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Feb. 9, 2004
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
The Creator punishes, men take revenge   —   Jewish 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.

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.

To give electronically, please click HERE.

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


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reality check
The Bones of Our Dead
By Jonathan Tobin


The value of human life is at the crux of the Middle East conflict


on law
Californian wants Bibles in schools for academic study
By Vincent J. Schodolski

A drive to have state provide a Bible to every public primary school student and suggest the books be used as texts for the study of literature.




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"Kindness: Changing people's lives for the better" by internationally renowned author and lecturer Rabbi Zelig Pliskin (BRAND NEW SERIES!) Today's installment ... What kind of person are you?


[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore


Cox & Forkum
Jake Fuller
Kirk Walters
Jeff Stahler
Jeff Koterba
Wayne Stayskal
J.D. Crowe
Steve Kelley
John Cole
Chuck Asay
Ed Gamble
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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Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Path to default documents too obvious to find; using Yahoo with Word attachments does not transmit in format; uninstalling older version of DVD-burning software via Add/Remove Programs Control Panel won't work

Park ranger takes a new look at Valley Forge winter

Short children pinning hopes for growth on synthetic hormone

Everyday Cheapskate: Sweets for your sweetie

Dr. Peter Gott: More compelling home remedies

Bruce Williams on JWR: Online bookings can sink a cruise; ISO a good tax shelter; when borrowing makes sense and a time when it doesn't

[ I N S I G H T ]

Jeff Jacoby: An Auschwitz in Korea

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Paul Greenberg: The stalker called ALS

Mitch Albom: Beatlemania still resonates

Joanne Jacobs: The Limits of Discovery Learning; science lite; not just a buzzword; fish, unfried

Jennifer Grossman: Fat fashion show no show

John Leo: Campus censors in retreat

Debra J. Saunders: The wrong man


RALPH NADER CONSIDERS WRECKING 2004 ELECTION
But prominent crackpots are cool to bid
  —  Andy Borowitz

Suzanne Fields: Is there a doctor in the (White) House?

Jack Kelly: An 'undistinguished' Senator's 30 years- old credentials

Michael Barone: But what would Kerry do?

Zev Chafets: Twilight of the Kennedys: Kerry reduces Teddy and his once-mighty clan to political supporting roles

Neil Cavuto: Sign it, send it, be done with it!

Jay D. Homnick: Bush's full courting of Meet the Press (and other tales of Kay's treat)

Bill O'Reilly: American culture exposed

George Will: For Bush, it's game time



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Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Is the supernatural still evident?

Judy Gruen: Tu B'Shvat: More Than Just 'Jewish Earth Day'

The Jewish Ethicist: Q: Should I tell a business owner that a job applicant has a criminal record?

Jonathan Rosenblum:Mikey's song (INSPIRING!)

Steve Young: Jewish War Veterans: A Wee Bit Slower But Still Fighting The Good Fight

Ethel G. Hofman: Thai made easy

Daniel Pipes: Hizbullah's Victory, Israel's Decline

Jeff Dunetz: Groundhogs and human rodents

Suzanne Fields: Amnesia marks a grim anniversary

Daniel Pipes & Asaf Romirowsky: Hamas in the classroom: A response

'Hamas U' goes into damage control mode:

Omer Bartov: Did Hitlerism die with Hitler? (MUST READ!)

Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo: 'Not yet' Jews by choice

Mona Charen: Lady killers

Debra N. Cohen: Giving new meaning to ‘Who is a Jew?’

Ask Wendy: Boyfriend refuses to remove dead wife's ring; travel cross-country with estranged mother who is alone?

Stacey Dresner: Jews swarming to WASP schools

Libby Lazewnik: Winner Takes All — one for the books

J.R. Labbe: Link between Syria and Spider-Man and Wal-Mart?

Kathleen Parker: Moral men learn it's lonely at the top

Anonymous, as told to Chaim Walder: Ringed-in by a mistake

Rabbi Shimon Finkelman: The sage and his ‘special’ friend (INSPIRING!!)

Jennifer Seigel: Why has a new kosher cookbook sold over 24,000 copies in a week?

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?

Evan Gahr: UNHOLY WAR: Prominent Christian leaders now denouncing Alliance For Marriage's queer partner

Evan Gahr: The Moral Minority

Evan Gahr: OUTED AND OUT

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

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

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