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Sept. 22, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
What's cheap is really expensive.   —   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.

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


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reality check
What the ‘peaceniks’
have yet to learn

By Jonathan Gurwitz

Yesterday, Shimon Peres celebrated his 80th birthday. Bill Clinton, who along with the guest of honor, Yasser Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin, gave us "Oslo," attended. So did Mikhail Gorbachev and, yes, Ariel Sharon. Video testimonials came from Jerry Seinfeld, Henry Kissinger, Barbra Streisand and Woody Allen.

Our columnist remembers a revealing conversation that he had with Peres following the "handshake heard 'round the world."

A must read.

controversy!
The first job for Boudin
By Zev Chafets

One thing the former Weather Underground member can — and should — do now that she's free.

[ 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 ...Are we there yet? (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 (BRILLIANT! PRINT IT!)
Mallard Fillmore
Lurie's World
J. D. Crowe
Ed Gamble
Bob Gorrell
Joe Heller
Jeff Koterba
Gary Varvel
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: Turn for help to find firewall in Windows XP; "A Runtime Error has occurred. Do you wish to debug?" — huh?; Virtual Bouncer

Prilosec, latest blockbuster to go over the counter, shaking up health-care system

Move over Internet, here comes the ‘Grid ’

Finishing school, for a good start

Movie revives good old days of a police state

Big Brother for big kids?

Everyday Cheapskate: Flavored vinegars make great gifts

Dr. Peter Gott: Oversimplified criticism

Bruce Williams on JWR: Stay away from Mom's finances; getting around senior withdrawals from her retirement accounts

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Mark Steyn: Here comes General Clark, his policies will follow shortly

On media by Bill Steigerwald: Dennis Miller makes funny business of politics

Argus Hamilton's political zingers! (SUPER-SIZED!)

David Grimes: A tale of two spams


CA: 'DOMESTIC PARTNERS' GAIN RIGHT TO FUND ATTORNEYS
and to take revenge
  —  ScrappleFace

Mike Barnicle: Grasso was hung out to dry

Suzanne Fields: Throwing money at the schoolhouse frauds

Julia Gorin: Teaching English: Vegas does it better

Joanne Jacobs: Order, disorder (OUTRAGEOUS!)

Roger Simon: The anti-war general

Wesley Pruden: Wesley Clark may actually think he's running for president

Jack Kelly: Tracing Clark's military map

Jim Hoagland: Bremer's Tug of War

Neil Cavuto: Big Companies vs. Big Government (SMART!)

Joel Mowbray: Powell talks tough — and State Dept. walks right over him

Dan Abrams: Why I'm tired of criminal defense attorneys in particular in high profile cases complaining about media leaks

Joe Scarborough: We are not going to get fooled again

John Leo: Reporters ignored atrocities to get access in Saddam's Iraq

Diana West: Madonna meets middle age

Richard Z. Chesnoff: Self defense killings

David Limbaugh: Horowitz's Delicious Academic Bill of Rights

Bill O'Reilly: Kids and sex

George Will: Scientists Examine Faith-Based Biology

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Find Jewish Learning in Your Area
Previously:

Abraham J. Twerski, M.D: Belief in the Divine when being surrounded by evil

Jonathan Tobin: An Uncomfortable Feeling

Aryeh Spero: When terror hits home: My wake-up call

Linda Chavez: Israel being blackmailed by her ally?

Yehuda Avner: How to negotiate for 'peace'

Zev Chafets: Having a Jewish wife won't save Dean

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)

Jeff Dunetz: High Holiday Prayers — for my enemies

Alan Dershowitz: Should Arafat finally be assassinated?

Alan Dershowitz: Why terrorism works

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!)

Five Towns Radio

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

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