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Jewish World Review
Dec. 16, 2002
Artscroll
Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.
  —   Erica Jong

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?"

Donations are tax deductible.

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In gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
Editor in Chief




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reality check
An end to the deception
By Jonathan Tobin

Elliot Abrams' appointment to be the National Security Council's director for Near East and South Asian Affairs should serve as a warning to both America's feckless European and Arab allies and the U.S. State Department -- which has behaved at times as if it disapproved of Bush's policies -- that the President means business.

But even as the United States was turning even further away from the foolhardy appeasement of terrorists that Oslo represented, another story revealed this week in Israel should really put a stake in the heart of the peace-process vampire.



l'chaim!
Everything's Relative
By Jordan "Gorf" Gorfinkel

The latest installment of the Jewish Gen-X strip with ecumenical appeal. Online exclusively at JWR.





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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!)
Judge favorably --- and act accordingly





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He's seeking the cause of Parkinson's

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Bruce Williams on JWR: Who pays for funerals?; the pros and cons regarding reverse mortgages



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Brendan I. Koerner: As the Whorl Turns: Long the Difference Between Guilt and Innocence, Fingerprints Themselves Are on Trial

PunditWatch: Lott jury and flogging post (Highlights of the Sunday shows)

Greg Crosby: Stream of Consciousness All Over The Place

Steve B. Young: Apologies running rampant: The country is in a sorry state

Argus Hamilton's political zingers! (SUPER-SIZED!)


COALITION FORMS TO STOP HUGH GRANT
Cameroon leads U.N. fight to ban no-longer-appealing actor   —  Andy Borowitz

Jack Kelly: Debunker mentality: It's hard work not seeing ties between Iraq and al-Qaida

David Limbaugh: The Last Jihad (MUST-READ!)

Michael Ledeen: Scud Surrender: The "W" factor

Joanne Jacobs: Chocolate city?

MUGGER: King Bob Approximately

Norah Vincent: It's Not Paranoia: Be Very Afraid (EXCELLENT!)

Debra J. Saunders: Bezerkley or Psycho?

Diana West: The pre-emptive war goes Hollywood

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

John Leo: Social victims enjoy unusually creative year (STELLAR!)

Jeff Jacoby: Yes, Virginia, there is (still) a liberal media bias

Suzanne Fields: Sex, lies and a prime minister's wife

George Will: A retrospective on disarmament

Bill O'Reilly: The Houston lesson

Thomas Sowell: Random thoughts





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Mallard Filmore

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Wayne Stayskal

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