Backward 2013


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


Turtle Eats Jew (50 Gentiles Unharmed)

By Yonatan Zax

A slow-moving tragedy evolves in the Galapagos.Read More


‘Birthright Israel’ Donors Unveil Spinoff: ‘BootyCall Israel’

By Manny F. Destiny

BACKWARD: This new Israel learning experience aims to ensure the future of the Jewish people, one night (stand) at a time.Read More


Wanted: Leader for Major World Religion

Preferred qualifications: Partially or fully abnegated selfhood.Read More


Noah: New Ark ‘Coming Along Great.’

That Storm Sandy Was ‘A Real Kick in the Pants’Read More


Jewish Journalism Is Still Hot!

A Backward spinoff — the amusingly named “Forward” — was at the center of a campaign to make celebrities sexy again.Read More


New Hasidic Clothing Store, ‘50 Shades of Black,’ Disappoints

Meanwhile, nearby softcore erotica store, The Hole Megillah, reports unexpectedly high foot traffic from the ultra-Orthodox.Read More


Downton Rebbe

By Gail Lerner

The Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) is shocked to discover he is a cousin of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.Read More


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


The Partial Pinking of Hamas

By Lawrence Zygier

Radical islamists have second thoughts about allowing LGBT Muslims to become suicide bombers.Read More





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