Concerned and caring JWR reader:
A week ago, I was asked as a close friend of JWR's Editor, Binyamin Jolkovsky, to send out a note (available HERE) updating the site's readers about his health and JWR's future.
In it, I explained that Binyamin suffered a trauma which is requiring him to undergo rehab a few hours at a shot. And without help, he will no longer be able to continue publishing regularly. (Many can't believe JWR's entire operations was run by one person).
Links were included to a secure server page where readers could express their kindness. By doing so they'd also send a message that they appreciate Binyamin and JWR.
What, then, can I not do?
I've been in touch with Binyamin over the last week. He's recuperating but anxious to know how the appeal has been going. JWR has been his calling for the last decade-and-a-half; that's more than a third of his life.
I've avoided answering.
Every month JWR reaches hundreds of thousands of people. It inspires. It informs. It impacts lives. And, in turn, those impacted impact others.
Yet in Binyamin's time of need, of those hundreds of thousands of people, only a few hundred responded.
Yes, that's all. Really!
Those who did are truly praiseworthy!
And those who have yet to?
As it was the summer, it's very possible they never saw the letter. It could also be that they don't understand the severity of the situation.
There's been a lot of talk of late about the "1%".
Maligned, the "1%" are the individuals who pay for a good chunk of what makes the country operate. Countries can survive on 1%. Websites cannot. Binyamin needs our help now. Help him make sure JWR continues to be there for you.
I recently came across a profile that United Press International (UPI) did on JWR and Binyamin. It's a decade old but well worth the read.
One comment, from nationally syndicated radio host and columnist Dennis Prager, is particularly worthy of highlighting. Says Mr. Prager:
"It's so sad. It's absolutely a shame . . . Jolkovsky is an unsung hero. No, wait -- he's an unfinanced hero. That's worse than unsung. I have told him that he should ask people for $2 a month, and he'll be flying high. It is not a good thing that people are used to getting everything on the Internet for free. Push is going to come to shove at some point, and if somebody doesn't think it's worth $2 to get all of that stuff, then there's something wrong with their value system. ..."
Well, fellow friends, it's taken a decade. But push has finally come to shove. Though certainly not in the way Mr. Prager could have ever anticipated.
You can indeed donate $2 (or more) a month by clicking here.
Or clicking here to make a one-time tax-deductible donation via the secure donation page.
More comfortable DONATING VIA CONVENTIONAL MAIL? You can mail a tax-deductible donation to the sponsoring organization at:
Keren Yehoshua V'Yisroel/JWR
Tax ID: 22-3209160
(Please note on the "memo line" of your check it is for the Internet educational project.)
JWR means so much to so many, including yourself.
Let's transform those feelings into action. I want to be able to go to Binyamin and say: "Everything's OK. Really."
I want to be able to go to Binyamin and say: "Everything's OK. Really."