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March 11, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
To be patient, can be better than to be rich.   —   Jewish saying

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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controversy!
Tim Robbins' Devious Plot
By Lawrence F. Kaplan

New play about neoconservatism is a poisonous, production-length conspiracy theory

reality check
Sedition in the military: Learn from Yugoslavia
By Julia Gorin


Last month, National Guardsman Ryan G. Anderson was arrested and taken into custody at Fort Lewis, Wash., accused of attempting to provide information to the al Qaeda network. The arrest happened to fall on the two-year anniversary of the trial against ousted Serb president Slobodan Milosevic. The confluence is not entirely unsymbolic.


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"Kindness: Changing people's lives for the better" by internationally renowned author and lecturer Rabbi Zelig Pliskin (BRAND NEW SERIES!) Today's installment ... "Transcending ulterior motives"


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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


John Deering
Doug Marlette
John Cole
Bob Gorrell
Chuck Asay
Jake Fuller
J.D. Crowe
Jonathan Brown
Gary Varvel
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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Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Dazzling fonts help put best face forward; turned off 'puter before saving 30,000-word document; "official" documentation of when e-mail was sent

Legendary Charger to be revived

Survey finds more stomach ailments among those who eat out

Consumer Reports on JWR: HDTV: The time is now

Dr. Peter Gott: Dementia needs testing

Everyday Cheapskate: A magic carpet stain ride; hotel offer too good to be true?; don't-phone list #

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Suzanne Fields: ‘Queer eye’ for straight courtship

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Stratfor Intelligence Brief: Argentina's plight highlights International Monetary Fund's ineptitude

Lloyd Garver: Spelling still kounts

Wendy McElroy: When ‘mother’ is a bureaucracy

Keith Olbermann: ‘Bonesmen’ for president

Larry Elder: The McGruder award for most outrageous statement by a black public figure


DNC DEMANDS BUSH DROP ‘PRESIDENT’ FROM TV ADS
Victims of the 2000 election weep when seeing them, claims McAuliffe
  —  ScrappleFace

Anne Applebaum: Is all well in Russia's new democracy?

Roger Simon: Vice President McCain?

Joel Mowbray: Dictators for Kerry club?

Zev Chafets: The runner stumbles

Clarence Page: Blacks eye that John Kerry guy

Joe Scarborough: Funny, how it's wrong for this president to actually talk about a war that we're fighting right now

Mark Goldblatt: Waxing Poetic: Kerry might want to reread ‘Prufrock’

Betsy Hart: Never again!

Bob Tyrrell: The understandably confused are confused

George Will: A genuine ‘Education President’

Cal Thomas: Peace with honor (again?)



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Previously:

Jonathan Tobin: Tap dancing to Washington

Lisa J. Huriash: Myths easily spring up, but take them with grain of kosher salt

The Jewish Ethicist: Q: When do I have to return a lost object? When can I keep it for myself?

Daniel Pipes: Capturing Osama

Jeff Jacoby: Same-sex marriage vs. civil rights

Rachel Raskin-Zrihen: Are lunatics running the Arab asylum?

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: The highest presence is absence

Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo: The Book of Esther: The Story of Human Importance

Jeff Dunetz: Is Kofi Annan missing?

Alan M. Dershowitz: Stop terrorists' vehicle of choice

Diana West: Building fences in Israel and America

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Zero-sum game

George Will: The Left's Anti-Semitic Chic

Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo: What Bach could have taught Spinoza about Judaism

Evan Osnos: At Arab bastion of ‘enlightenment’ student politicians campaign on which party has killed more Israelis

Ken Garfield: Keeping kosher the Krispy Kreme way

Binyamin L. Jolkovsky: Destiny: A Chassidic love story

Michael Freund: A CALL TO PSALMS

Steve Lipman: Google Goes Yiddish

Jonathan Rosenblum: Mikey's song (INSPIRING!)

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

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

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?

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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