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Oct. 29, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Life is a grindstone, whether it wears you down or polishes you up depends on what you're made of.   —   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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Graffiti On History's Walls
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At JewishWorldReview.com, we are not given to hyperbole. When we say that this article is one of the most important pieces to date on The New anti-Semitism, we mean it. If you care about Jewry or are simply a friend of Israel, read it — and then use the e-mail forwarding option. This should serve as a wake-up call!

people of the book
We can't live fully without books
By Bill Tammeus

From my earliest childhood, I have loved books. But I've never given much systematic thought to why they are so crucial to the kind of world most of us want to live in — one that values each human being, that frees people to reach their potential, that cares for the most vulnerable.

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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... An ounce of prevention (NEW SERIES; TRY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT!)

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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore

Lurie's World
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Ed Gamble
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Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Browser captor nasty bug that's tough to banish; establishing home computer networks; "SMART failures"

Research suggests pros of not using heart-lung machine

Program will use fingerprints, photos to track visa-carrying visitors

Republican Senators plan to hold hearings into postwar intelligence

Creative job seekers use gimmicks to stand out

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Michelle Malkin: Who's guarding our military equipment?

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Ah-nold, unauthorized!; a dilemma for Melissa Gilbert? not even Frank Gifford can help him now!; nobody wanted Elizabeth Hurley

David Grimes: A career of sensational regrets

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Amitai Etzioni: Vigilant public, press keep anti-terror efforts from going too far


FURIOUS STEINBRENNER SENDS YANKEES TO HELL
'Zero tolerance for losing,' owner says
  —  Andy Borowitz

Wesley Pruden: It's getting late for the rescue

Dick Morris: The activist primary

Laura Ingraham: The attack of the open border elites

Tony Blankley: A bloody march to peace (FANTASTIC!)

Linda Chavez: Nowhere to run

Kathleen Parker: Pursuing happiness is not only fun but necessary

Walter Williams: NO Excuses, Part II

Thomas Sowell: Spinning education


Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Mark Steyn: Muslim paranoia: Enemies made us impotent!

Jordan Max: The Prime Minister of Malaysia was right!

Jonathan Tobin: Should America blame itself for the Muslim world's hatred?

Daniel Pipes: Deadly denial

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson: The Mideast crisis can be solved by — Hollyweird?

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

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

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

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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