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UNESCO Saves Humor From Itself

By Dr. Mister

UNESCO declares Jewish jokes as World Heritage Treasures. The Dalai Lama is content with that decision.Read More


Political Cartoonist Lambasted For Portrayal of His Bubbe

‘What have I done now?’ asks Backward cartoonist Tal Elijah.Read More


Some Putin for Purim

By Friezin Mabolokov

Moscow’s strong man, Russian president Vladimir Putin, visits the new local Jewish museum where two docents show him around.Read More


An Air-Conditioned Palestinian State

By Harry Jawea

How an oil kingdom’s empty World Cup stadiums might spell a message of hope.Read More


Bibi Suddenly Eager To Wash Obama’s Car

By Joanie Wise

BACKWARD: Last year, President Obama was offering to fetch ice cream for Benjamin Netanyahu. But 2013 is a whole different story.Read More


Philip Roth’s Guide to Old Age

By Bintel van der Brief

Philip Roth gives the Backward an EXCLUSIVE insight into his life of leisure and the reasons for his retirement.Read More


Retired Senator Now Just Going Around Annoying People

By Eva Watchful

The people of Connecticut are calling for Joe Lieberman to stand again for federal elected office — or possibly an ambassadorship, or maybe just a long vacation abroad.Read More


Review: The Goldfarb Bar Mitzvah

By Gaby Dunn

Theater, at its best, can thrill and inspire us, can take us to another world, can even make us feel that we, ourselves, are growing into new and better people.Read More


Weaponizing Lieberman; Keeping Up With the Shalits; Juicing Jews

This week, staffers discuss Israel’s threat to launch Avigdor Lieberman, strife in the Shalit home and will Samson beat doping charges?Read More


Preemptive Lieberman Launch?

By Tony Andwise

The threat of another Middle East conflagration reached new heights as Israel threatened to send its controversial foreign minister to destroy Iran’s nuclear program.Read More





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