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Backwards Looking Forward

By Mendy Vutshkes

News from 50, 75, and 100 years hence. From Isratine, Yiddish Korea and a worried Jewish Terra.Read More


Following Jewish 'Pope' Cue, Leaders Resign En Masse

By Alfred E. Neuberg

In a move that has rocked the Jewish organizational world, and made barely a ripple beyond it, the leaders of the major Jewish organizations announced that they were quitting en masse.Read More


Putting the 'i' in 'Haredi'

By Rob Kutner

Judging by turnout at the Haredi Electronics Show, traditional Jews’ appetite for technology is as voracious as that of a cantor getting his first whiff of post-Yom Kippur kugel.Read More


How Does Olympic Ice Dancer Charlie White Balance Gold Medal and Judaism?

By Bintel Brief

Forward readers ask ice dancer Charlie White how he manages the delicate dance of athletic fame and Jewish identity with nary a slip. Oops, scratch the Jewish part!Read More


Chaldeans Apologize, Urge Jews To Return and Offer Citizenship

By Joanie Weiss

BACKWARD: The Chaldean Empire has returned to the world stage after 2,500 years. It comes bearing apologies, and citizenship offers, to the Jews.Read More


What George W. Bush Really Said to Jews for Jesus

By George W. Bush

BACKWARD: George W. Bush spoke to a Messianic Jewish group last fall. They kept reporters away, but the Backward has unearthed a transcript — and a tape!Read More


6 Reasons (Jewish) Mommy Blogs Suck

By Jordana Horn

BACKWARD: While my friends are reading tips for decorating the playroom, or ‘Twelve Things My 14-Month-Old Definitely Believes,’ I am training my kid to kick the crap out of yours.Read More


What If Miley Cyrus Did the Nasty in the Shvitz?

By Phil O’Lologous

BACKWARD: All the talk in the local shvitz lately has been about twerking — or as YIVO would have it: tverking.Read More


Palestinian ‘Arab Spring’ Turns Out To Be SodaStream Well

By Rob Kutner

BACKWARD: Experts have long said water would spark the next Middle East flare-up, but no one expected the conflagration to be filled with bubbles.Read More


Frank Sinatra’s Busy Years

By Dan Friedman

BACKWARD: Frank Sinatra made headlines from the grave for fathering Ronan Farrow. He also claims to have sired Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams and Barbra Streisand.Read More





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