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American, Israeli win Bible quiz

(JTA) — New Jersey native Yishai Eisenberg and Israel’s Elior Babian won Israel’s annual Bible quiz.

Yishai Eisenberg of Passaic, N.J., a student at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys, and Elior Babian of Beit Shemesh, Israel, emerged as winners from the 16 finalists who participated Tuesday in the quiz, which is held in Jerusalem each Israeli Independence Day.

For the first time, the competition featured simultaneous sign language translation, a result of a complaint by Israeli Education Minister Shai Piron, who had refused to participate in Holocaust commemorations last week because there was no simultaneous signing.

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