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Oct. 14, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.   —   Michael Levine

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.

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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.

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In gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
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the war on terror
Preaching terror
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

Have, in fact, Islamists — many of whom are backed by Saudi Arabia — successfully established beachheads in such places as the Pentagon's chaplain corps and America's prisons, mosques and colleges with a view to dominating moderate Muslims and creating a potential terrorist "Fifth Column" within the United States?


jerusalem diarist
Up close and personal
with Ariel Sharon

By Cal Thomas

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he has no intention of dismantling the security fence he is building to protect Jewish neighborhoods from Palestinian terrorists, no matter what the United Nations decides when it debates the issue on today. Neither, he said, will there be a Palestinian state unless five specific conditions are met.

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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... Feelings may not be what they seem (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
Chuck Asay
Jeff Koterba
Ed Gamble
Wayne Stayskal
J.D. Crowe
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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Glad You Asked by Jeff Elder: Origins of comic strips and hush puppies; a college football quiz; dogs that don't bark

Just because you can't remember where you left your car keys doesn't mean you can't be a great thinker

Retirees forgo senior housing in favor of rentals where all ages live

Philadelphia mayor's race is 'off the charts' of bizarre campaigns

Congress seeks to amend labor laws for Amish youth

Dr. Ed Blonz: Harvesting the facts on soil maintenance; mixing proteins

Everyday Cheapskate: Money and the stages of marriage

Consumer Reports on JWR: Shop around for best prescription prices

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Jimmie "J.J." Walker: The bums' Rush — and mine (WELCOME BACK!)

The JWR interview by Bill Steigerwald: A 784-page biography hatchet job that only Clinton-haters will love — published by Random House? Ten minutes with Nigel Hamilton

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Madge gets mad, lips are sealed; the candidates who listen; he who hesitates is Beatty

Mark Bazer: This is not a bill

Lou Dobbs: Schools need to re-emphasize math and science

Joanne Jacobs: To Gag a Mockingbird; saying 'hate' is hate speech; protest school

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Jack Kelly: A better government in between campaigns?

David Limbaugh: Senator Kerry should apologize

Clarence Page: Does the election of Ah-nuld mean anything more than the obvious?

John C. Bersia: Reinstitute mandatory smallpox vaccinations as biodefense precaution?

Roger Simon: President Schwarzenegger?

MUGGER: 13 months & counting

Mona Charen: Into the sewer we go — led by Bono

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Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

The Jewish Ethicist: When is "consent" truly informed?

Jonathan Tobin: The Cult of Objectivity

Rabbi Avi Shafran: The Sukkah still stands

David Warren: Cowardice costs

Ask Wendy: Video greetings at gravesite?; end relationship with ‘special friend’?

Mark Steyn: Palestinian death cult

Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder: The real duel over fencing

Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo: Yom Kippur and Arthur Schopenhauer

Toby Klein Greenwald: On visualization and vision during the Days of Awe

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Seize the days

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Counterintuitive repentance

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson: After 3 years, Arabs becoming disillusioned with intifada, Arafat

Dafna Breines: What I learned from my two-and-a-half year about beseeching the Creator

Daniel Pipes: Pentagon Jihadis

Rabbi Berel Wein: Apples as a symbol of good?

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

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!)

Five Towns Radio

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

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