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Oct. 1, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
When I was a young boy, they called me a liar. Now that I'm all grown up, they call me a writer.   —   Isaac Bashevis Singer

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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the game(s) of life
Ask Wendy
By Wendy Belzberg

She refuses to forgive; close friend wants to bring home-wrecker as guest to wedding; tradition condition?
~~~
Our pundette doesn't mince words — and you can ask her almost anything. But be prepared for the answer!

ess, ess!/eat, eat!
Break the Fast — sweet and savory, ready to serve
By Ethel G. Hofman

Our food editor, the former president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, whose members include the likes of Julia Child, is back!

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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... Dreams do come true (NEW SERIES; TRY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT!)

[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore
Chip Bok (NEW CONTRIBUTOR!)
John Cole
Jeff Koterba
Bob Gorrell
Cox & Forkum
Chuck Asay (NEW CONTRIBUTOR!)
Michael Ramirez

(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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NextSteps: Elder issues by Jan L. Warner & Jan Collins: Seeking help for dementia victims

AFL-CIO unlikely to endorse a Democratic candidate

Musicians must audition to play London subway

Benefactors' heirs to Princeton want money back

Dr. Peter Gott: Laxative dependency; hideous stretch marks

Everyday Cheapskate: Repay it forward

Bruce Williams on JWR: Realty's 'bitter pill'

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Michelle Malkin: Christian soldier, Muslim soldier (OUTRAGEOUS!)

London Diarist by Barbara Amiel: Blair's dilemma today is Blair himself

Mark Bazer: How to abruptly quit your job in style (NEW CONTRIBUTOR!)

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Dan Abrams: Why you should hold off on thanking politicians for passing and signing the national do-not-call list

Michael Graham: Don't call us…

David Limbaugh: Targeting the elite

Wendy McElroy: Families pay price for government spending

Lenore Skenazy: Wall Street welfare means the little guy gets stomped on


NOSTRADAMUS: CUBS, RED SOX PLAYOFF BERTHS MEAN END IS NEAR
French seer predicted postseason match-ups, Armageddon
  —  Andy Borowitz

Joel Mowbray: State employees find second career flacking for House of Saud

Jonah Goldberg: Dems take U-turn

Paul Greenberg: The fall of the House of Kennedy: A new low

Wesley Pruden: A slight pause for course correction (OUCH!)

Tony Blankley: Managing a scandal

Dick Morris: Dean's E-reform

Walter Williams: Is it permissible?

Thomas Sowell: Silly letters

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Rabbi Berel Wein: Apples as a symbol of good?

Nora Koch: Keep the stress levels low for High Holy Days

Sarah Carr and Scott Williams: Privacy law hinders clergy's access to parishioners who are hospitalized

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Jonathan Gurwitz: What the ‘peaceniks’ have yet to learn

Abraham J. Twerski, M.D: Belief in the Divine when being surrounded by evil

Aryeh Spero: When terror hits home: My wake-up call

Yehuda Avner: How to negotiate for 'peace'

Zev Chafets: Having a Jewish wife won't save Dean

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr: THE POLITICS OF PANDER

Alan Dershowitz: Why terrorism works

Martin Peretz: Time to show that Jewish blood is not cheap and those who shed it will pay a tremendous price

Anonymous, as told to Chaim Walder: Ringed-in by a mistake

Rabbi Avi Shafran: A truly historic lawsuit

Edward I. Koch: Jews must reward Bush for stance on Israel

Rabbi Shimon Finkelman: The sage and his ‘special’ friend (INSPIRING!!)

Cal Thomas : When terror drives policy

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Elijah the Prophet also had an amputated limb (MOVING!)

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

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!)

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

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