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  • This week in power: Kerry, Walker, Flatbush flight, Knaidel spelling

    By Danny Groner

    June 6, 2013 | 3:05 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Push for peace
    Secretary of State John Kerry made a call for more peace talks while addressing the American Jewish Committee this week. "We are running out of time," Kerry said. "We...

  • How do you spell knaidel?

    May 31, 2013 | 9:10 am

    An Indian-American boy won a national spelling contest after correctly spelling a Yiddish-derived word.

    Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., won the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by spelling the word “knaidel,” a traditional Jewish dumpling. Mahankali...

  • The Word of the Day Is Knaidel

    By Rob Eshman

    May 31, 2013 | 5:58 am

    How do you spell knaidel?  M-a-t-z-o-h B-a-l-l.

    The word that 13 year-old Arvind Mahankali from Queens, NY spelled to clinch the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship last night is German for a small mass of dough.  But its most common meaning in America is matzo ball.

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  • Composer’s hit musical spells success ‘B-E-E’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    William Finn, composer, lyricist and creator of the hit musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," says his own surname is the result of a misspelling. "When my great-uncle came from Russia, he kept saying he was looking for someone named Fein, so the genius at Ellis...
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  • Bee-witched and Bee-wildered

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Jeff Blitz's documentary, "Spellbound," Harry Altman grimaces and fidgets at the 1999 National Spelling Bee. The Jewish sixth-grader has been asked to spell "banns," which refers to a Christian marriage notice. He's never heard of it.

    "Banns, banns, banns," he whispers into the...

  • Spellbound

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "I was in all of one spelling bee in my life," confides Myla Goldberg, the author of "Bee Season," who'll read from her stunning debut novel at the Jewish Book Festival this week. The overachiever was in the fourth grade, and she smugly expected to win - until she was asked to spell...

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