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Dec. 28, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Wisdom is to the soul what food is to the body.   —   ibn-Ezra

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


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The triumph of Chanukah
By Jeff Jacoby

Contrary to the common misconception, Chanukah isn't about political power. It isn't about military victory. It isn't even about freedom of worship, notwithstanding the fact that the revolt of the Maccabees marks the first time in history that a people rose up to fight religious persecution.

Jewish or Christian, this is one article that will enhance your sense of perspective.


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Listen while you surf! Jewish superstars, "bubble gum bands," and other genres — in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Even a dramatized version of the Chanukah story. DJ-ed by New York radio personality Nachum Segal. Three hours. (Must have Real player)




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

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One Big Happy
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Doug Marlette
Cox & Forkum
Steve Kelley
Jake Fuller
Jeff Koterba
Jeff Stahler
J.D. Crowe
Chuck Asay

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NextSteps: Elder matters: How the government bilks seniors

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An eye for an eye: Ocularist turns prosthetic eye into a work of art

Dr. Peter Gott: A children's story: Does it reflect medical care?; remedy for arthritis?

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' wisdom

Consumer Reports on JWR: Don't believe these bogus fat-burning claims

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Wesley Pruden: Moving south on the sawdust trail

Greg Crosby: Road Thoughts

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Lloyd Garver: Your Checklist Of Football Cliches

Tom Purcell: Holiday Pork

The Medicine Men: Medicare Bankrupt: A Possible Palliative

On media by Bill Steigerwald: How is the magazine sector doing?

Jonathan Turley: U.S. soldiers lack best protective gear

Diana West: Do new games make us all losers?

Suzanne Fields: A little junk food for thought

Larry Elder: Confronted by a "radical socialist"

Jonathan Gurwitz: Credit America's momentum for change in Libya

Jonah Goldberg: Bush's strong foreign policy successful

Anne Coulter: When blue states attack

David Horowitz: Present From Progressives: Starvation

Mona Charen: End of year reflections

Charles Krauthammer: How is it possible to ignore the Iraqi war's most blindingly obvious collateral benefits?

George Will: Washington, Source of A Nation

Thomas Sowell: Profits without honor, Part III



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Previously:

Harry Langsam: When faith burned bright in the face of evil

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Lighting our way to the palace of the king

Daniel Pipes: Reading Sharon's mind

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

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

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

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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