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April 7, 2004
Insight section was updated before the onset of the holy days.
A liar believes nobody.   —   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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Multimedia tool of antiquity
By Rabbi Harvey Belovski


In an astonishingly contemporary means of communication, the Seder uses all the weapons in the multimedia arsenal to project its message beautifully and clearly. If we tap into that wisdom, use our Passover prudently to progress and to reject culturalism, then we are assured of greater success in creating the Jewish future.


outlook
The Karpas conundrum
By Rabbi Avi Shafran


Questions, questions everywhere. At the Seder, that is.

But karpas, the vegetable dipped in saltwater at the start of the Seder, is truly baffling. Although it is the subject of one of the Big Four questions, it not only does not have an answer; it seems that it cannot have one.


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The search
By Paul Greenberg


Walker Percy and Passover


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Meshuganeh relatives
are good for you

By Leonard Felder


This Passover, let those carazy family members help you grow


[ 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 ... "Finding strengths"


[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore
Cox & Forkum
Ed Gamble
J.D. Crowe
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Chuck Asay
Michael Ramirez

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Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Compressed driver leaves fax in a funk; computer "meows"; expensive scanner solution that wasn't necessary

Shifting wants of travelers to permanently change airline industry

Thinking with your emotions will hurt you, experts say

Dr. Peter Gott: Does grouchiness have a medical cause?

Consumer Reports on JWR: Drop the dish or cut the cable?

Everyday Cheapskate: Instill financial know-how in your children

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Jeff Jacoby: Love the brother, love the stranger (SUPERB!)



David Grimes: Got those customer survey blues

Lenore Skenazy: The wrap wars — a soggy saga

Mike Barnicle: Just in time, baseball pitches relief

Joe Scarborough: Our dear Saudi allies are putting the gun to America's head

Dan Abrams: Can 'Runaway Jury' be real? So-called "stealth jurors" could be sabotaging the justice system

Peter A. Brown: Schools should focus on boys — now

Clarence Page: Finding hope in America's bleak racial statistics

Dennis Prager: Why no Christian suicide bombers? — and other thoughts on Islamic terror

MUGGER: Democratic Spirits Are Summoned Is Kerry in Charge?

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr: Anti-anti-missile defense

Marianne M. Jennings: Keeping sharecroppers in their place

Thomas Sowell: Fixing the jury system



The JWR interview by Bill Steigerwald: Iraq needs 'social capital' ... ten minutes with Ray Salvatore Jennings of the United States Institute of Peace

Joanne Jacobs: Companies outsource for better workers, study says; nothing succeeds like failure; suspending everyone

Argus Hamilton's political zingers! (SUPER-SIZED!)

Leonard Pitts, Jr: Being black is not a character reference

John Leo: Why mission creep is creepy

Ron Rosenbaum: We Miss Mike Kelly: The Good Hard to Find, Even Harder to Lose

Suzanne Fields: From the Holocaust to Saddam


NADER HIRES TYCO JUROR TO RUN CAMPAIGN
Candidate praises holdout as ‘world-class spoiler’
  —  Andy Borowitz

Mark Steyn: The flip-flopper hip-hopper: John Kerry gets down — and not just his poll numbers

Michael Barone: The long shadow of Vietnam

Zev Chafets: Theater of blood

Wesley Pruden: The lively ghosts that haunt Monsieur Kerry (OUCH!)

Dick Morris: Kerry negatives on the rise, could swamp campaign

Roger Simon: Two for the price of one

Bill O'Reilly: Radio daze

George Will: Our resilient pastime



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Rabbi Yaacov Polskin: A truly American Passover

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Jonathan Tobin: Tenth Plague Revisited

Suzanne Fields: Hope and fear in Germany

Michael Arnold Glueck: The Horseradish Chronicles

Abe Novick: Morphing of terrorist image

Yaffa Ganz: A matter of life and death

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

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Do thoughts count?

Jonah Goldberg: Palestinians' use of kiddy bombers appalling

Mark Steyn: We tried appeasement once before

Paul Greenberg: NI-I-CE TERRORIST

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

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