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Nov. 18, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
To lose courage is worse than to lose an army.   —   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


[ J E W I S H  L I V I N G ]

only in the middle east!
Culture of death? Palestinian girl's murder highlights growing number of ‘honor killings’
By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Killing her sixth-born child took 20 minutes. "She killed me before I killed her," says the 43-year-old mother of nine. "I had to protect my children. This is the only way I could protect my family's honor."

kochavim/stargazing
The next celeb governor? Author-humorist Kinky Friedman ponders politics
By Art Chapman

Kinky Friedman — novelist, humorist, essayist — thinks he might want to be the next governor of Texas. But he isn't announcing just yet.

[ 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 ... Old doesn't mean obsolete (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

Lurie's World
Cox & Forkum
Jake Fuller
Ed Gamble
Wayne Stayskal
Bob Gorrell
Gary Varvel
Chuck Asay
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.)

[ L I F E S T Y L E S ]

Can YOU stump the Wordsmiths?: "Hoosegow,''; why the little finger is called the "`pinkie''; difference between "lady'' and "dame''

Fear, misunderstanding of privacy law compromise medical care

As NAFTA turns 10, debate swirls over pact value for United States

Two children remember fathers' legacies 25 years after Jonestown

Dr. Ed Blonz: Health threats of spinach, olive oil, old macaroni

Consumer Reports on JWR: Computer upgrades: satisfying the need for speed

[ I N S I G H T ]

Michael Graham: Don't bother (OUTRAGEOUS!)

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Clay Aiken neuters PETA?; THEM'S FIGHTIN' WORDS!; a mural for Joe; more

The JWR Interview by Bill Steigerwald: Exposer of the idiocy of bureaucracy and the threat to individual freedom posed by government Ten minutes with author James Bovard

David Grimes: Danger: TVs falling from above

Lou Dobbs: European Union is playing a dangerous game

Leonard Pitts, Jr.: More convenience for really time-challenged choosy mothers

Jane Eisner: Viewing fat as the new alcohol

Peter A. Brown: U.N. oversight of Internet: Dumb idea

Debra J. Saunders: Governor/action hero/Mr. Nice Guy

Roger Simon: Who let the dogs out?

Bill Tammeus: Remembering an era as it ends

John C. Bersia: U.S. now has right view on China

Tony Snow: Why the fight over judges matters

Nat Hentoff: Janice R. Brown: Too independent for Dems

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!


U.K. POLICE GEAR UP FOR PEACE PROTESTER TERROR
Guard: Little is more terrifying than mobs of people eager for 'world peace'
  —  ScrappleFace

David Limbaugh: Hijacking the judicial appointment power

Clarence Page: Soccer moms vs. NASCAR dads

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Terror-tied (IMPORTANT II!)

Cal Thomas: JFK, plus 40

Thomas Sowell: Letters about medical care



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Binyamin L. Jolkovsky: Battle of the Liebermans

Jeff Dunetz: What type of world will my children live in?

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Making sense of a father's ultimate test

Victor J. Wishna: Exhibiting courage

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

Melanie Phillips: The chosen person

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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