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June 27, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
A word without thought, is like a foot without muscle.
  —   Rabbi Moshe ibn-Ezra

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thought
A spiritual budget
By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

Religious economics and being a ruler


reality check
Conspiracy theories
By Jonathan Tobin

Attempts to cast the war in Iraq as a plot should give its critics pause


controversy!
Anti-Semitism and the UN
By Jeff Jacoby

The lengths to which the UN will to go to avoid any condemnation of Jew-hatred would be comical if they weren't so contemptible. Is that finally changing?


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"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.

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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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Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
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Lori Borgman: Old Red Eyes is back, but not at this house

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'Anglos' to be minority in Texas come spring 2005

Dr. Peter Gott: Low blood-sodium may cause symptoms; lymphomas; What is a chalazion, its cause and treatment?

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' wisdom

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Kathleen Parker: Gay 'marriage's' unforeseen consequences

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: "Don't jump!"; Rocco's rocky night; Rules? Which rules?; more

Greg Crosby: What's the matter, ya chicken?

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Mankind cannot bear very much (TV) reality

Lenore Skenazy: Maybe it'll be Little Brother watching you

Neil Cavuto: SHOW IT! ALL OF IT!

The Medicine Men: Dosage makes the poison in 400-year-old mercury murder


MAJORITY OF KERRY VOTERS BELIEVE HE IS NOT BUSH
Not-Bushness key to Dem's appeal, poll suggests
  —  Andy Borowitz

Collin Levey: Could Nader help the Dems?

Paul Greenberg: The History of Slick Willie — from the coiner of the moniker

Tom Purcell: 'Clinthog' Day

MUGGER: B&W road movie: Kerry and Sharpton are making beautiful music together

Joel Mowbray: Ex-diplomats support Kerry— much like current Foreign Service

Robert Robb: Parallel (political) universes

Dick Morris: Bubba backing Bush?

Diana West: The legacy of lasciviousness

David Limbaugh: The Divine and politics

Wesley Pruden: Just like old times with Bill and Al

Marianne M. Jennings: Bill Clinton: The New Vegas

Jonah Goldberg: Parallel lives, parallel lies

Charles Krauthammer: The smallness of a man who granted equal valence to his own indulgences on the one hand and to the fate of nations on the other



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Dr. Ergun Mehmet Caner: Moore's 'hate-riotism'

Amy H. Lederman: The good, the bad and the human

Walter Williams: Will the West survive?

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

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

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!)

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