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Jewish World Review
Dec. 8, 2002
Artscroll
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.   —   Leo Tolstoy

ABOUT JWR'S FUTURE

Not long ago, I found myself in the office of a corporate CEO. This fellow is known as a philanthropist, and I was trying for YEARS to meet with him.

After exchanging pleasantries, he became very serious. "If your own readers don't support you," he asked from behind his wide mahogany desk, "then why should I?"

Was the question insensitive? Obviously. But he had a point.

Unlike the CEO, there should be no reason for me to make a "pitch" to you about what JWR is --- and why it needs support.

We defend the values YOU hold dear and do so with elegance and eloquence.

And yet and yet, we need more and more of our readers to care -- that means you, all of you -- that we have the resources to keep on keeping on. (I'm SINCERELY grateful to those who have contributed!)

For those who aren't aware, JWR is not some multi-million dollar company. It is still a one-man-show run out of a Brooklyn basement.

To be blunt: We need your help and we need it now.

As much as I like to think positively -- it's my nature -- there comes a time when reality sets in. After discussing JWR's situation with "experts," we decided on a few possible scenarios. Here they are. We could

1) reduce our publishing schedule to twice or three times weekly.

2) become a subscription-only service with a semi-annual charge

3) offer free and "premium" tracks, which would require a fee

4) spruce up our advertising by adding pop-ups. (They are annoying, but they pay well.)

I would like things to stay the way they are, but without funding it's an impossibility.

What we have NO intention of doing is folding. We know the impact we are having in the cultural debate. And, then, there all of those warm letters we receive.

I am NOT asking you to stop reading if you can't make a donation. But I AM reassuring you that you need not be embarrassed if you can only give a small amount.

Whatever the amount, it will be greatly appreciated. At this point, ANYTHING, and I do mean ANYTHING, is better than nothing. Let's not be forced to change how JWR is run.

I've quoted the CEO. Now, let me quote a reader, James Graper: "Should I trust you with my mind but not my money?"

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outlook
Chanukah: The right
to be ourselves

By Rabbi Y. Y. Rubinstein

Very often I come across young Jews who come from non-religious backgrounds, who have gone on in their own lives, to keep all the laws and traditions that the Jews of Chanukah fought for. And because of that, both family and friends feel upset and rejected.



shticks and groans
Gifts You Won't Find Elsewhere
By Gary Rosenblatt

Chanukah is almost over but, hey, isn't that the best time for holiday gift bargains for specialized games, books and videos? For the Jew who has everything ...



reality check
Our 'lunatics' and theirs
By Mark Goldblatt

Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) -- and, we are told, a regular JWR reader -- is, as usual, miffed. This time, it's about statements made by two evangelical leaders. Time for a reality check, Mr. Hooper.



eat, eat!
Chanukah favorites from young Jewish culinary entrepreneurs
By Ethel G. Hofman

It used to be many a Jewish parent's dearest wish that his or her offspring would grow up to be a doctor or lawyer. In the 21st century, that's no longer true. Celebrity chefs have boosted the culinary profession to incredible new heights.






[ D A I L Y  I N S P I R A T I O N ]

It's Not As Tough As You Think: How to smooth out life's bumps (NEW SERIES. YOU'LL ENJOY IT!)
If you only knew more, you might not be so frustrated





[ L I F E S T Y L E S ]

Mark Kellner: On computers: Digital Nikon camera a winner, at a price

Dr. Robert A. Wascher's health report: Tamoxifen & Carotid Artery Wall Thickness; Coffee & Gallstones?; Irritable Bowel Syndrome Update; Statins: More Good News

Aromatherapy, lights soothe dement

Research examines robot-assisted therapy

Consumer Reports on JWR: A twist on the best corkscrews

Dr. Peter Gott: VapoRub for nail fungus; torticollis; diseases other than amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that can cause fasciculations?



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Seth Gitell: Gore, like Dicken's Jacob Marley, Dead as a Door-nail

Bill Steigerwald: On media: Giving credit to young philanthropists

Art Buchwald: Pre-nursery is rough

Jeff Kramer: The specter of mass shipboard vomiting doesn't have to ruin the good times

Lori Borgman: Radio show guarantees family-size audience

Barry Lank: Drunk youngins and other tales of today's toys

Tom Purcell: In DC, snowstorms have important ramifications --- or, at least, they should

Jerry Nachman: The newest installment in reality TV: But what if your dream guy turns out to be... poor?

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!


HOSING SECTOR REMAINS STRONG
Record number of investors hosed in 2002   —  Andy Borowitz

Bill Schneider: Hispanic voting surprises

Jack Kelly: Curing our democracy of afflictions

The Medicine Men: Conscience of a former conservative: Portrait of a political metamorphosis (INTERESTING READ!)

Michael Long: Federal Spending: Look At It This Way and weep

Michelle Malkin: Flying high on the public's dime

Capital Comment: Daily news notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world

Joel Mowbray: Saudi Spin doctors dodge U.S. marshals (OUTRAGEOUS!)

Tresa McBee: Golfing with gals

Leonard Pitts, Jr.: After affirmative action, what next?

Debra J. Saunders: Food fight in tofu-land

Suzanne Fields: 'White guilt' and affirmative action (EXCELLENT!)

Ann Coulter: Media support citizenship awards for Central Park rapists





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Mallard Filmore

Lurie's World

John Deering

David Cox

Wayne Stayskal

Jeff Koterba

(Att. working columnists and editorial cartoonists: Think you have what it takes to be featured on JWR? Drop us a note. And readers: We're always open for suggestions!)


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Menorah courtesy of
Project Genesis

Previously:

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: A powerful voice for faith

Rabbi Y. Y. Rubinstein: Chanukah: The right to be ourselves

Joshua Brilliant: Sharon agrees to Palestinian state




Mark Goldblatt: Our 'lunatics' and theirs

Ethel G. Hofman: Chanukah favorites from young Jewish culinary entrepreneurs

Marisa N. Pickar: Let the light of spiritual wisdom shine



Dennis Prager: Morally neutral reporting is dishonest reporting

Paul Wieder: Chanukah, classical and pops

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Chanukah and the dynamics of dispute




Chezi Goldberg: 261 dead

Rabbi Yisrael Rutman: 8 Surprising Lessons from the Laws of Chanukah

Jonathan Tobin: Out of the mouths of the 'ignorant'

Dennis Prager: A Jew defends evangelical Christians

Y. Levy: Kosher industry adapts to younger consumers

Bill Bennett, Jack Kemp, and Jeane Kirkpatrick: Twenty Facts about Israel and the Middle East (IMPORTANT!)

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