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March 17, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
If you conceal your vices, also conceal your virtues.   —   Rabbi ibn-Zabara

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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By Jay D. Homnick

The last two and a half millennia of Western history have featured an almost comical rotation, whereby each principality in Europe took a turn helming the steamroller of civilization. Greece, Rome, Spain, Turkey, Austria, Hungary, England, Germany, Russia: We think of each enclave as having enjoyed a fleeting honeymoon of dominance. Yet, progress along certain moral and scientific tracks, mostly laid out in the prophecies of Isaiah and his compatriots, continued — and continues — largely unabated.

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When Americans
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By Tom Purcell


A real-life lesson in multi-culturalism


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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 ... "There, but for the Creator's will, go I"


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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Lurie's World
Cox & Forkum
Doug Marlette
John Cole
J.D. Crowe
David Cox
Wayne Stayskal
Bob Gorrell
John Deering
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: Spyware sends ads for foreign fonts, other ads; computer vulnerable to hacking during the boot process before Zone Alarm finishes loading?; can't find the Windows Messenger to stop pop-up ads

Scientists trying to manufacture organs for transplant

Animal-rights outcries can't stop foxhunts

Dr. Peter Gott: Playing the harmonica leads to health benefits; Vicks VapoRub and toe fungus; chills

Bruce Williams on JWR: Financial woes a 'laughing' matter; avoiding capital gains by buying RV; more

Everyday Cheapskate: The true cost of a home equity loan

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Kathleen Parker: Freedom of speech means not having to listen to Howard Stern

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Remembering Hillary %*&$#! Clinton; PUT AWAY THAT KRYPTONITE!; more

Keith Olbermann: The reasons people are beginning to hate sports

Marianne M. Jennings: Homosexuality and totalitarianism (OUCH!)

Betsy Hart: The real problem of today's kids


AL QAEDA OPENS FIRST EMBASSY IN MADRID
PM declares ‘new era of protection from terror’
  —  ScrappleFace

Dennis Byrne: Here's why the ‘Political Middle’ is a national curse

Michelle Malkin: The Dems' ‘First Responders’ Fake-out

Tony Blankley: The Spanish disease

Debra J. Saunders: Spanish voters say: Viva violence!

Robert Robb: Bin Laden makes distinctions?

Wesley Pruden: Bearing the burden, paying the price

Joe Scarborough: A civilization at war

Paul Greenberg: Spain goes wobbly (SUPERB!)

Jonah Goldberg: Linking Al-Qaida and Iraq

Walter Williams: Saddam Hussein's weapons

Thomas Sowell: ‘Why do they hate us?’



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Dennis Prager: It's the heart versus the Bible

Carrie Devorah: Murder at the Hague

James Kuhnhenn: Jews' loving embrace of Dem front-runner is far from certain

Jeff Jacoby: The cancer of anti-Semitism in Europe

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: The world is not the Divine's place

Bill Tammeus: 99 years of proof: Albert Einstein is still right after decades of verification

Lawrence F. Kaplan: Tim Robbins' Devious Plot

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?

Jeff Jacoby: Same-sex marriage vs. civil rights

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

Jeff Dunetz: Is Kofi Annan missing?

Alan M. Dershowitz: Stop terrorists' vehicle of choice

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

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