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Nov. 19, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Laughter is inner jogging.   —   Norman Cousins

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 ]

past & present
Holocaust survivors find answers to lifelong questions at reunion
By Shannon McMahon

After 65 years of searching for someone who knew about the deaths of her parents and sister, Leah Gutman found closure this month in the form of a complete stranger.

jewish jukebox
An ambitious new project surveys the American Jewish musical experience
By Paul Wieder


For things, there is the Smithsonian.

For words, the Library of Congress.

And for Jewish music, now there is the Milken Archive.

[ 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 ... What else is there?

[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore

Lurie's World
Cox & Forkum
Ed Gamble
J.D. Crowe
Wayne Stayskal
John Cole
Chip Bok

(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 ]

Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Clever trick speeds sending of group e-mail; getting rid of all temp files; problems adding new computer

Glad you asked! by Jeff Elder: Did Betsy Ross sew the first official American flag?; Do the 9 numbers in our Social Security number have special meaning? Will they run out of numbers or have to re-issue them?; more

WWII bugler believes vets deserve better than CD recording of taps

How to make transferring your conventional phone numbers to cells easier

College costs and scholarship scams

Dr. Peter Gott: Causes of feeling cold; "sciatica"

Everyday Cheapskate: Ways to combat rising energy costs

Bruce Williams on JWR: A capital problem; another title search?; are you limited to selling one main residence in your lifetime?

[ I N S I G H T ]

Wesley Pruden: London's gathering of the clang

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Scientologists on Razor's edge?; picking a winner?; source on a hot tin roof?; more

Neil Steinberg: Please help: I want to eat Black Beauty

Michelle Malkin: Terrorists with tofu breath

Rick Shefchik: Congrats, Dave — now marry the girl

Jack Kelly: All that stands between the Jews and another Holocaust is the United States of America

Tony Blankley: All of a sudden we have a responsible media?

Kathleen Parker: Jessica Lynch's story is about a girl, not a soldier

Marianne M. Jennings: LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE B TEAM!

Linda Chavez: Catching them in the act

Paul Greenberg: Vocabulary is all in the abortion debate

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!


MASS. COURT PROTECTS 'CONSENSUAL COMMERCE RELATIONS'
Justices: They are consenting adults, after all
  —  ScrappleFace

Walter Williams: Harm's a two way street

Cal Thomas: Marriage redefined

Thomas Sowell: Judges and judgment



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson: Culture of death? Palestinian girl's murder highlights growing number of ‘honor killings’

Art Chapman: The next celeb governor? Author-humorist Kinky Friedman ponders politics

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 Shimon Finkelman: The sage and his ‘special’ friend (INSPIRING!!)

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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