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Dec. 24, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
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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.

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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!

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This note is getting long, so I will end.

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outlook
Lighting our way to
the palace of the king

By Rabbi Yonason Goldson


Today, 2,168 years after the Chanukah story, we too live in an age when the loudest and most persistent voices in our surrounding culture cry out to expunge every mention of the divine, to condemn every moral judgment, to sanctify every perversion in the name of "tolerance." We live in an era of unprecedented material comfort and convenience, tranquilizing our bodies and our minds so that we can easily stifle the yearning of our souls.


reality check
Reading Sharon's mind
By Daniel Pipes

In a much-noted speech last week, Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ostensibly made a dramatic reversal in course. But I am wondering whether to take his shift at face value.


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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... Put your mask on first

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One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore

Cox & Forkum
Doug Marlette
Steve Kelley
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Ed Gamble
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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.)

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Dr. Robert A. Wascher's health report: Update on benign enlargement of the prostate; effects of discontinuation of hrt following the diagnosis of breast cancer

Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Special cable navigates USB, parallel ports; more on restoring backed-up files on CDs; getting rid of the Google tool bar

Asthma can be tamed, and it's no mystery

Hospitals alter equipment, rooms to cope with rise in obesity

Lawyers willing to defend Saddam won't be hard to find

Dr. Ed Blonz: Exercise cramps? No sweat

Everyday Cheapskate: Last-minute gift ideas

Consumer Reports on JWR: Sanders that make it to the smooth finish line

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Mark Steyn: Spates of denial

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Lenore Skenazy: Hey, world, do you sing what I sing?

Ian Shoales: McLattes


HILLARY FORMS 2004 PRESIDENTIAL 'IGNORATORY COMMITTEE'
Slogan: "Clinton for Prez in 2004? Fugget-About-It!"
  —  ScrappleFace

Ron Rosenbaum: As Went Alf Landon, So Did McGovern— But How About Dean? (THOUGHT PROVOKING!)

Debra Saunders: Free the pusher

Joe Scarborough: When you take down one bully on the block, others will take notice

David Limbaugh: Anti-Dean ad revealing

Stratfor Intelligence Brief by George Friedman: The capture of Saddam and the dollar war

Stanley Crouch: GOPers are clueless in making the most of issues that will draw black voters

Jerry Della Femina: Att. Dean, don't worry, Americans have short memories

Peter A. Brown: UN proves yet again it's dangerously misguided

Bill Tammeus: Next we must figure out Iran

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr: Moammar's makeover

Cal Thomas: Bush on a roll

Thomas Sowell: Profits without honor



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Previously:

Ethel G. Hofman: Beyond the love of latkes

Zev Chafets: What Sharon knows about talking dogs

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: What is a spiritual high?

Rabbi Daniel Cohen: What is the ultimate gift we can give our children on Chanukah?

Joseph Aaron: Saddam, the Divine's messenger

Jonathan Tobin: He's No Angel

Elliot B. Gertel: ‘Joan of Arcadia’: The latest TV show to cheapen — and abuse — religion

Ask Wendy: Standing on principal — alone?; part-time lie?; "family first" — but whose?

George Will: Lessons From Nuremberg

Lou Marano: 'Blessing of a Broken Heart' (INSPIRING!)

Steven Plaut: Saddam's JFK Moment

Jeff Shields: Push continues to rectify Nazi-era looting of a 'Gold Train'

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

Libby Lazewnik: Front Page News

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

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

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

Evan Gahr: One less fellow traveler. ‘God Squad’ rabbi bolts queer Alliance. Is ‘Lieberman's rabbi’ next?

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

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

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

Jonah Goldberg: Israel isn't peaceful

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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