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March 14, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Better pray for yourself, than curse another.   —   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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thought
The world is not the Divine's place
By Rabbi Hillel Goldberg

A requisite to understanding basic theology

light of a life
99 years of proof: Albert Einstein is still right after decades of verification
By Bill Tammeus


Einstein's birthday is this Sunday, March 14. For people who care even half a fig about science — me, for instance — this year will celebrate the 99th anniversary of the publication of the legendary scientist's papers containing most of his great theories.

We'd wait a year to celebrate the 100th anniversary except we know that life is fickle and we're not guaranteed even tomorrow. So we'll raise a toast this year to 1905, which was also the year Einstein earned a doctorate.


[ D A I L Y  I N S P I R A T I O N ]

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


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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Lurie's World
John Cole
Bob Gorrell
Chuck Asay
Ed Gamble
Joe Heller
Chip Bok
Jeff Koterba

(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: 'Office' suite good for price

Lori Borgman: Women don't burp and buy like they used to

Russell P. Friedman: Emotional Root Canal

Bruce Williams on JWR: New business a man's bread and butter; How much is enough?; more

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' wisdom

[ I N S I G H T ]

Kathleen Parker: On Planet California, children know best

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: OOPS!, did Jayson Blair do it again?; skewing Young; more

Lenore Skenazy: The '70s — my decade & proud of it

Tom Purcell: Didya hear the Anti PC Irish Joke about ?

Debra J. Saunders: It's a jungle out there

Jonathan Turley: When Silence Isn't Golden: Martha Stewart's failure to testify holds a lesson for other celebrity defendants

Dan Abrams: Lawsuits against fast food companies are ridiculous

Greg Crosby: The Robbing the Cradle for Votes

James Lileks: Why All Those Foreign Leaders Want Kerry to Whup Bush

Robert Robb: In the dangerous neighborhoods, cause for hope, if not yet optimism

Joe Scarborough: Is pol who walks to the beat of his own drummer considering revenge?

Jeff Jacoby: Time for regime change in Tehran (SMART!)

Jack Kelly: A year into Operation Iraqi Freedom , only the most blind of partisans can deny that significant progress has been made in Iraq

Carl P. Leubsdorf: No one's whistling ‘Dixie’

Paul Greenberg: He's the toast of Paris (OUCH!)

Dick Morris: For Hillary, it's now or never

David Limbaugh: The one-sided culture war

Jonah Goldberg: Bush and Kerry need to focus on debate, not feelings

Mona Charen: Put up or shut up

Charles Krauthammer: Shooting French in a barrel



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Previously:

Lawrence F. Kaplan: Tim Robbins' Devious Plot

Julia Gorin: Sedition in the military: Learn from Yugoslavia

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 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

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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