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Oct. 7, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.   —   Anonymous

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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By Zev Chafets

Our tribute to Edward Said

reality check
The Israel Factor
By Jonathan Tobin

Will support for the Jewish state be an issue in the presidential race?

[ 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 ... Smile at somebody that you don't like (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
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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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Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Device let you bypass scanner to convert slides; messages from Microsoft that aren't; how do I get rid of the non-stop stream of annoying pop-up ads?

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Dr. Ed Blonz: Slow-cooking a hazard?; potential danger in feeding honey or honeyed graham crackers to babies?

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Consumer Reports on JWR: Bountiful fall carvest

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Mark Bazer: The card that gave me a life suddenly expired

Mitch Albom: Tough choices in the not-so-amazing race (NEW CONTRIBUTOR!)

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Jeff Jacoby: A bum 'bigotry' rap on Rush

Debra J. Saunders: Diamond lanes are forever


SCHWARZENEGGER ADMITS PRAISING O.J.
Happened on rowdy movie set, actor says
  —  Andy Borowitz

Dan Abrams: Why a recent ruling in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker is no cause for concern

Lou Dobbs: It's lonely at the top

David Limbaugh: Judicial activism issue favors GOP

Jack Kelly: Clark is apolitical. No, really!

Wesley Pruden: Gropers and gripers down to the wire

Roger Simon: Arnold gets a pass

Cal Thomas: A good week for the Left?

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Don't bother me with the facts

Joe Scarborough: In defense of Rush and Arnold

Neil Cavuto: Who says we're so depressed?

Betsy Hart: A columnist unravels

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

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