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Sept. 18, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
A fool grows without rain.   —   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.

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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.

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


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first person
When terror hits home:
My wake-up call

By Aryeh Spero

Being concerned more about and feeling greater "nobility" in safeguarding the innocents of the enemy, when such restraint results in the death of your own innocents, is a false ideology, especially when the so-called "innocents" crave your death and root for those murdering you. Some call such "concern" sophistication, when in truth it is self-indifference. Not valuing the total worth of one's loved ones and People is not civilized. It leads to a society's inner demise. Such behavior is craven.

controversy!
Should Arafat finally
be assassinated?

By Alan Dershowitz

It now seems clear that Israel will persist in its policy of targeting for assassination terrorist leaders it cannot arrest or otherwise disable or disarm. Two fundamental questions are raised by this practice. The first is: Is this tactic legal under international law? The second is: Even if legal, is it wise as a matter of policy?

[ D A I L Y  I N S P I R A T I O N ]

It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... Each day is a new day (NEW SERIES; TRY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT!)

[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore
Lurie's World
Jack Higgins
Ed Gamble
Joe Heller
J.D. Crowe
Gary Varvel
Steve Kelley
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.)

[ L I F E S T Y L E S ]

Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Missing features vex preinstalled software users; web browser still comes up with homepage from previous 'Net provider; getting rid of latest

Evan Weiner: A soccer wake

Authorities haven't used Patriot Act to obtain records, memo shows

Congressional committee rejects screening of cargo shipped on passenger planes

New law turning all paper checks into electronic copies

Founding documents to go back on display at National Archives

Where are the Taliban? Online, using anonymity, cover of Web to spread message

[ I N S I G H T ]

Jim Hoagland: Can anything change The Saudi Syndrome?

Looking at Language by Richard Lederer: The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Stan Sinberg: BUY THESE NOW!

Dan Abrams: How budget cuts nationwide are starving many of the state courts and allowing some criminals to go free

Joseph L. Galloway: Newest injustice to disabled vets: Robbing Sgt. Peter to pay Sgt. Paul

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Clarence Page: The amazing clout of lobbyists swarming around Capitol Hill

Suzanne Fields: When the old-time religion seems new

Zev Chafets: Press scandal: Kowtowing in Iraq


NEA PROPOSES 'VIRTUALLY NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND' PLAN
Spokesman: We must be fair
  —  ScrappleFace

Anne Applebaum: Stubborn Swedes and 'United' Europe

Michael Ledeen:The Ayatollahs’ bomb: An invulnerability strategy

Raoul Lowery Contreras: We bee eSTUPIDos

Dick Morris: Terror fears fade too fast

Bob Tyrrell: Send Arafat to Paris!

Debra J. Saunders: Farewell to goodwill

Bill Tammeus: Rock music appeals to fans' yearnings for mindlessness

Michael Graham: Recall democracy

George Will: A Cure for California

Ann Coulter: HERE'S A TRAITOR!

Larry Elder: Would a Muslim flag above the White House solve America's problems?

Cal Thomas: A new 'commandment' from Alabama

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Frank J. Gaffney, Jr: THE POLITICS OF PANDER

Joshua Silver: Finally, a Rosh Hashanah prayer book for today's Jew

Jeff Jacoby: Ten years too late, the delusion that was ‘Oslo’ is finally ending

Paul Greenberg: End of the road(map)

Rabbi Berel Wein: On harvesting success

Charles Krauthammer: Yet another missed opportunity

Jonathan Tobin: An end to the delusions

Jeff Dunetz: High Holiday Prayers — for my enemies

Victor J. Wishna: Second thoughts at September 11th

Alan Dershowitz: Why terrorism works

Andrea Levin: No moral daylight on 'Nightline'

Nathan J. Diament: Will American Jewry be silent about religious discrimination?

Daniel Pipes. Why Oslo's hopes turned to dust

Martin Peretz: Time to show that Jewish blood is not cheap and those who shed it will pay a tremendous price

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

Rabbi Avi Shafran: A truly historic lawsuit

Edward I. Koch: Jews must reward Bush for stance on Israel

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

Cal Thomas : When terror drives policy

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Elijah the Prophet also had an amputated limb (MOVING!)

William J. Bennett: Moral Clarity and the Middle East

Martin Peretz: Pre-Occupation

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!)

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Bill Bennett, Jack Kemp, and Jeane Kirkpatrick: Twenty Facts about Israel and the Middle East (IMPORTANT!)

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