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May 14-16, 2004
38th-40th Days of the Omer
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
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  —   Sheim M'Shmuel

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outlook
Striving
By Rabbi Berel Wein

The People of the Book's Book for the People

wandering jews
Hoagies & Hasidics
By Faygie Levy

Plans are underway to create a modern-day shtetel in the City of Brotherly Love

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"Kindness: Changing people's lives for the better" by internationally renowned author and lecturer Rabbi Zelig Pliskin Today's installment ... "Emotional states are contagious"

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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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.

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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.

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(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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Playground wood often treated with deadly chemical

South Africa turning donkeys into mass transit

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' wisdom

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Jeff Jacoby: The images we see — and those we don't (POWERFUL!)

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: What it was like to be Kerry's 'mistress'; Curious George (Stephanopoulos); more

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The Medicine Men: Death from painful medical myths

Diana West: Holier than thou (SUPERB!)

Joel C. Rosenberg: The truth about Nick Berg's murder

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Greg Crosby: Yet another reminder

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Wesley Pruden: A little night music in the heartland

Mona Charen: Test of character

Charles Krauthammer: The Abu Ghraib panic

Michael Barone: Poll-gazing: Are the numbers moving? (SMART!)

Thomas Sowell: Half a century after Brown, Part III



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The Jewish Ethicist: Q: Right now I can't find an employer who needs an MBA, so for the jobs I'm seeking I'm overqualified. Can I omit my MBA from my resume?

Jonathan Tobin: Tortured reasoning

Sharon First: Blessing the tree of life

Joe Berkofsky: Videotaped execution of U.S. Jew not shaking commitment to bringing democracy to Iraq

Daniel Pipes: The human comedy of the coming Muslim Europe

Dennis Prager: Shame on the news media, too

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!

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'

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

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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