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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”...

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...

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...

The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Who are the Sacklers, the family at the heart of the opioid crisis?

NEW YORK — In the 1930s, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler both traveled to Scotland for medical school because, they said, American universities wouldn’t admit them as...

Al Sharpton speaking on April 29, 2019. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

Al Sharpton says he regrets his ‘cheap’ rhetoric

WASHINGTON — Al Sharpton appealed to Reform Jews for a united front in facing down anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of bias and acknowledged his role in stoking...

Herman Wouk (Alex Gotfryd/Corbis via Getty)

Herman Wouk and the mainstream

By Rachel Gordon BOSTON — Herman Wouk, the bestselling Orthodox Jewish author whose literary career spanned nearly seven decades and who helped usher Judaism into the...

Rabbi Abba Cohen, far left, with Karen Pence and Vice President Mike Pence at a National Day of Prayer service in the White House Rose Garden, May 2, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Trump’s religious freedom changes hearten some Jews, rattle others

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s definition of religious freedom is being welcomed by many Orthodox leaders and rattling more liberal Jewish leaders, although...

Lori Gilbert-Kaye

An angel from Poway

POWAY, Calif. — Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed in the attack at a Chabad synagogue near San Diego, is credited with jumping in front of the synagogue’s rabbi to...

Amb. Kelly Craft with US Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford. (DoD Photo/US Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Trump picks Kelly Craft for US ambassador to UN

With US President Donald Trump nominating Acting US Ambassador to the United Nations Jonathan Cohen to be US ambassador to Egypt, the nomination of Kelly Craft as US...