The Biggest Stories of 2013 — Ours and Yours

13 Scoops and Investigations That Rocked Jewish World

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Published December 22, 2013, issue of December 27, 2013.
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Scandal Man: The sex abuse scandal at Yeshiva University kept President Richard Joel in the Forward’s headlines all year long.
Scandal Man: The sex abuse scandal at Yeshiva University kept President Richard Joel in the Forward’s headlines all year long.

We thought we knew you so well.

We thought you cared about the future of American Jewry, charity scandals and sex abuse. And you do. But it turns out that what our online readers really love are stories about blood, half-naked Israelis and Hasidic haircuts.

We wrote hundreds of news articles in 2013. A few drew tsunamis of web traffic. Some of those didn’t seem so important to us, our online readers told us they were!

We’ve come up with the 13 big Jewish stories of 2013. We’ve divided them up between the four that got the most traffic online and the nine that we at the Forward thought mattered most.



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