Scott Jacobson


Holy Tweet: Oh, the Possibilities!

By Scott Jacobson

For centuries, visitors to the Old City of Jerusalem have made their way to the Western Wall to offer up their prayers. Recently, performing this sacred Jewish rite has become as easy as downloading an iPhone application, now that the Western Wall has its very own page on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Started by 25-year-old Alon Nil, the service allows users to submit prayers publicly or privately, which a team in Israel prints and puts in crevices in the Wall.Read More


Wonka Factory Receives Hekhsher

By Scott Jacobson

Following is the required report filed by the Unorthodox Union inspection team and intercepted by the Backward. It describes the full process they undertook to determine whether a particular sweets-producing entity complies with the highest-level standards for kosher certification.Read More


Dear Diary: ‘Exclusive’ Notes from Kafka

By Scott Jacobson

Dear Diary: ‘Exclusive’ Notes from Kafka
After four decades, a 74-year-old woman in Tel Aviv who is the guardian of a treasure trove of documents that once belonged to literary icon Franz Kafka may soon reveal the records. To tide over Kafka scholars, the Forward offers these exclusive excerpts from the journal of the man who wrote “The Metamorphosis.Read More


If This Wall Could Talk

By Scott Jacobson

If This Wall Could Talk
Last week, the Israeli daily newspaper Ma’ariv printed the text of a prayer note left by Barack Obama at the Western Wall. After much internal debate, the Forward has decided to publish the following. These statements were obtained in a journalistically ethical fashion: We coughed loudly and crammed them into our pockets while we pretended to pray.Read More






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