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May 11, 2004
35th Day of the Omer
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Conceptions without experience are void; experience without conceptions is blind.   —   Albert Einstein

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war on terror
The human comedy of the
coming Muslim Europe

By Daniel Pipes

Is it inevitable that the most brilliantly successful society also be the first in danger of collapse due to a lack of cultural confidence and offspring?

on media
Shame on the news media, too
By Dennis Prager

The virtually monolithic ideology that drives the world's news media should be a major concern among all those who treasure independent thought, not to mention moral clarity and America's well-being.

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"Kindness: Changing people's lives for the better" by internationally renowned author and lecturer Rabbi Zelig Pliskin (BRAND NEW SERIES!) Today's installment ... "Making peace"

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.

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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.

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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!

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This note is getting long, so I will end.

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Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Fold calendar into Web page for easy sharing; great idea for automating saving large number of small text files that must download every day; software is available to monitor program usage on a PC

Trend puts more students into same-sex classes

Big firms to offer plan for uninsured employees

Dr. Ed Blonz: Hormone supplements; pernicious anemia

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Evertyday Cheapskate: How to find better prices on your prescriptions

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Raoul Lowery Contreras: Picture precedents

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

David Grimes: You rant, you pay

Leonard Pitts, Jr: Here an ad, there an ad, everywhere

Mike Barnicle: The good ones coach life

Lou Dobbs: Outsourcing of jobs leads to information leaks

Terry Eastland: College costs rise with students' expectations

Mort Kondracke: U.S. can do better on drug reimport issue


POLL: MAJORITY CAN NO LONGER RECALL WHY THEY LIKED 'FRIENDS'
Former fans mystified by show's appeal
  —  Andy Borowitz

Joel Mowbray: Stark raving mad (OUTRAGEOUS!)

David Limbaugh: The pugnacious antiwar left

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr: Remain, Rumsfeld

Debra J. Saunders: Overkill

Wesley Pruden: What did they know? When did they care?

Dan Abrams: It wasn't improper for Gen. Myers to ask CBS to delay the release of the prisoner abuse pictures

John H. Fund: Will Sen. Kennedy turn out to be a political liability for John Kerry?

Nat Hentoff: Improving the Patriot Act

George Will: No flinching from the facts

Cal Thomas: A 'sorry' spectacle

Thomas Sowell: War within a war



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Sidney Zion: Sharon is down, but far from out

Jeff Jacoby: Making the case for parochial school

Jimmy Breslin: No joke, he stole it all

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski: The world is a mirror

Jeff Jacoby: Abandoning Gaza will not end terrorism

Roger Severino: Score one for the faithful in the culture wars!

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did They Do It?

Joel Mowbray: About that Israel-bashing letter to prez, consider the source

Michelle Malkin: CAIR's war on talk radio

Rachel Raskin-Zrihen: And the world still remains silent

Yossi Klein Halevi: Kabbalah goes Hollywood

Charles Krauthammer: The Real Mideast 'Poison'

The Jewish Ethicist: Can I defend myself against workplace blame-shifting?

Michael Feldberg: The Making of a Jewish Citizen

Mark Steyn: Why the Palestinians are in such a state

Jonathan Mark: Satmar's Sisters of Mercy

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?

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

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

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

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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