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Further to my blog post from a few months ago about Menachem Zivotofsky, an American boy born in Jerusalem, whose parents requested to have Israel recorded in his passport as his country of birth instead of “Jerusalem” as a city seemingly without a country, (against the wishes of the US Administration), the US Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Court can indeed consider the “Jerusalem passport issue”, clearing the first hurdle for the family to continue their campaign.

(CORRECTION: I have changed the wording above in accordance with advice I received via reader Meir Weiss who posted a comment below) :

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the lower courts the issue of whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” on their passports — a ruling that drew praise from Jewish groups.

The decision delivered Monday was a success for the family of Jerusalem-born boy Menachem Zivotofsky…

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Editor’s note: In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed.  This week, Jon Huntsman Sr., father of former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., shares his story.

When this businessman was born 74 years ago, he wasn’t expected to live. He’s also survived four types of cancer: prostate, mouth and two types of skin cancer — squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Yet, he says his biggest challenge in his life was watching his daughter Kathleen die after suffering from drug addiction and leaving behind seven young children, whom he helped raise.

Huntsman has donated more than $1 billion dollars for cancer research and scholarships.  He sat down with CNN at his headquarters in Salt Lake City and shared some of his thoughts. The following…

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This Just In

A shooting at a Jewish school in southern France resulted in casualties but authorities did not immediately say how many people were wounded or killed.

Media reports placed the number of dead at three, but CNN could not immediately confirm the figure.

The shooting took place at a private school, Ozar Hatorah, in the city of Toulouse — the same city where a soldier was fatally shot earlier this month.

France has one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe, with 380 reported acts of anti-Semitism in 2011, according to the French Jewish organization CRIF.

The news of Monday’s shooting brought immediate reaction from Israel and France’s grand rabbi.

“We follow with shock the news coming from France, and we trust the French authorities to shed full light on this crime and to bring those responsible to justice,” said Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry.

Gilles Bernheim…

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This Just In

Can you say extraordinary?

I suspect that 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison can spell it — and it’s one of the best words to describe her.

The young girl from Prince William County, Virginia, has just become the youngest speller eligible to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, according to the event’s record books, which date to 1993. Mike Hickerson, the bee’s communications manager, said there have been four spellers since 1993 who were 8 years old.

Lori Anne, who is home-schooled, beat out 21 other kids in the county to win the bee, which enters her into the national bee.

The word that thrust her into the spotlight? “Vaquero,” the Spanish translation of “cowboy,” which is often used in Spanish-speaking parts of the South such as Texas, according to InsideNova.

The paper reported that after one of the last spellers missed her word, Lori Anne stepped up to the microphone, was…

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