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Nov. 16, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Pride is a mask for faults.   —   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.

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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tales of the world wild web
Battle of the Liebermans
By Binyamin L. Jolkovsky

It's not every day that a parochial school teacher receives e-mail from a presidential candidate's brother-in-law attempting to do damage control. Then again, it's not every day that both the politician and his critic not only share the same names, but their wives do as well.


outlook
Making sense of a
father's ultimate test

By Rabbi Hillel Goldberg


What, precisely, was Abraham's test, in its fullest sense? Without knowing this, "the binding of Isaac" has no meaning for us besides inspiration. If the only message here is that Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son, then the passage says little to us.

first person
Exhibiting courage
By Victor J. Wishna

Before this year, I had never thought of Veterans Day as a Jewish holiday.

[ 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 ... Peace accord (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
Chip Bok
John Cole
Ed Gamble
Wayne Stayskal
Bob Gorrell
Jonathan Brown
John Deering

(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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The Tech Maven by Mark A. Kellner: Stopping "Phishers" From Scamming You

Lori Borgman: Safety first, even when danger has passed

Oldest worker in America' leads a growing trend

Consumers should make the most of their temporary power over long-distance providers

Scrapbookers traveling to spend a few days with fellow enthusiasts

Dr. Peter Gott: Should docs report test results?; free calcium supplements

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' wisdom

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David Limbaugh: A Marshall Plan for our DNA

On media by Bill Steigerwald: Two stories examine Wal-Mart's domination

Lloyd Garver: The ulterior motive behind changes in those airline passenger meals

Tom Purcell: Hang in there, tubby America, your day in the sun will come

Dan Abrams: What happens when jurors leave their common sense at the door?

Eric Mink: A grand act of nature brings out the best in New York: Its people

Kathleen Parker: Flynt found his moral compass, sorta

The Medicine Men: Mosquitoes kill us; DDT doesn't

Diana West: A tale of two rock 'n' rolls

Joel Mowbray: Is Homosexual High breeding a gay crime syndicate?

Joe Scarborough: Why Lynch can't have it both ways

Charles Krauthammer: "Master and Commander": Success On the High Seas

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!


JAY LENO TO HOST NATION'S FIRST PRIMARY
New Hampshire 'furious'
  —  Andy Borowitz

Ryan Lizza: A turf/power war is being waged between Deaniacs and Clintonites to decide who will control the future of the Democratic Party

Jay D. Homnick: Mulling (And Culling) The Democratic Field

Leonard Pitts, Jr: So al-Qaida is simply a Muslim John Brown or Francis Marion, huh?

Jeff Jacoby: In Reagan's footsteps (GREAT!)

Jonah Goldberg: Youth debate fail to 'keep it real'

Mona Charen: Jessica Lynch: Modern Myth

Anne Coulter: Remove Dennis Kucinich's feeding tube!

Thomas Sowell: Free-lunch medicine, Part II



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Jonathan Tobin: When Some Money Talks, Don't Listen

Ask Wendy: Invite obnoxious commie grandparents to bar mitzvah?; struggling student who is musician or the opposite?

Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder: What's a nice Jewish boy doing in a place like this?

Libby Lazewnik: Covering for his twin

Cal Thomas: The ‘Arab Street's’ concept of freedom

Wesley Pruden: Our Saudi friends get a lesson

Jonathan Tobin: No Tribal Solidarity

Melanie Phillips: The chosen person

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

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

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Know thy enemy

Cal Thomas: Muzzling the wrong dog

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

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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