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August 12, 2004

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The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.   —   Benjamin Disraeli

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controversy!
I've been branded a ‘turncoat’
By Edward I. Koch

Confronting stereotypes and the need to take principled stances. Oh, and a look at John Kerry's positions on Israel


war on terror
Pursuing Terror's Financiers: Time to Get Serious About The Saudi Connection
By Neal M. Sher

The former Director of the Office of Special Investigation in the US Justice Department wants to know why we must wait for a Hamas inspired, Saudi rewarded catastrophe to hit at home before we truly take seriously the threat posed by Saudi backing of terrorism


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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

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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.

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Computer Answer Man by James Coates: 'Vexillologist'; 'fifth column'; 'Homer sometimes nods'

Stock tips from financial newsletters

AOL targeting Hispanic customers with $299 PC

Dr. Peter Gott: Causes of fatty liver; huge ovary

Everyday Cheapskate: Dealing with a divorce's taxing hangover; 'credit shield' programs; install-yourself-carpet

Bruce Williams: Daughter's concern a capital idea; advantage of a trust; downside of timeshares





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Anne Applebaum: Doing nothing? Nothing doing

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Lloyd Garver: The Political Olympics

Lenore Skenazy: Trump's toys for the newly bankrupt

Collin Levey: Getting to the root of the stem-cell debate

Jill "J.R." Labbe: The gun-law sky is falling?

Michael Medved: Secular fanatics are the true fundamentalists


CLINTON CLAIMS BUSH PLAGIARIZED '98 SPEECH
Will overlook royalty payments
  —  ScrappleFace

James Lileks: Another Swing Vote: the Sufferers of Sudden Bush Hatred Fatigue Syndrome

Tony Snow: Swift Boats, Continued

Zev Chafets: Why Kerry's Cambodia question must be answered

MUGGER: Reporting for Combat Duty: A Weekend in Kerry's Nantucket

Suzanne Fields: The risks of 20-20 hindsight

Larry Elder: A million black voters disenfranchised

Dick Morris: The partisan peril

Bob Tyrrell: Missing Nixon

Anne Coulter: Brothers band together against Kerry

George Will: Soothing our suspicions

Cal Thomas: If at first you don't succeed...

Thomas Sowell: Power versus knowledge



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

The Jewish Ethicist: Q. Should corporations contribute money to charity?

Rachel Ehrenfeld: Ashcroft slow to prosecute Muslim charities who fund terror groups

Bret Stephens: When breaking a taboo means guaranteed self-destruction

Peter A. Brown: Public interest vs. minority rights

Zev Chafets: Why not say it bluntly? Islam is an aggressive, violent political ideology

Bob Alper: Shmoozin' with shamayim (Heaven)

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski: You are what you eat — or should be

Julia Gorin: Multi-culturalizing anti-Semitism: The ADL's fanaticism for fitting in

Jonathan Tobin: Lessons from the other Warsaw Uprising

Suzanne Fields: Flip-flopping for the Jews

Rabbi Avi Shafran: History on the heart

Ask Wendy: Non-intrusive=bad friend?; best friend's daughter is not for my son; bris-less grandsons

Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder: Islam is a religion of WHAT? II: A response to our critics

Daniel Pipes: A slick Islamist heads to jail

Joel Greenberg: ‘Palestine’ continuing to self-destruct, as Arab on Arab violence increases

David Grimes: New book teaches you how to beat the ?%^ out of a suspected terrorist

Aharon Granot: His role for life

Kaukab J. Smith: Dems becoming the party of Muslims?

Steven Stalinsky: Arab Guide to the 2004 Election

Dennis Prager: Explaining the Arab-Israeli conflict through numbers

Zev Chafets: The intifadeh is over — just listen

Nate Bloom: Jewz in the Newz

Dennis Prager: Presbyterian Church defames Christianity

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Just say 'NO'

Daniel Pipes: Palestinian anarchy

Herbert London: Why the world hates Israel

Richard Z. Chesnoff: Return the 'Palestinians' back to where they originated?

Charles Krauthammer: U. N. will go to any length to condemn Israel, including enabling murder

Rabbi Aryeh Spero: French Indifference to Evil Escalates

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson: These Arabs fear being branded traitors — and you know what that can mean! — because they find the security fence beneficial

Yossi Klein Halevi: The pattern of Palestinian rejectionism

Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder: Islam is a religion of WHAT?

Lisa Haddock: New book looks at life and love in a Jerusalem few see

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

Walter Williams: Will the West survive?

Dennis Prager: So, we're hated

Charles Krauthammer: Israel's Intifada Victory

Jeff Jacoby: Mutilations and Muslim law

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

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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