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Dec. 2, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
While we pursue happiness, we flee contentment.   —   Chassidic 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.

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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.

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[ J E W I S H  L I V I N G ]

expose!
Queer allies
By Evan Gahr

The little-noticed alliance between gay marriage opponents and alleged terrorist sympathizers.

What were these people thinking?


controversy!
The sorry tale of George Soros
By Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder

The jester and the advocate don't take kindly to self-hating Jews

[ 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 ... She thinks I'm real!

[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore

Cox & Forkum
Doug Marlette
Wayne Stayskal
Jake Fuller
Gary Varvel
Ed Gamble
David Cox
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?: "Karats'' and "carats'' — meaning of and difference between; why apostrophe in "'cello''?; "hell-bent for leather''

Man who weighed 675 pounds recovering with help from others

In Washington and North Carolina, flight fanatics prepare to party

Dr. Ed Blonz: The fat is in the fire

Everyday Cheapskate: The cold war

Consumer Reports on JWR: Toys that activate and engage kids

[ I N S I G H T ]

Mark Steyn: War on terror can't stop with Iraq

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Curb your anti-Semitism?; fame fatigue?; bowing to pressure?; more

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Paul Greenberg: Fellow feeling

Leonard Pitts, Jr: Ah, the many joys of computer ownership

Lou Dobbs: Broken borders pose a serious health risk

Steve Young: Will Nike Soon Be Scouting In Elementary School? In Utero?

Nat Hentoff: The invisible Supreme Court

Michael Ledeen: Managing Iraq: We can't continue this way (SPOT ON!)

Clarence Page: Medicare reform: A real turkey of a package

Jack Kelly: Doing the right thing is often the shrewdest political move

Debra J. Saunders: Stop GOP "spending" spree

David Limbaugh: The competing Bush haters

Wesley Pruden: Hating George Bush, and loving it

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: A 'sometime thing'?

Cal Thomas: Christians keeping Christmas?

Thomas Sowell: The high costs of busybodies



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Jonathan Tobin: Let's Make Believe

Diana West: Silence of the watchdogs

Larry Elder: What you need to know about the 'religion of peace'

Larry Elder: What you need to know about the 'religion of peace', Part II

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Does order in the Torah make a difference?

Charles Krauthammer: Geneva sellout

Chris Leppek: Synagogue takes a holy hike — literally

Michael Freund: Sharon's Premature Evacuation

Barbara Amiel: Muslims have just as much to fear from militant Islam

Daniel Pipes: Identifying Muslim Moderates

Rabbi Dov Fischer: Michael Jackson and us

Shannon McMahon: Holocaust survivors find answers to lifelong questions at reunion

Paul Wieder: An ambitious new project surveys the American Jewish musical experience

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

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

Binyamin L. Jolkovsky: Battle of the Liebermans

Victor J. Wishna: Exhibiting courage

Cal Thomas: The ‘Arab Street's’ concept of freedom

Jonah Goldberg: Israel isn't peaceful

Susan Lerner: Kosher foods gaining weight

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!

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Know thy enemy

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!)

The Weekly Standard





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