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Dec. 10, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
A country's prosperity can be seen simply in how it treats its elderly.
  —   Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

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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Binyamin L. Jolkovsky,
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The Jewish Ethicist
By By Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir


Q: Can I scheme to take advantage of a free offer?


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Front Page News
By Libby Lazewnik

A character-building story about being righteous at other folks' expense penned by a highly acclaimed juvenile fiction author.

The last tale we ran by this author generated a HUGE response of mail — from adults. If you enjoy this type of offering, PLEASE let us know so we will continue.


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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... Great expectations

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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore

Cox & Forkum
Doug Marlette (BRILLIANT!)
Steve Kelley
Gary Varvel
Jake Fuller
Chip Bok
J.D. Crowe
Joe Heller
Bob Gorrell
Michael Ramirez (VERY CLEVER!)

(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.)

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NextSteps: Elder matters: Parents' trustee choice a hidden blessing

Banks to unveil plan offering mortgage loans to illegal immigrants

Few consumers have moved home numbers to cell phones

Experts debating future of IT careers

Dr. Peter Gott: Low blood pressure consequences; curing diverticulitis

Everyday Cheapskate: The amount that will make you happy

Bruce Williams on JWR: Disclosure before deferral; quitclaim deed; ending HH Bonds

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Mark Steyn: Rummy speaks the truth, not gobbledygook

Jane R. Eisner: Entice men into volunteer work

Ian Shoales: Bad Cat

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Dan Abrams: Why the accused in "Central Park jogger" case aren't falsely accused angels

The Lowdown by Lloyd Grove: Man & wife, interruptus; pepperoni has feelings, too; more

Ann Huggett: Big Brother wants your Internet

Nat Hentoff: The shame of the American Library Association

Michelle Malkin: Lee Malvo, Muslim hatemonger

Bill Tammeus: Connections echo through our lives


TIME WARNER INTERNET PHONE SERVICE TO FEATURE ADS
Spokesman: The public will pay to be abused
  —  ScrappleFace

Tony Blankley: Until peace is ready to be negotiated

Jack Kelly: Gore acting on principle?

Kathleen Parker: Howard Dean's search for the south's poor 'n' oppressed

Dick Morris: Why Gore's backing Dean

Joe Scarborough: By embracing Howard Dean, Al Gore has put a radical face on mainstream Democratic politics

MUGGER: Kerry's Last Stand: Coming to you live from New Hampshire

Linda Chavez: Has Al Gore has lost his mooring?

Jonah Goldberg: Gore's endorsement shows changing motives

Walter Williams: Let's do some detective work

Thomas Sowell: The Wright stuff



Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Daniel Pipes: Do Jews Have a Future in Europe?

Paul Wieder: Get the ribbons, it's the Chanukah wrap-up!

Jeff Jacoby: Lieberman vs. Lieberman on religion

Jeff Dunetz: The Secaucus Peace Plan: Making Peace ... the Colin Powell Way

Suzanne Fields: An ancient contagion thrives

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Can a single word make a difference?

Rod Dreher: What the Alliance for Marriage heads and board members either don't know or don't want you to know

Jeff Jacoby: Geneva: A blueprint for war, not peace

Jonathan Tobin: A False Peace

Evan Gahr: Queer allies: The little-noticed alliance between gay marriage opponents and alleged terrorist sympathizers (HALL OF SHAME!)

Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder: The sorry tale of George Soros

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

Chris Leppek: Synagogue takes a holy hike — literally

Daniel Pipes: Identifying Muslim Moderates

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!

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!)

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