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June 23, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Sometimes the only way to be above things is to admit that we are below them.
  —   Rabbi Shraga Silverstein

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first person
The good, the bad and the human
By Amy H. Lederman

We're not meant to be angels, but


reality check
Will the West survive?
By Walter Williams

The Muslim world is at war with Western civilization. We have the military might to thwart them. The question is: Do we have the intelligence to recognize the attack and the will to defend ourselves from annihilation? Their intent is clear, but let's refresh our memories with a bit of history.


[ D A I L Y  I N S P I R A T I O N ]


"Growing Each Day" by internationally renowned author and lecturer Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. (BRAND NEW SERIES!)



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.

What we need now is to get sufficient funding for a staff and a technology upgrade. At this moment, every JWR page is designed by hand. We need to purchase and customize a database similar to "Story Server" in addition to hiring a staff.

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.

I apologize if this letter offends anybody. Perhaps if I waited a few days or weeks, the tone would be different. As a cherished reader, I just wanted to let you know what is amiss.

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In gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
Editor in Chief

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Cox & Forkum
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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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Glad you asked by Jeff Elder: Soda jerk! One chocolate brain freeze; Brands that become generic name for a product; more

High-tech political ads join stickers, buttons on campaign trail

Arbitration trend fuels consumer lawsuits

Dr. Peter Gott: Dangers in using plastic containers; numbed fingers turn white then red; arrogant docs

Everyday Cheapskate: Time to lighten up

Bruce Williams on JWR: Should she stay or should she go?; putting your retirement investments on hold; long-term nursing home insurance

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Michelle Malkin: The lost patriots of Hollywood

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Jim Shea: Advice from the managed

Kathleen Parker: Newspapers looking for love in wrong places

Dan Abrams: Parsing words confuse 9/11 report statements: Are politicians starting to sound like lawyers?

Jack Kelly: The coming ‘War for Oil’

Michael Ledeen: Ready for $60-a-Barrel Oil?: The Iranian election strategy at work

Terry Eastland: Special counsel law: Reform gone awry


KERRY-GEPHARDT MEETING CREATES OMINOUS BLACK HOLE IN UNIVERSE
Could devour Earth, scientists fear
  —  Andy Borowitz

Joe Scarborough: The final chapter on Bill Clinton has yet to be written

Joel Mowbray: Saudis' most recent pledge just as meaningless

Mark Goldblatt: More on Moore: One man and a whole movement

Tony Blankley: The Clinton legacy — OOPS!

Paul Greenberg: They still don't get it

Dick Morris: Election '04: Kerry's stealth strategy

Jonah Goldberg: Hawkish clothes itch doves

Linda Chavez: Teachers' unions get an 'A' for Dem loyalty

Thomas Sowell: Summer de-programming



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Dennis Prager: So, we're hated

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: The company Powell keeps

Michael Freund: How Wen-Jing Became 'Shalva'

Suzanne Fields: One noisy nation, under ?

Jeff Dunetz: Let Madonna — OOPS! I mean ‘Esther’ — take the blame

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski: Quantum leap to evil

Charles Krauthammer: Israel's Intifada Victory

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Creatures and teachers

Toby Klein Greenwald: The Mommy who busted the bomber

Jason Maoz: JWR in the news

Jonathan Tobin: Too high a Wall

Michelle Malkin: America's insane asylum for terrorists

Dick Polman: Jews for Bush?

Bret Stephens: Book seeks to end Jewish support for Israel

Jeff Jacoby: Mutilations and Muslim law

Zev Chafets: The only good infidel is a dead infidel

The Jewish Ethicist: Can a gift to charity ever substitute for paying what we owe?

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

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?

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

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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