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Jewish World Review
May 20, 2003
33rd Day (Lag) of the Omer
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In crises, the most daring course is often safest.
  —   Henry Kissinger

ABOUT JWR'S FUTURE

Not long ago, I found myself in the office of a corporate CEO. This fellow is known as a philanthropist, and I was trying for YEARS to meet with him.

After exchanging pleasantries, he became very serious. "If your own readers don't support you," he asked from behind his wide mahogany desk, "then why should I?"

Was the question insensitive? Obviously. But he had a point.

Unlike the CEO, there should be no reason for me to make a "pitch" to you about what JWR is --- and why it needs support.

We defend the values YOU hold dear and do so with elegance and eloquence.

And yet and yet, we need more and more of our readers to care -- that means you, all of you -- that we have the resources to keep on keeping on. (I'm SINCERELY grateful to those who have contributed!)

For those who aren't aware, JWR is not some multi-million dollar company.

To be blunt: We need your help and we need it now.

As much as I like to think positively -- it's my nature -- there comes a time when reality sets in. After discussing JWR's situation with "experts," we decided on a few possible scenarios. Here they are. We could

1) reduce our publishing schedule to twice or three times weekly.

2) become a subscription-only service with a semi-annual charge

3) offer free and "premium" tracks, which would require a fee

4) spruce up our advertising by adding pop-ups. (They are annoying, but they pay well.)

I would like things to stay the way they are, but without funding it's an impossibility.

What we have NO intention of doing is folding. We know the impact we are having in the cultural debate. And, then, there all of those warm letters we receive.

I am NOT asking you to stop reading if you can't make a donation. But I AM reassuring you that you need not be embarrassed if you can only give a small amount.

Whatever the amount, it will be greatly appreciated. At this point, ANYTHING, and I do mean ANYTHING, is better than nothing. Let's not be forced to change how JWR is run.

I've quoted the CEO. Now, let me quote a reader, James Graper: "Should I trust you with my mind but not my money?"

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In gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
Editor in Chief




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outlook
The Mystery of Lag B'Omer
By Rabbi Pinchas Stolper

For most of those who are even aware of its existence, the minor holiday of Lag B'Omer — which is observed today — is about bonfires and picnics. Here we present an in-depth look at its historical and philosophical underpinnings.



controversy!
The Threat Among Us
By Cal Thomas

It's time for a wake up call, folks. Ignore this article at your — and our nation's — own risk.



reality check
The suffering Palestinians
By Mona Charen

The true story of Palestinian oppression involves persecution at the hands of their fellow Arabs.






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Loving Kindness: Daily lessons that will transform you Undeniable (BRAND NEW SERIES!)






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BODYLESSONS: Flexibility can improve quality of life

The Travel Tightwad by Christopher Elliott: Playing the system to win II

Evan Weiner: Are changes in offing for cable TV sportsviewers?

Cuban spies say they used pro-democracy funds

Finding fountain of youth . . . or dangerous waters?

Credit card hawkers work hard to stand out in a crowd

Cancer survivor celebrates life by canoeing around country

In Iraq, writing is on the wall as critics come out of shadows

Consumer Reports on JWR: Treadmills that outrun the competition

Dr. Ed Blonz: Can you eat too much garlic?; what and how much nutrients in egg white



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Wesley Pruden: The wake-up call to banish visions

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

David Martin: Economy have ya down? Then ... build your own job!

Lenore Skenazy: Losing interest in reality (GREAT!)

Leonard Pitts, Jr: Two words not spoken often enough among blacks: I do

Dennis Prager: Women pretending to be men

Eve Tushnet: New Superman offers anti-American hero

Capital Comment: Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world

Joe Scarborough: A life in jail for 'conduct unbecoming'!?

Eric Peters: High court takes step to rein in runaway awards

Nat Hentoff: Conservative civil liberties

Peter A. Brown: Lawyers' party hits a new low

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Saudi terror watch (IMPORTANT!)

Paul Greenberg: Another case of 'Borking' Judicial nominees are routinely assailed for everything they've ever said or done from approximately the age of 3, and quite a few things they haven't

Thomas Sowell: Useful Idiots



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Mallard Filmore

Lurie's World

Jeff Stahler

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(Att. working columnists and editorial cartoonists: Think you have what it takes to be featured on JWR? Drop us a note. And readers: We're always open for suggestions!)


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