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Nov. 11, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Don't uproot a garden because of thorns.   —   Jewish saying

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.

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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reality check
The ‘Arab Street's’
concept of freedom

By Cal Thomas

The president asserted that Islam "is consistent with democratic rule," and he listed as examples several states where non-radical Muslims live (Turkey, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Indonesia and Niger). These states are not a threat to the United States. The threat comes from states dominated by extremist Muslim militants, especially the Wahhabi brand. To draw a comparison between atheistic communism and radical Islam and to suggest that what happened to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe can be replicated in the Middle East is dangerous.

the war on terror
Our Saudi friends get a lesson
By Wesley Pruden

Neither Jewish ethics nor Christian morality requires anyone to reprise in paraphrase that famous headline in Paris on September 12 to say that "we are all Arabs and Muslims now." This would no doubt insult the Arabs, anyway, and much of the rest of the Islamic world. The Arab anger and Muslim consternation in the wake of the terrorist rage in Riyadh was expended not as an expression of common humanity, it is important to note, but in narrow ethnic and religious terms: How could Muslim terrorists have slain brother and sister Muslims? This is hardly the stuff of solidarity.

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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... If it's love, why is it so tough? (NEW SERIES; TRY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT!)

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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore

Cox & Forkum
Steve Kelley
J.D. Crowe
Bob Gorrell
John Cole
Ed Gamble
Doug Marlette
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: How to be a Nielsen rater; Why did Charles Schulz name his comic strip "Peanuts"?; Was Chef Boy-ar-dee a real person?; Why are Georgetown University teams called the Hoyas?

Study: Heart patients' bone marrow cells improve pumping ability

Giving parents a hand: Sign language helps babies communicate

'Paul Revere' scientist suggests unusual asteroid warning system

Dr. Ed Blonz: Vitamin A's link to cancer; the differences between beef and fish

Everyday Cheapskate: Move over Starbucks: Coffee roasting at home

Consumer Reports on JWR: Speaking up about bookshelf speakers

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Jonathan Turley: The Black Tax: Of charlatans, crooks and victims and the reparations scam (OUTRAGEOUS!)

David Grimes: Songs that won't go away

Dave Shiflett: Dr. Snuff, I Presume? CNN's brave new world

Russell P. Friedman: Tuesday Morning at Eleven (MOVING!)

Dan Gillmor: Despite multitude of business scandals, there's reason to hope

Nat Hentoff: New hope for Terri Schiavo

Michael Medved: 'Reagans' flap: Conservative turning point?

Clarence Page: America's peculiar 'passing' fancy

Paul Greenberg: Will the recovery last? The 7.2% solution

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!


KERRY TAPS HAIRSTYLIST TO LEAD CAMPAIGN
Plans to reinvent campaign from hair down
  —  Andy Borowitz

David Limbaugh: Multilateralism 'til we're blue in the face

Peter A. Brown: Absent change, GOP trend continues

Roger Simon: Dr. Superman

James Lileks: Can a fellow win with the Confederate Metrosexual vote?

Tony Snow: We've got to rebuild human hearts — and persuade people that hope isn't just possible, but essential

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Trapping the Bush team

Steve Young: Pride more precious than lives?: Sean Hannity is the right man to reverse the maddening trend



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Jonathan Tobin: No Tribal Solidarity

Melanie Phillips: The chosen person

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Was Abraham a generalist or a specialist?

Judy Lash Balint: Remembering Rachel

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Lies (and the lazy dunces who put them on Page One)

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Pro-choice Judaism

Jonah Goldberg: Israel isn't peaceful

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

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

Jeff Jacoby: Palestinian terror, American blood

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!!)

Mark Steyn: Palestinian death cult

Cal Thomas : When terror drives policy

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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