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Nov. 5, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
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  —   Abigail Van Baren

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.

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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.

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outlook
Pro-choice Judaism
By Rabbi Avi Shafran

One would expect, considering their compassionate social agendas and track records championing the rights of the powerless, that the ADL and Hadassah would be the very last groups to promote the unfettered right to snuff out fetal life. Instead, the bigotry watchdog group and the Jewish women's organization both resolutely support not only such a right but even, apparently, the right to kill a child who is already born.

reality check
Israel isn't peaceful
By Jonah Goldberg

According to a poll conducted by the European Union, a majority of Europeans see Israel as the chief threat to world peace. And, in a sense, they're right.

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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... Be fair. Don't compare (NEW SERIES; TRY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT!)

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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore

Lurie's World
Wayne Stayskal
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J.D. Crowe
Jake Fuller
Ed Gamble
Jeff Koterba
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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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Glad You Asked by Jeff Elder: Decoding the laws of buoyancy; What actually happens when you crack your knuckles?; origin of the expression "three sheets to the wind; more

FDA oversight of 'off-label' drug use wanes as prescriptions rise

Barter becoming crucial to more businesses

Bruce Williams on JWR: My siblings shanghaied my Mom's will; bought car at one rate — then they upped it; more

Dr. Peter Gott: More on the 'no flour, no sugar' diet; water won't leave ear

Everyday Cheapskate: Are you too cheap?

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Michelle Malkin: Starvation nation

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Will Harvey Weinstein and Gregg Easterbrook now be pals?; crazed Quentin; more

Media Person: Tina "Ms. Buzz" Brown is Baaaack!

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Amity Shlaes: Never, Never will we Desist (GREAT!)

Nat Hentoff: Should Terri Schiavo stay alive? A legal answer

Kathleen Parker: Courting Bubba with bumper sticker rhetoric is lost cause

Michael Graham: Going down in Dixie, Dem-style!

Debra J. Saunders: Fighting the fire

Linda Chavez: The Reagans — the real Reagans

Paul Greenberg: MEMO TO THE GENERAL

Marianne M. Jennings: The painful task of think tanks — thinking

Tony Blankley: Mayor Mike's appetite for self-destructive accusations

Walter Williams: Commerce Clause abuse

Thomas Sowell: "Living wage" kills jobs


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Previously:

Susan Lerner: Kosher foods gaining weight

Afshin Molavi & Karim Sadjadpour: Is Iran rethinking its position on Israel?

Diana West: Stop insulting Judaism and Christianity, Mr. President

Joel Mowbray: Paying our enemies to kill us

Rabbi Berel Wein: There is no greater waste than a wasted tragedy

Jonathan Tobin: Who Lost the Campus?

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!)

Mark Steyn: Muslim paranoia: Enemies made us impotent!

Jordan Max: The Prime Minister of Malaysia was right!

Daniel Pipes: Deadly denial

Jeff Jacoby: Bigotry and the Muslim world

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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