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Sept. 28, 2003
PLEASE READ JWR PUBLISHER'S OPEN-LETTER BELOW
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
  —   Leo Tolstoy

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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Rosh HaShonnah and the Mysteries of the Universe
By Rabbi Yonason Goldson

Long before the first scientist or philosopher raised his eyes to gaze into outer space and contemplate the stars, another man searched inner space seeking understanding. His name was Job.

And he has a message for us. Today.

thought
Reason to hope
By Jonathan Rosenblum

On Rosh Hashanah, we seek once again to attach ourselves to the original purpose for which the world was created.

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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... You are not that powerful (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
Cox & Forkum
Jeff Koterba
Doug Marlette
Steve Kelley
Jake Fuller
Ed Gamble
Bob Gorrell
Wayne Stayskal
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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The Tech Maven by Mark Kellner: Lessons from a hurricane

Today's Failure by Steve Young

Lori Borgman: Boundaries disappear, society pays the price

Postal inspectors kick off national bid to fight ID theft

Negotiator uses common sense, humor to show how to get what you want

Frequent flier with same name as fugitive can't escape hassles

Bait-and-switch offers should be outlawed

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' wisdom

Bruce Williams on JWR: My lazy brother is living rent-free; divorce effecting credit

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Peter Beinart: Dress up the Dem Party in whatever uniform you want, it still doesn't have a strategy for the defining challenge of our time

On media by Bill Steigerwald: Reagan's life in letters

Lenore Skenazy: The secret Post-its of Chappaqua (GREAT!)

Keith Olbermann: As the Western World churns

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!

Leonard Pitts, Jr: Key to a real life: Ben and Jen, all the time

Greg Crosby: It's, like, the way it is

Tom Purcell: They would not leave (EXCELLENT!)

Robert L. Haught: No need to be at a loss for words

Jack Kelly: Blackout on progress in Iraq?

Diana West: Kofi, listen closely

Julia Gorin: Not at Albright

Roger Simon: Grab a little gusto?

Bob Tyrrell: Funny Girly-Boy

Marianne M. Jennings: Les infants terribles (OUCH!)

Dick Morris: An open letter to Karl Rove

Joel Mowbray: Pundits posing as reporters

Dave Shiflett: The U.N.'s celebrity ambassadors capture the true spirit of the place

Charles Krauthammer: Ted Kennedy, losing it

Mona Charen: Who can you trust? (IMPORTANT!)

Thomas Sowell: School performances, Part III

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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

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

Jeff Dunetz: High Holiday Prayers — for my enemies

Alan Dershowitz: Should Arafat finally be assassinated?

Alan Dershowitz: Why terrorism works

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

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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