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March 25, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Mazel (luck) is the imp of metaphysics.   —   Rebecca Goldstein

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.

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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.

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war on terror
We tried
appeasement
once before

By Mark Steyn


"Never again" has evolved to mean precisely the kind of passivity that enabled the Holocaust first time round. "Neville again" would be a better slogan.


on law
The Pledge finally gets
its day in (High) Court

By William Neikirk


A "fly on the wall" dispatch focusing on early indicators about how the case, being watched by all who take religion seriously, will likely be decided.


[ 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 ... "Bless people in your mind"


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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Lurie's World
Cox & Forkum
Bob Gorrell
John Cole
Jake Fuller
Ed Gamble
Steve Kelley
John Deering
Chuck Asay

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Meet the very happy American consumers who never make it on the news

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Consumer Reports on JWR: Family vehicles: CR-tested, kid-approved

Everyday Cheapskate: Cleaning those difficult rust and wax stains; revised lemon wedges recipe

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Suzanne Fields: Searching for the alpha male

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Lloyd Garver: Trumping Trump

Terry Eastland: Colleges doing away with their racially exclusive programs


JAYSON WILLIAMS' GUN GOES ON THREE-STATE KILLING SPREE
Rampage bolsters defense theory that gun acted alone
  —  Andy Borowitz

Dan Abrams: Those trying to place blame for 9/11 are taking political cheap shots

Jack Kelly: Lying when not necessary makes most wonder — but not the media

Dick Morris: A blowout in the making

Jonah Goldberg: Clarke's criticism of Bush leaves us wondering about motives

Bob Tyrrell: What really explains the rancor arising in this election year? (OUCH!)

George Will: Transmitting civilization

Mort Kondracke: There really is agreement on foreign policy

Larry Elder: Born-again critic of the Bush administration

Anne Coulter: Chair-warmer on the hot seat

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Jonathan Tobin: Yassin's death is justice long overdue

Paul Greenberg: NI-I-CE TERRORIST

Carrie Devorah: Murder at the Hague

Cal Thomas: Living and dying by the sword

Joel C. Rosenberg: And when Israel actually applies the Bush Doctrine?

Rabbi Y. Y. Rubinstein: When political discourse misses the point

Nate Bloom: Grammy Jews

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Is intimacy holy? For whom?

The Jewish Ethicist: Do I need to report an undercharge if it will indict the cashier?

Libby Lazewnik: Person To Person

Dennis Prager: It's the heart versus the Bible

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

Jeff Jacoby: The cancer of anti-Semitism in Europe

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

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

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!)

The Weekly Standard





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