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April 27, 2004
22nd Day of the Omer
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
An envious neighbor counts your income, not your expenses.
  —   Yalkut Shamoni

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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past & present
The Making of a Jewish Citizen
By Michael Feldberg

"Denization" is a term no longer in common usage. The denization of Luis Moses Gomez and his four elder sons was an important step in the gradual civil acceptance of Jews in colonial American society.

The first in a new series on chapters in American-Jewish history.

reality check
Why the Palestinians
are in such a state

By Mark Steyn


The only way the Palestinians will get any kind of state is if Israel and America inflict it on them.

[ 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 ... "Correcting mistakes sensitively"


[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Lurie's World (OUCH!)
Bob Gorrell
Wayne Stayskal
Kirk Walters
Gary Brookins
Jeff Koterba
Chuck Asay
Michael Ramirez (OUCH II!)

(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: Hijacker slips past safety nets — use stronger Rx; can Quicken just unilaterally discontinue service?; Windows ME can't find hard drive

World War II Memorial comes into full view this week

Job growth is worth the insecurity

Dr. Peter Gott: A normal diet may cause chronic fatigue; safety of Benadryl; constipation remedy

Bruce Williams on JWR: A dinar and a dream; potential pitfalls of 'easy as pie' mortgages; 'special deed' for houses

Everyday Cheapskate: Living life without a margin

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Tony Snow: Lay off Cheney

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Bill Ferguson: Eyeball jewelry the latest fashionable way to display lack of intelligence

Stanley Crouch: Hip-hop takes a hit: Black women are starting to fight rap's degrading images

Dan Abrams: Why dumping a lawyer can be like ending a relationship: It's the 'promiscuous' parties that are the problem

Kathleen Parker: Abortion march is ugly spectacle

Michelle Malkin: A message for Ashley Judd

Tony Blankley: Kerry's fatal flaw

Robert Robb: Arizona to become test market on immigration as a political issue

Roger Simon: Something about nothing

Jonah Goldberg: Contradictions at the core of Kerry campaign

Linda Chavez: Has Kerry ever retracted his communist apologia?

Peter A. Brown: Kerry not weak on defense — just wrong

Joel Mowbray: Why Does Clinton Escape 9/11 Blame?

Jeff Jacoby: Do soldiers' coffins belong on page 1?

MUGGER: IT'S NOT MY FAULT!: Howell Raines' delusions; Yanks' woes won't last long

Walter Williams: Poor education prognosis

Thomas Sowell: Bait-and-switch media



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Zev Chafets: Columbia U's new friends

Mark Steyn: Mideast instability? Bring it on

Jeff Jacoby: America-hatred among the Arabs

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Jonathan Tobin: A historic shift

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Melanie Phillips: The hard lessons of terror (BRILLIANT!)

Rick Jervis: Your institution doesn't deserve government protection, you're religious!

Michael Graham: THEY HATE ME! THEY REALLY HATE ME!

Dennis Prager: People are beautiful, the world stinks o thoughts count?

Jeff Jacoby: Faith in the depths of hell

Rabbi Y. Y. Rubinstein: Big Worries (MUST READ!)

Leonard Felder: Meshuganeh relatives are good for you

Yaffa Ganz: A matter of life and death

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

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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Bill Bennett, Jack Kemp, and Jeane Kirkpatrick: Twenty Facts about Israel and the Middle East (IMPORTANT!)

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