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Oct. 26, 2003
Sometimes, the road less traveled ... is less traveled for a reason.
  —   Jerry Seinfeld


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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The Book of Genesis: The book of — and for — mankind
By Rabbi Berel Wein

The first book of the Torah (Bible), which will begin being read publicly this Sabbath, is a perplexing compilation of stories about people. No apparent master plan or blueprint of morality is readily discernible from its contents. It does not prescribe a set of rules to live by. There are no "Ten Commandments" within its pages. It's almost completely devoid of mitzvas — divine ritual commandments — and the narrative details of the lives of its heroes are incomplete and sometimes cryptic. As such, who needs the book? What does it come to teach us? What is its purpose?

reality check
Bigotry and the Muslim world
By Jeff Jacoby

The Muslim world suffers from many problems, but none is more crippling than its culture of intolerance. Rampant anti-semitism anywhere is always a sign of grave moral sickness. Until more Muslims are prepared to confront and conquer that sickness in their midst, the Muslim world will remain the benighted backwater that so many Muslims deplore.

Lay off Easterbrook
By Charles Krauthammer

What is going on here? Jews are being attacked in Germany. Synagogues are being torched in France. Around the world, Jews — such as Daniel Pearl — are hunted and killed as Jews. The prime minister of Malaysia tells an Islamic summit that "1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews. . . . We are up against a people who think . . . they have now gained control of the most powerful countries. . . . We cannot fight them through brawn alone" — and gets a standing ovation from the heads of state of 57 countries. And amid all this, the Anti-Defamation League feels the need to wax indignant over a few lines on a Web log?

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It's Not as Tough at Home as You Think by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D Today's installment ... Hold that stretch (NEW SERIES; TRY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT!)

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One Big Happy
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(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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Everyday Cheapskate: Readers' widom

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Kathleen Parker: Right to die sounds nice unless it's your turn

Argus Hamilton's political zingers!


Media Monitor by Bill Steigerwald: See what federal $$$ does?

The Medicine Men: Want health service — go on a diet?

Greg Crosby: Unfair and Unbalanced

Joe Scarborough: Why the most powerful political dynasty succeeds

Joseph L. Galloway: War casualty prompts love story

Tom Purcell: A sorry bunch (HOW TRUE!)

Leonard Pitts, Jr.: Holes in airport security need to be plugged

MUGGER: Kucinich's Third-Party Bid? He's green enough, that's for sure

Jonathan Rauch: Who Can Win in 2004?: Just use This freshness test (DIFFERENT!)

Jim Hoagland: Playing Games With Pyongyang

Diana West: Boykin and the war for Muslim outreach

Bob Tyrrell: "The Reagans" and the evidence of a historic life

Jack Kelly: The FBI's deliberate deception?

David Limbaugh: Who's being extreme?

Paul Greenberg: Why judges should be seen and not heard

Marianne M. Jennings: Dems, beware!

Jonah Goldberg: French Fried: France turns into even bigger foe

Mona Charen: A The most important book of the year

Thomas Sowell: A lynch mob gathers, Part III

Find Jewish Learning in Your Area

Yossi Klein Halevi: Only the Naive or the Malicious Would Urge a Binational Israel

Andrew Silow-Carroll: When bad ideas happen to good writers

The Jewish Ethicist: Privacy vs. modesty

Mark Steyn: Linkage logarithms

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.: Know thy enemy

Wesley Pruden: A harsh new reality for the Middle East

Zev Chafets: How to be a Muslim moderate

Cal Thomas: Muzzling the wrong dog

Daniel Pipes and Asaf Romirowsky: Fulbright's Terrorist Tie

Jeff Jacoby: Palestinian terror, American blood

Jonathan Tobin: So much for democracy

Anne Applebaum: Germans as Victims

Alan M. Dershowitz: The Case Against Jordan

Mark Steyn: Palestinian death cult

Rabbi Avi Shafran: Seize the days

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


Alan Dershowitz: Why terrorism works

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!)

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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