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Oct. 6, 2003
(INSIGHT SECTION UPDATE PREPARED BEFORE YOM KIPPUR)
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.   —   Erica Jong

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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outlook
Yom Kippur and Arthur Schopenhauer
By Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo

What history's all-time greatest pessimist can teach us about the Day of Atonement. An essay on Truth — capital 'T' — that will alter the way you perceive reality.

first person
On visualization and vision
during the Days of Awe

By Toby Klein Greenwald

And then I realized what the Creator wants from us

[ D A I L Y  I N S P I R A T I O N ]

It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... People pleaser or pleasant person? (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
Lurie's World
Cox & Forkum
Jake Fuller
Doug Marlette
Steve Kelley Gary Varvel
Bob Gorrell
Ed Gamble
John Deering
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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Tech Maven by Mark Kellner: Electronic reading

Lori Borgman:Chipping away at misunderstood lists

Leak probe sends chill through Washington reporters, who rely on anonymous sources

Bedbugs are making a comeback across the United States

Hospitals lure nurses with cash bonuses, travel packages, new cars

People are finding good reasons to take photos with their cell phones

Dr. Peter Gott: Danger of lemon juice in plastic, styrofoam

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' wisdom

Bruce Williams on JWR: When to pay off house early

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Kathleen Parker: Fall scandals secrete the scent of politics (EXCELLENT!)

Debra J. Saunders: Two-ring circus, no real ringleader

Joe Scarborough: In defense of Rush and Arnold

Neil Cavuto: Who says we're so depressed?

Betsy Hart: A columnist unravels

Roger Simon: Hang 'Em High

Suzanne Fields: More homework for kids with cash

Bill O'Reilly: "WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU?"

George Will: Fascism, Alive and Abroad

Marianne M. Jennings: Rush Limbaugh: Part I

Media Person: Cops & docs in love

Stratfor Intelligence Brief by George Friedman: Pope and dagger: John Paul II's political legacy

Tom Purcell: Iraqi Pork

Greg Crosby: What's News

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Diana West: Elia Kazan, freedom fighter

Burt Prelutsky: What is so darn fascinating about cars?


SCHWARZENEGGER ACCUSED OF GROPING FOR PRONUNCIATION
Manhandled English language, tearful dialogue coach says
  —  Andy Borowitz

Wesley Pruden: A tight squeeze for the Terminator

Julia Gorin: No more wire hangers?

Joe Scarborough: Hate-filled talk gets in the way of discourse

Dick Morris: Get ready for Iran's drive to be national suicide bomber

MUGGER: All wrong

Bob Tyrrell: Is there a witch doctor in the house?

Marianne M. Jennings: When military folk make me hinky

Clarence Page: The wages of luck in a 'jobless recovery'

Paul Greenberg: Mystery solved!: Or: Who called the general?

Mona Charen: The scandal du jour

Charles Krauthammer: Our Instant Experts

Thomas Sowell: ON RACIAL CENSORSHIP AND RUSH LIMBAUGH

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Daniel Pipes: Pentagon Jihadis

Jonathan Tobin : Time to take the 5764 Jewish pundit quiz on next year's news

Rabbi Berel Wein: Apples as a symbol of good?

M. Gardner: Meet the Ukrainian Chassidic Jew who is a world-class chess player

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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