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Spelling bee champ nails obscure Yiddish word en route to victory

Spelling bee champ nails obscure Yiddish word en route to victory

Thirteen-year-old Jairam Hathwar was asked to spell "chremslach."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking during a joint press conference with his Czech counterpart, Bohuslav Sobotka, at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, May 22, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Netanyahu lashes out at media, politicians over alleged gang rape by Palestinians

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Crash kills three workers at Jewish camp in Pennsylvania

Israeli Environmental Minister Avi Gabai holding a press conference announcing his resignation from politics, May 27, 2016. (Flash90)

2nd Israeli cabinet minister quits in protest of Netanyahu policies

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United States


Robert Kraft attending the UJA-Federation of New York Sports For Youth 2016 Luncheon at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, May 17, 2016. (Steve Mack/Getty Images)


Robert Kraft urges Yeshiva U grads to have ‘wildly improbable dreams,’ like owning the Patriots

In a Hebrew-laced commencement address, Kraft talked about why he overpaid for the NFL franchise and the Jewish imperative to "repair the world."

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Israel & Middle East

Haredi Orthodox Jews dancing near a bonfire during celebrations of the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer in Jerusalem, May 25, 2016. (Zack Wajsgras/Flash90)

On Lag B’Omer in Israel, hundreds injured, forest fires rage and cats are threatened

Ritual bonfires lit in honor of a mystical sage are thought to be responsible for forest fires in Jerusalem that have since come under control.

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Tigers outfielder arrested after shouting anti-Semitic remarks

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State Dept.: Yaalon attack on Kerry ‘offensive’

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Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs left and police representatives at Grand Cafe Rimon in Amsterdan on May 24, 2016. (Cnaan-Liphshiz)

Amsterdam kosher restaurant stabbing not a hate crime, police say

Leaders and members of the Dutch Jewish community gathered at the eatery where a seemingly deranged assailant moderately wounded a woman to show their support.

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Life & Culture

Taylor Swift attending the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, May 10, 2016.  (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Neo-Nazis salute ‘Aryan goddess’ Taylor Swift

White supremacists are proclaiming their love for the pop icon, who they believe is a secret Nazi.

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