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Jewish World Review
Dec. 5, 2002
The past we choose to remember may be the best reflection of any present.   —   Paul Greenberg


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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In gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
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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.

Sharon agrees to Palestinian state
By Joshua Brilliant

Ariel Sharon has accepted in principle the U.S. roadmap for Israeli-Arab peace that envisages the creation of an independent Palestinian state within a few years.

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.

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It's Not As Tough As You Think: How to smooth out life's bumps (NEW SERIES. YOU'LL ENJOY IT!)
Where do the check-marks go?

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Marty Nemko: Career matters: Men as Beasts of Burden (CONTROVERSIAL!)

Canada gun control under fire after auditing

New heart rate therapy proves better

New scan IDs aggressive prostate tumors

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?

[ I N S I G H T ]

David Warren: A farce

Richard Lederer: On language: English for -- make that "by" -- foreigners (FUN!)

Lenore Skenazy: Hey, boss! Can you hear me now?

Media Person: Mathers of importance

Joe Bob Briggs: Draft insanity (GREAT!)

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

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Record number of investors hosed in 2002   —  Andy Borowitz

Jimmie "J.J." Walker: Moral Glaucoma (FANTASTIC!)

Zev Chafets: Kissinger's Saudi pals litter 9/11 money trail

David R. Kotok: Five easing pieces

Tony Snow: I'm a commander in the right wing coup

Robert Tracinski: Red-tape conservationists (SPOT-ON!)

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

Marianne M. Jennings: Amazing Grace that saved me from my CO2 emissions

George Will: Signs of 2004 in South Carolina

Larry Elder: MURDER in L.A. (GUTSY!)

Jonah Goldberg: Kerry reminiscent of Gore, Clinton

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

Jack Higgins

Gary Varvel

Bob Gorrell

Johnathan Brown

Wayne Stayskal

(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


Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: A powerful voice for faith

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'

Lori Borgman: High-seas adventure would enlist few takers today

Rabbi Benjamin Blech: Hanukkah by the Light of the Moon

Jeff Jacoby: Light's victory over darkness

Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder: The Jews are their own worst enemy

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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