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Sept. 8, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
You don't have to be big to be great.   —   Shalom Aleichem

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


[ J E W I S H  L I V I N G ]

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

The defeat of terror takes overwhelming force, and only Israel itself can provide it. Indeed, only Israel should.

controversy!
‘BUSH = HITLER’ adds up to Holocaust denial
By Jonah Goldberg

We may be living in the worst period of Holocaust denial since the Nuremberg trials. I'm not referring to the twisted morons who insist that the Holocaust never happened the way the Monty Python guys insisted the parrot wasn't dead. I'm referring to the legions of Holocaust deniers in the Democratic Party, on the Web, on college campuses, in the mainstream press and, most acutely, in my e-mail box every morning, who reduce to the Holocaust to a triviality.

[ 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 ... Walking a tightrope (NEW SERIES!)

[ W O R T H  1 0 0 0  W O R D S  ]

One Big Happy
Mallard Fillmore
Lurie's World
Cox & Forkum
John Cole
Wayne Stayskal
Gary Varvel
Ed Gamble
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 ]

The Computer Answer Man by James Coates: Beastly size of 'swap thing' file shrinks, not dies; Is there a directory or list that rates 'Net services?; getting Hotmail to work in Microsoft Outlook 2000

NextSteps by Jan L. Warner & Jan Collins: Can the kids block our cash flow?; childless couple agonizes over whether to use powers of attorney or a living trust to manage our assets

Evan Weiner: Suit to force the NFL and its players association to change its job entry policy?

Drug companies curbing sales from Canadian pharmacies to U.S. consumers

Exclusive little museum honors presidential pets

Idea for national neighbor day gathers steam

New millionaire, 91, lacks nothing — except maybe wife

Recording industry group offers amnesty to file sharers

Electronic eyes in sky help keep tabs on the kids

Bruce Williams on JWR: 'Cherry picking' applauded; saving Series E Bonds are a lousy investment right now

Everyday Cheapskate: Spin city

Dr. Peter Gott: The case of 'crumbling' bones

[ I N S I G H T ]

Peter Beinart: Surprise! The most important civil rights battle of the year is being led by a conservative Republican from Alabama

Stratfor Intelligence Brief by George Friedman: The economy and al-Qaida (NEW FEATURE!)

John Leo: The press looks the other way with leftist race issues

Burt Prelutsky: We humans are funny

Neil Cavuto: Watch out, Mr. President

Mark Goldblatt: The Real Lessons: Learning in the schoolyard

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Joe Scarborough: What the Dems' first debate showed

Jim Hoagland: 007 on Trial

Suzanne Fields: The ivy tower of babble (EXCELLENT!)

Joanne Jacobs: No Child Left Behind: A Primer

Jack Kelly: Progress behind the 'chaos' clutter

David Limbaugh: Paleocons lighten up: President Bush is not a neocon

Wesley Pruden: A little help now from our friends (SPOT-ON!)

Debra J. Saunders: Role reversal

Joel Mowbray: A misguided plea for U.N. help in Iraq

David Horowitz: How to look at the war on terror (FANTASTIC!)

George Will: Iraqi Democratic Vistas

Bill O'Reilly: Who's looking out for us?

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Rabbi Berel Wein: In denial about the enemy

Ask Wendy: The gift(s) that never stop?; bar mitzvahs only for Members of the Tribe?; dating widows

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

Jonathan Gurwitz: Militant Muslims' moral disease spread to envoy, troops because world did little when they were only targeting Jews

Rabbi Avi Shafran: A truly historic lawsuit

Jeff Jacoby: Harvard's tainted money

Joel Mowbray: In search of the revengers

Alan Dershowitz: The UN has fed a monster that now threatens it and everyone else

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

Dr. Debby Schwarz Hirschhorn: The lie that was a blessing

Zev Chafets: Sharon is ready to pound Palestinians the way Bush whipped Saddam

Jeff Jacoby: ‘Roadmap’? What ‘Roadmap’?

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

The Hon. Tom DeLay: BE NOT AFRAID!

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. WISHFUL THINKING ABOUT ISLAMIST TERROR

Yossi Klein Halevi: About those 'settlements'

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

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: UNDESIRABLE INFLUENCE

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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