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Scripps Spelling Bee

Yiddish for the win

It’s Yiddish for the win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee! OK, not quite, but last week, when the first rounds of the finals kicked off, the word “Yiddishkeit”...

Jordan Valley Landmines

Neutralizing landmines in the Jordan Valley

By Yaakov Lappin JERUSALEM — The Jordan Valley region is usually quiet, but its calm was shattered in May by the sounds of hundreds of landmines going off. Planted...

Avigdor Liberman

What makes Liberman tick?

JERUSALEM — So just who is Avigdor Liberman, the man who single-handedly forced Israelis to go to the polls for an unprecedented second time in a year? Is he really...

The New York Times headquarters in Manhattan. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty)

NYT: No more political cartoons

NEW YORK — The New York Times announced that it will no longer publish daily political cartoons in its international edition, in the wake of backlash over a cartoon of...

Jeremy Corbyn (Dan Kitwood/Getty)

First person: Corbyn’s Labour is an existential threat to British Jewry

By Gideon Falter On a recent speaking tour in North America, I was asked repeatedly about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn’s Labour has...

Semion Rosenfeld

Sobibor’s last survivor dies

JERUSALEM — The last living survivor of the Nazi death camp Sobibor has died. Semion Rosenfeld died on Monday, June 3, at a hospital in central Israel at the age of...

L-r: Democratic presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren, Tim Ryan, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders.

Democratic candidates send in video greetings

WASHINGTON — Everyone started by praising the American Jewish Committee. But in their video greetings to the group’s annual policy forum here, 13 Democratic...

Marty Rosenbluth

The only immigration lawyer in town

DURHAM, NC — Most of the year, Marty Rosenbluth lives alone in a small house in Lumpkin, a Georgia town with 2,000 residents and one restaurant. It’s 500 miles away...

Moses Elisaf

Greece elects its first Jewish mayor

ATHENS — A city in northwestern Greece elected the country’s first Jewish mayor. Moses Elisaf was elected mayor of Ioannina on Sunday, June 2, in the second round...

Nobuki Sugihara, second from right, with Chaim Chesler, in blue shirt, and guests of Limmud FSU Minsk at the village of Mir, Belarus, during an unveiling of a plaque for Chiune Sugihara, May 2, 2019. (Boris Brumin)

Son of Holocaust hero Chiune Sugihara wants to set record straight on his father

MINSK — After decades of relative obscurity, the tale of the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara has become one of the best-known Holocaust rescue stories, rivaling...