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Oct. 27, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
  —   Unknown

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


[ J E W I S H  L I V I N G ]

reality check
Should America blame itself for the Muslim world's hatred?
By Jonathan Tobin

Predictably, for some Americans the answer lies not in confronting the dementia that passes for wisdom in the Muslim world, but for America to change its policies.

reality check II
Deadly denial
By Daniel Pipes

As in the 1930s, the world at large — including the U.S. government — again seems not to note the deadliness of processes now underway.

not satire
The Mideast crisis can be
solved by — Hollyweird?

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson


Have Jason Alexander, Rhea Perlman, Danny Devito, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, pictured above, spent a tad too much time in the fantasy factory?

[ 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 ... Pay full attention (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

Cox & Forkum
Ed Gamble
Doug Marlette
Steve Kelley
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.)

[ L I F E S T Y L E S ]

Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Messenger; better than manual underlining; cannot access the Internet when I use the LAN connection on the wireless computers, and cannot share files when choosing wireless connection on them

Dr. Robert A. Wascher's health Report: Magnetism & Depression; Potential Impact of Mandatory Child-restraint Seats on Commercial Airplanes; BRCA1/BRCA2: Breast & Ovarian Cancer Risks

Springfield, Mass., defies FDA with Canadian drug import plan

Nights on the sofa prompted creation of new snore-reducing device

Rooting out phone-bill errors is company's forte

Dr. Peter Gott: Hallucinations; sleep disorders; busty granddad

Everyday Cheapskate: A slice of Autumn harvest

Bruce Williams on JWR: I need insurance advice, quickly What if I divorce after signing a quitclaim deed?

[ I N S I G H T ]

John Leo: The good-news generation

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Paparazzi uncensored!; where's Aaron Brown?; postcards from the middle; invasion of the party snatchers?; House flooded when not afire?; suspenders of disbelief?:

Steve Young: First It Was Reagan, Now There's A Possibility It's Lynch: Is Hollywood Determined To Turn Out Their Own Truth?

Argus Hamilton's political zingers! (SUPER-SIZED!)

Debra J. Saunders: Welcome to vegan elementary

Joanne Jacobs: Parent, teachers, parents as teachers; cramming in education; out of control

Lenore Skenazy: Some things don't go better with Coke

Mitch Albom: Parsley, sage, rosemary and time (GREAT!)


LIZA MINNELLI SEEKS LARGER ROLE IN WAR ON TERROR
Will terrify the terrorists, diva promises
  —  Andy Borowitz

Michael Barone: Stopping rogue nukes

Jack Kelly: Blame Bush!

Neil Cavuto: What would we die to know?

Richard Z. Chesnoff: Syrians still play footsie with terror

Paul Greenberg: Feticide, as peace of mind

Wesley Pruden: Shall we silence the Christians?

Bill O'Reilly: EXTREME media

George Will: An Economy of Aesthetics

Thomas Sowell: A lynch mob gathers, Part III


Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Rabbi Berel Wein: The Book of Genesis: The book of — and for — mankind

Jeff Jacoby: Bigotry and the Muslim world

Charles Krauthammer: Lay off Easterbrook

Yossi Klein Halevi: Only the Naive or the Malicious Would Urge a Binational Israel

Andrew Silow-Carroll: When bad ideas happen to good writers

The Jewish Ethicist: Privacy vs. modesty

Mark Steyn: Linkage logarithms

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Know thy enemy

Wesley Pruden: A harsh new reality for the Middle East

Zev Chafets: How to be a Muslim moderate

Cal Thomas: Muzzling the wrong dog

Daniel Pipes and Asaf Romirowsky: Fulbright's Terrorist Tie

Jeff Jacoby: Palestinian terror, American blood

Mark Steyn: Palestinian death cult

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Seize the days

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

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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