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May 21-23, 2004
45th-47th Days of the Omer
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
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thought
Beyond physical Limitations
By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

We should overcome the limitations of the familiar and learn to think expansively: Spiritually

outlook
Not ‘man of the people’, but
‘man for the people’

By Rabbi Berel Wein

Of leadership and responsibility

reality check
Politics and pictures
By Jonathan Tobin

Images of brutality are historical markers for a generation

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

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.

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.

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Tech Maven by Mark Kellner: Opera: This browser sings

Lori Borgman: Graduation: When the last is the first

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Diana West: Don't blame the heroes

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Not so Ruff Ryders; fantastic voyage; sweeps month stunt?; more

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Lenore Skenazy: Whatever happened to spring?

Jeff Jacoby: Sky-high gas prices? Not really

The Medicine Men: Sue Your Boss Month

Mona Charen: Are children of gay parents worse off?

Joe Scarborough: Senators are posing while American troops are trying to win a war

Dan Abrams: Who is to blame?

Wesley Pruden: When Saddam meets Jerry Springer

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Jonah Goldberg: Why the flip-floppers rise to the top

Charles Krauthammer: Tax and drill

George Will: A dash of comma sense



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Charles Krauthammer: The Real Mideast 'Poison'

Michael Feldberg: The Making of a Jewish Citizen

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

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Michael Freund: A CALL TO PSALMS

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Omer Bartov: Did Hitlerism die with Hitler? (MUST READ!)

Kathleen Parker: Moral men learn it's lonely at the top

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Rabbi Shimon Finkelman: The sage and his ‘special’ friend (INSPIRING!!)

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Larry Elder: What you need to know about the 'religion of peace'

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Cal Thomas: The ‘Arab Street's’ concept of freedom

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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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