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April 1, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
The true test of humility: One's attitude to subordinates.
  —   Orchos Tzadikim

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.

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Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
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Tenth Plague Revisited
By Jonathan Tobin


The Angel of Death that mercilessly passes among the homes of Israel's contemporary foes needs no signposts


berlin diarist
Hope and fear in Germany
By Suzanne Fields


Nothing about this city is static. A tourist rides a roller coaster of attitudes through an artless design that challenges the spirit to accept that the past is past.


shticks and groans
The Horseradish Chronicles
By Michael Arnold Glueck


The Pain of chrain


[ 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 ... "Leave people feeling better about themselves"


[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Cox & Forkum
Gary Brookins
Jake Fuller
Steve Kelley
Jeff Koterba
Chip Bok
John Cole
Wayne Stayskal
Chuck Asay

(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.)

[ L I F E S T Y L E S ]

Can you stump the wordsmiths?: "Thin red line''; "doak"; "level playing field"

White House agency head erasing ‘sexual orientation’ from protection against bias

College researching better fuel from cooking oil

Dr. Peter Gott: Are public toilets dangerous?; effects of alcoholism in causing sore legs and other symptoms

Consumer Reports on JWR: New cars that made the grade

Everyday Cheapskate: Making the most of your mascara; mortgage check takes two weeks to clear; getting out of bankruptcy

[ I N S I G H T ]

Paul Greenberg: 'Condoleezza Rice, do you swear . . .'

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: D'OH! "Simpsons" actors in dispute with Fox; Diane Sawyer and Janet Jackson won't be bosom buddies; Condi and Maxim?

Lloyd Garver: Something you're dying to write

Joanne Jacobs: Average pay gets average teachers; failing teachers; fake Master's

Anne Applebaum: A Man of Letters

Leonard Pitts, Jr: Three steps to being whole

Stratfor Intelligence Brief: Preventing new problems in a sovereign Iraq

Jonathan Turley: One angry Tyco juror does not make twelve angry men


MELANCHOLY SADDAM LONGS TO SHUT DOWN A NEWSPAPER
Former dictator in ‘deep funk,’ French lawyer says
  —  Andy Borowitz

Marianne M. Jennings: Of weasels and men

Joe Scarborough: It's The never-ending 9/11 blame game

Joseph L. Galloway: Our Viet war friends betrayed by John Kerry

Nat Hentoff: Can Kerry reclaim pro-life Dems?

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr: The threat we're ignoring NOW

MUGGER: Baseball before politics; Puff the slain dragon; a minor miracle; right on, Carl

Bob Tyrrell: Sen. Jean Francois' fun and games are only starting — poor Dems

Mort Kondracke: Voters: Post 9/11-Bush record trumps pre-9/11

Larry Elder: Sen. Kerry — the likability gap

Ann Coulter: How 9-11 happened

Cal Thomas: At last a new idea



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Previously:

Abe Novick: Morphing of terrorist image

Elliot Gertel: Along Came 'Toxic Jewish Women'

Rabbi Avi Shafran: The magnificence in the mundane

Yaffa Ganz: A matter of life and death

Dennis Prager: What does 'Judeo-Christian' mean?

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Do thoughts count?

Joel Mowbray: Why are Jews lending legitimacy to dangerous Muslim groups?

Jonah Goldberg: Palestinians' use of kiddy bombers appalling

Mark Steyn: We tried appeasement once before

Paul Greenberg: NI-I-CE TERRORIST

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

Libby Lazewnik: Person To Person

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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