Backward 2014


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


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


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


Barbie's Ongoing Adventures in Sponsorship

By Devorah Blachor

When Barbie doesn’t sell enough, she has to stoop to ever more desperate measures. And it’s not pretty.Read More


Landmark Study: Jews Agree, Disagree

By Joanie Weiss

A landmark study suggested that Jews both agree and disagree.Read More


A Megillah Free From Temptation

By Frim Gold-digger

Pious Jews have learned every salacious part of the megillah — so that you can be spared it.Read More


92Y Cancels Spinoza Talk, Cites BDS

By Darren Pendleman

Philosopher who died centuries before the establishment of State of Israel is barred from speaking at 92Y — condemned for lack of Zionism.Read More


The Haredi Sect Run By Women

By Ian Fist

The matriarchs of the Memeti sect tell the Backward’s Ian Fist about their community’s historic move to Kiryas Shalom in upstate New York.Read More





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