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June 8, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
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  —   Belzer Rebbe

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first person
The prisoners' conscience
By Natan Sharansky

The legendary Prisoner of Zion and Soviet dissident remembers the beloved late president


war on terror
‘Don't Be Afraid, We
Won't Kill Muslims’

By Daniel Pipes

After an Islamist rampage in the Saudi town of Khobar on May 29-30 that ended in the death of twenty-two persons, survivors of that atrocity have recounted how the terrorists went to great lengths to ensure that they would kill only non-Muslims. Their actions raise a delicate but urgent issue: How might non-Muslims best protect themselves if caught in such a situation?

Important info!

controversy!
Taliban come to L.A.
By Dennis Prager

Radical secularism run amok must be stopped no less than Islamo-Fascists

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

A HEARTFELT LETTER FROM JWR'S PUBLISHER

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Glad YOU asked by Jeff Elder: How search engines work; time travel; more

Tech Maven by Mark Kellner: Mr. Reagan's Computing Legacy

Senator calls for U.S. government to apologize to Native tribes

Exposing shady credit-card traps

Dr. Ed Blonz: Tips on absorbing dietary calcium

Everyday Cheapskate: Cleaning wood floors 101

Consumer Reports on JWR: Don't get shafted by cordless lawn trimmers

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Laura Ingraham: The Reagan legacy: It was about more than his optimism

Jack Kelly: Why Reagan's death worries the Dems

Edward I. Koch: Reagan's afterlife on Earth

Michael Ledeen: An optimist's legacy

David Limbaugh: An unrelenting faith in America

Debra J. Saunders Exit, smiling

Mark Steyn: Yes, that was his job

Mona Charen: Now he belongs to the ages

Thomas Sowell: RONALD REAGAN (1911-2004)

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: The Gipper's legacy for our time

Wesley Pruden: The virulent venom of frustrated rage


Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Mitch Albom: A reputation ruined for no good reason

Bill Steigerwald: Wal-Mart is an undeserving whipping boy

Woody Hochswender: Chic hatred

Lenore Skenazy: Carb your enthusiasm

Regina C. Davis: Want young people to `Rock the Vote'? Teach them how

Mort Kondracke: High school kids could swell voter turnout

John C. Bersia: U.S. intelligence agencies must increase awareness in order to grow

George Will: Critical mass for Kerry



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Doron Kornbluth: Ronald Reagan's Jewish visions

Lewis A. Fein: Now he belongs to the ages

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski: Humility: The finest of all traits

Nate Bloom: More Tears by the Rivers of Babylon: Jewish Servicemen Killed in Iraq

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Articles of faith

Jonathan Tobin: Pause and Remember

Michelle Malkin: The ambulances-for-terrorists scandal

Dayle Shockley: A child's lessons start early

Greg Crosby: How we will lose the Islamo-Fascist War

Daniel Pipes: 'If you are Muslim, you are suspect'

Dennis Prager: The greatest sin

Alan Dershowitz: Does oppression cause homicide bombings?

The Jewish Ethicist: Does favoring local labor discriminate against the truly needy?

Bob Alper: To die for

Daniel Pipes: Threat to the West is European import with Islamic accent

Dennis Prager: The news media and Nick Berg

Daniel Pipes: The human comedy of the coming Muslim Europe

Dennis Prager: Shame on the news media, too

Yossi Klein Halevi: Kabbalah goes Hollywood

Charles Krauthammer: The Real Mideast 'Poison'

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!

Dennis Prager: People are beautiful, the world stinks

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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