicts


ANNAN SLAMS BUSH FOR RELIANCE ON U.N. INSPECTORS
U.N. head questions prez's competence
  —  ScrappleFace

Larry Elder: How to self-destruct in a few easy lessons

Roger Simon: A conversation with John Kerry

Bob Tyrrell: Surprised by the government vendetta against Rush?

Zev Chafets: CIA chief has to go: The intel on Iraq's WMDs was wrong — that's unforgivable

Anne Coulter: Cash and Kerry

Cal Thomas: Trouble on Bush's right?

George Will: The Politics of Manliness

Thomas Sowell: Phony ‘debates’



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

The Jewish Ethicist: Confidential Ex-Con, Part I

John Chadwick: Candidates finding piety a must in politics

Daniel Pipes & Asaf Romirowsky: Hamas in the classroom

James Lileks: When the battle over artistic freedom goes over the edge

Omer Bartov: Did Hitlerism die with Hitler? (MUST READ!)

Jonathan Tobin: Politically Incorrect Historian

Rabbi Berel Wein: What Pharaoh can teach us about being stubborn

Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo: 'Not yet' Jews by choice

Mona Charen: Lady killers

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

Gary Rosenblatt: How wide should our open doors be?

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?

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!)

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!)

The Weekly Standard





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