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April 13, 2004
Insight section was updated BEFORE the onset of the holy days.
Those who are happy despite poverty can prevail against anything.
  —   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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outlook
To be a matza
By Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo


Something profound to think about the next time you take a bite of those funny shaped and sized 'Passover crackers'


on media
He's making a list,
checking it twice…

By Andrew Silow-Carroll


A Leftist mag with an international following "outs" influential supporters and advisors of the president based on their religion


[ 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 ... " Verbal encouragement"


[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Lurie's World
Cox & Forkum
Ed Gamble
J.D. Crowe
Jake Fuller
Wayne Stayskal
Bob Gorrell
Gary Varvel
Steve Kelley
Chuck Asay
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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The Tech Maven by Mark Kellner: Small wonders: Gadgets good and bad

Washington's ‘think tanks’ growing in number, power

Racing fans bemused by the idea they could sway the election

Dr. Peter Gott: Treatment of insect bites; readers say no sugar, ‘no flour diet’ works

Bruce Williams on JWR: Roadside economics; foreclosing on valueless property

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' wisdom

[ I N S I G H T ]

Kathleen Parker: In a parallel universe called "What if . . . " (MUST READ!)


Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Mitch Albom: Sister's family loves its piece of the rock

Jeff Jacoby: Everyone got it wrong before 9/11

Lou Dobbs: The source of terror

John Leo: Will our Northern neighbors stomp on free speech — when it involves morality?

Suzanne Fields: Textbook terror in a visual age

Dan Abrams: 9/11 Commission should be accepted, no matter what it finds

Joe Scarborough: Rice showed grace under pressure

Robert Robb: Once 9/11 Commission's political theater ends, we must debate real security issues

Joanne Jacobs: Math instruction doesn't add up

Mort Zuckerman: Getting real about gas prices

Paul Greenberg: Does bestsellerdom beat the No. 2 job Clarke wanted in Homeland Security?

Neil Cavuto: Dying . . . to live

The JWR interview with Bill Steigerwald: Stay the course in Iraq ... 10 minutes with Oliver North

Jack Kelly: Iraq's insurgents can't win, unless we let them

Zev Chafets: Force is the only choice

Mark Steyn: Don't let Iraq's tempest in a teacup rattle you

Marianne M. Jennings: Malpractice society

Cal Thomas: Authority figure

Bill O'Reilly: Running against himself

Roger Simon: The Return of John Sasso

Nat Hentoff: The new genocide: Have you heard?

Mort Kondracke: Welfare impasse a case of partisan posing

Steve Young: Which candidate wanted to raise gas tax? Or maybe political commercials are just too short


Lenore Skenazy: No wisdom in these pearls

Greg Crosby: I Really Should Be in Bed

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: S-e-x and the Koran; PETA targets Beyonce; more

Stratfor Intelligence Brief: There are reasons for optimism despite war's downturn

The Medicine Men: Wrong Military Diagnoses & Treatments

Leonard Pitts, Jr: WOW! and special thanks, too

Clarence Page: As much as our American presidents say "Never again" with heartfelt passion, the reality too often has been, "Yes, again," to mass killings

Michael Barone: The jobless recovery may not have been jobless

Tom Purcell: Bush's Secret Weapon: Bo Derek

Mark Goldblatt: Unreasonable ‘art’: Christo & Jeanne-Claude prepare to wrap-up Central Park

Wesley Pruden: A dishy schoolmarm gets the good lines

Debra J. Saunders: Swatting at flies

Terry Eastland: Bush was right to permit Rice to testify on 9-11

Diana West: Ted offensive

David Limbaugh: Kerry needs a new mantra

Jonah Goldberg: Kennedy's Vietnam remarks ill-timed and inappropriate

Mona Charen: Are we tough enough?

Charles Krauthammer: How the times have changed

George Will: Stirring government sludge

Thomas Sowell: Counting the costs, Part II



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Previously:

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Passover: The freedom to serve

Jonathan Tobin: There's no such thing as an intellectual justification for Palestinian murderers

Rabbi Harvey Belovski: Multimedia tool of antiquity

Rabbi Avi Shafran: The Karpas conundrum

Paul Greenberg: The search

Leonard Felder: Meshuganeh relatives are good for you

Yaffa Ganz: A matter of life and death

Rabbi Berel Wein: The Hagadah: Story of a People in flux

Rabbi Yaacov Polskin: A truly American Passover

Jacob Berkman: Tastes great, less chametz

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

Libby Lazewnik: Person To Person

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!)

The Weekly Standard





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