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Nov. 3, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Times don't change. Men do.   —   Sam Levenson

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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controversy!
Stop insulting Judaism and Christianity, Mr. President
By Diana West

It's high time to tell the truth about the adherents — and, more importantly, leaders — of the "great religion"

reality check
Paying our enemies to kill us
By Joel Mowbray

In the wake of three U.S. diplomats losing their lives in a terrorist attack on their convoy in the Gaza Strip, Secretary of State Colin Powell delivered powerful remarks, in which he condemned the "heinous acts" and pledged to bring "the murderers to justice."

Too bad the actions of his department fail to live up to his lofty rhetoric.

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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... Put responsibility in its place (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
David Cox
Chip Bok
Chuck Asay
Jeff Koterba
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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Can YOU stump the wordsmiths?: Origin of "hypnosis"/"hypnotism"; "all right" or "alright"; emote

Evan Weiner: Baseball is an industry with serious problems

Prescribing drugs 'off-label' routine but can harm patients

Jessica Lynch to wed Army Sergeant after two-year romance

Sales of cloned cattle surging

Bruce Williams on JWR: Spouse's 'fraud' leads to bank woes; Is there some advantage of having a living trust?

Dr. Peter Gott: Medicine won't make up for unhealthful lifestyle

Everyday Cheapskate: Quick fixes: don't fret, cover it with chocolate

[ I N S I G H T ]

Jonathan Rauch: Bush Is No Cowboy. But If He Were, It Wouldn't Matter

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Dean's tell-all on himself?; Lisaraye vs. Mya?; the odd couple; no need to panic; just don't call him "Scooter"!; Rosie scenarios

Keith Olbermann: The science of pop-cultcha?

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Neil Cavuto: I can't "wait" to get back at you!

Suzanne Fields: 'What fools these mortals be?' (GREAT!)

Joanne Jacobs: Super Pay for Super Teachers?; ‘Failing’ Teachers; Dissect the Bunny; Yuck

Debra J. Saunders: Whither the special city?

John Leo: Many are called but few are chosen to receive Sheldon Award


KERRY BLAMES DEAN FOR IMPROVING ECONOMY
Latest bid to dethrone frontrunner
  —  Andy Borowitz

Anne Applebaum: Putin arrested Russia's richest man as a warning to the others

Jim Hoagland: Blair's political paradox

Bernadette Malone: Two cheers for loopy loudmouth Sharpton

Paul Greenberg: Rolling stone gathers moss (SMART!)

Bill O'Reilly: The truth about Bush

George Will: Too good to win


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Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Zev Chafets: Why won't the Prez stop using ‘fuzzy terrorism’ language?

Fred Tasker: U.S. film producers rewrite the script for Israeli wines

Mortimer B. Zuckerman: Graffiti On History's Walls (MUST-READ!)

Bill Tammeus: We can't live fully without books

Mark Steyn: Muslim paranoia: Enemies made us impotent!

Jordan Max: The Prime Minister of Malaysia was right!

Daniel Pipes: Deadly denial

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

Jeff Jacoby: Bigotry and the Muslim world

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

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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