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Jewish World Review
March 17, 2003
Artscroll
A man may hide himself from his enemies, but not from his friends.
  —   Rashi

ABOUT JWR'S FUTURE

Not long ago, I found myself in the office of a corporate CEO. This fellow is known as a philanthropist, and I was trying for YEARS to meet with him.

After exchanging pleasantries, he became very serious. "If your own readers don't support you," he asked from behind his wide mahogany desk, "then why should I?"

Was the question insensitive? Obviously. But he had a point.

Unlike the CEO, there should be no reason for me to make a "pitch" to you about what JWR is --- and why it needs support.

We defend the values YOU hold dear and do so with elegance and eloquence.

And yet and yet, we need more and more of our readers to care -- that means you, all of you -- that we have the resources to keep on keeping on. (I'm SINCERELY grateful to those who have contributed!)

For those who aren't aware, JWR is not some multi-million dollar company. It is still a one-man-show run out of a Brooklyn basement.

To be blunt: We need your help and we need it now.

As much as I like to think positively -- it's my nature -- there comes a time when reality sets in. After discussing JWR's situation with "experts," we decided on a few possible scenarios. Here they are. We could

1) reduce our publishing schedule to twice or three times weekly.

2) become a subscription-only service with a semi-annual charge

3) offer free and "premium" tracks, which would require a fee

4) spruce up our advertising by adding pop-ups. (They are annoying, but they pay well.)

I would like things to stay the way they are, but without funding it's an impossibility.

What we have NO intention of doing is folding. We know the impact we are having in the cultural debate. And, then, there all of those warm letters we receive.

I am NOT asking you to stop reading if you can't make a donation. But I AM reassuring you that you need not be embarrassed if you can only give a small amount.

Whatever the amount, it will be greatly appreciated. At this point, ANYTHING, and I do mean ANYTHING, is better than nothing. Let's not be forced to change how JWR is run.

I've quoted the CEO. Now, let me quote a reader, James Graper: "Should I trust you with my mind but not my money?"

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coincidence?
Patterns in time? Purim,
war and perspective

By Yaffa Ganz

The original Gulf War took place twelve years ago, in the month of Adar, before the holiday of Purim. Once again, twelve years later, in the month of Adar, before Purim, which begins tonight, we are facing a second, strange, Kafka-esque global confrontation in the same place. Even the characters are repetitious: Saddam Hussein and President Bush Junior in place of his father, President Bush Senior.

The Sages tell us that the original Purim story also took place over a period of twelve years.



Kosher.com





perspective
The art of slander
By Rabbi Avi Shafran

The deepest sort of slander, the rabbis of the Talmud contend, is the type that was employed by Haman, the Purim story's villain. The arch-enemy and would-be destroyer of the Jewish people in ancient Persia used subtle innuendo as he spoke to the king about his Jewish subjects. Instead of openly venting his visceral hatred, he utilized snide insinuations --- that the Jews were insular, unloyal, disdainful, dangerous.

Anyone who may have recalled that Talmudic observation over the Purim holiday may well have been struck with its timeliness --- or perhaps better, timelessness. Subtle slander of Jews is no farther away than the nearest newspaper.




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It's Not As Tough As You Think: How to smooth out life's bumps (NEW SERIES. YOU'LL ENJOY IT!) Cut your losses





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Brain damage rarely results, but parents need to pay careful attention to a range of symptoms

Adult daycare demand greater than supply

Syria defends snub to Arab League on Iraq

Richer in sound Compact Discs

X-Ray technology for produce

No link found between vaccines and SIDS

Common painkillers may thwart Alzheimer's

Dr. Peter Gott: Should we be vaccinated against smallpox? ; runner has embarrassing problem

Bruce Williams on JWR: What to do with gold; attending mandatory company meetings without compensation

Everyday Cheapskate: Laundry tips put the fun back in washing



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Jerry Della Femina: Turn your cheek and get another fist in your jaw

President: ‘Moment of truth’ is fast approaching --- Azores Summit Press Conference, complete sans 'spin'

Andrei Codrescu: The talking carp

Lori Borgman: Mom develops rapport with son's answering machine

PunditWatch: Highlights of the Sunday shows

Evan Weiner: Not exactly the kind of news baseball wants

Argus Hamilton's political zingers! (SUPER SIZED!)


ENCRYPTION EXPERTS WORK TO DECIPHER KAPTUR COMMENT
Congresswomyn compared al-Qaeda members to American revolutionaries
  —  ScrappleFace

Greg Crosby: Crosby In Wonderland, Part II

Dick Morris: Poll: Get on with it

Zev Chafets: In war, like in baseball, the idea is to make the other guy cry --- now, let's go get 'em!

John Leo: A time for certainty

David Limbaugh: Dissent does not equal patriotism

Dan Abrams: Franco-phobic nonsense sweeping the nation

Kathleen Parker: The unbearable irrelevance of being a celebrity (OUCH!)

Jeff Jacoby: THE UNITED NATIONS, RIP

Capital Comment: Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world

Deroy Murdock: Even a disarmed Iraq would be terror central station

Raoul Lowery Contreras: Bush-the-warmonger

David Horowitz: The Fifth Column Left Declares War (BITING!)

Debra J. Saunders: Joe Nation nation

Suzanne Fields: The weak against the thong

Burt Prelutsky: Harry S. Bush

David Warren: United? Nations?

Paul Greenberg: The sleepwalkers (POWERFUL!)

Bill O'Reilly: This loyal Catholic believes that, humanistically, the Pope is one of the many Saddam enablers

Thomas Sowell: Pete vs. Joe



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Mallard Filmore

Lurie's World (BRILLIANT!)

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(Att. working columnists and editorial cartoonists: Think you have what it takes to be featured on JWR? Drop us a note. And readers: We're always open for suggestions!)


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