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June 16, 2003
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Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.   —   Isaac Bashevis Singer

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!)

Donate Now!

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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reality check
Hunting season
By David Warren

Yes, the current Israeli offensive includes targeted assassinations of the entire Hamas leadership. This is unpopular even among many Israelis: those conditioned by the Pavlovian recitation of the phrase "cycle of violence". To them, and to their like in the rest of the world, there is a reciprocal relationship, such that the bombing of a bus in Jerusalem by Hamas on Wednesday is automatically paired with Israel's attempt to assassinate Abdel Aziz Rantisi on Tuesday.

But in reality, as opposed to Pavlovian mantra, this is nonsense. As Hamas itself declared, the bus attack was planned well before the Israeli helicopters were dispatched against Rantisi, and the proximity in time was, in their own word, "fortuitous". This did not however stop the Western media from claiming on behalf of Hamas even more than Hamas was claiming.

jerusalem diarist
The Sabbath after
By Judy Lash Balint

In the small Jerusalem shul (synagogue) where I daven (pray), many people knew several victims of the deadly #14 bus bombing.

[ D A I L Y  I N S P I R A T I O N ]

Loving Kindness: Daily lessons that will transform you An Enduring Legacy (BRAND NEW SERIES!)

[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy (NEW, FAMILY-FRIENDLY STRIP!)
Mallard Fillmore
John Cole
John Deering
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Ed Gamble
Jeff Stahler
Gary Brookins
Gary Varvel
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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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Evan Weiner: AOL Time Warner stands up to Steinbrenner

12 Washington-area Muslims investigated for alleged terrorist ties

One-hour photo labs develop policy on reporting child pornography

Mental health reform movement loses steam

Small cities finding ‘dual purposes’ for federal counterterrorism aid

Lawmaker seeks to stem tide of spam with `do not e-mail' registry

Dr. Peter Gott: Zamboni cough; harmful electric blanket

Bruce Williams on JWR: Shady deal stiffs siblings; humans traveling steerage; How can I tell when the rates have really reached the bottom?

[ I N S I G H T ]

Jim Hoagland: All too prepared for the real world

The Reliable Source by Lloyd Grove: Missing dog, ransom demand, Hollywood ending

Argus Hamilton's political zingers! (SUPER SIZED!)

Joanne Jacobs: Paper 'Is-ness,' Excluding Awards, New Racial Consciousness and Politics

Ian Shoales: Because it's there

Lenore Skenazy: Your career's over when...

Michael Medved: Hollywood finally moves beyond racial obsession


NEW YORK TIMES ADMITS SERIOUS ERRORS IN ITS WEATHER FORECASTS
Paper to drop weather page indefinitely  
—  Andy Borowitz

Michael Barone: Making new amigos

Jay D. Homnick: Iraq and Roll

James Lileks: The real story behind Hillary's book

Debra J. Saunders: Feeling sorry for Hillary

Michael Graham: DEAR HIL—

Suzanne Fields: Humanities are on Orange Alert

Diana West: Speaking of terror

Richard Z. Chesnoff: Truce with terrorists is impossible

Joel Mowbray: Moral equivalence in the Middle East

David Limbaugh: The Clintons: They're your problem (OUCH!)

Bill O'Reilly: The Hillary chronicles

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Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

The Jewish Ethicist: Q. Is it permissible for providers of vital services to go on strike?

Jonathan Tobin: Trading Places

Burt Prelutsky: The flag and I

Binyamin L. Jolkovsky: WAKE UP CALL! (WARNING! Not for the apathetic or squeamish)

David Warren: Double suicide

Eve Tushnet: School Vouchers and the Myth of Neutrality

Dennis Prager: Only a Palestinian civil war will bring peace

Charles Krauthammer: Shades of Oslo

Joel Mowbray: The will to go on

Harvey Tannenbaum: A bad movie that seems will never end

Michael Freund: RISE UP, REPUBLICANS!

Cal Thomas: REKINDLING THE FIRES OF AUSCHWITZ

Jeff Jacoby: BIGOTRY AND THE 'ROAD MAP'

Cal Thomas: The Threat Among Us

Mona Charen: The suffering Palestinians

Victor J. Wishna: Hip-Hop Mameleh

Jennifer Seigel: Why has a new kosher cookbook sold over 24,000 copies in a week?

Michael Freund: Bush's Choice: Powell or the Prophets? (IMPORTANT!)

Five Towns Radio

Doug Marlette: How do you say "freedom of speech" in Arabic?

Nadia Matar: Jane in Jerusalem

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

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