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HISTORY: Clockwise from top right - Junior Nicole Feder and her sister Ariana visited Robben Island in 2010 with their cousin, Danielle Drozin, at right

EXODUS: Jewish population wanes in South Africa

January 19, 2014

Although Shalhevet did not formally commemorate the passing of legendary human rights leader and statesman Nelson Mandela, the five minutes in between class...

POLAR: The globe on the right shows the

If the earth is warming, why is it freezing out?

January 14, 2014

Jumping out of the car 20 feet from the door of school last month, there was one thought in many students’ heads: run inside  Recently, the U.S. has ex...

INTERFAITH: Juniors stand in the library of King Fahad Mosque in Culver City after spending the afternoon observing prayers and the imam's sermon Dec. 20.

On mosque visit, class views a different culture of the Middle East

January 12, 2014

Seven juniors spent an afternoon looking at Middle Eastern culture through the lens of a local mosque, on a field trip last month to Culver City that was...

What’s in a pseudonym?

What’s in a pseudonym?

November 20, 2013

Melissa transformed into Mah Lissa. Natalie rechristened herself Nah Tally, and Kaili became Kay cyberspace, that is. With college application...

BOYS: Freshmen Zev Kent, Ezra Fax and Isaac Goor put on their tefillin at Shacharit.

Mother and daughter who sparked tefillin debate respond to Rabbi Segal’s decision

November 17, 2013

Q: What do you and your daughter think of Rabbi Segal’s decision, which would have encouraged your daughter to use tefillin at home but not allowed it...

Some variety in how Modern Orthodox schools see tefillin issue

Some variety in how Modern Orthodox schools see tefillin issue

November 16, 2013

Out of six other Modern Orthodox high schools contacted by The Boiling Point, only one has ever allowed women to wrap tefillin at school, and that was...

CONTROVERSY: Freshman Zev Kent expresses opinion at Town Hall Oct. 31.

Girls will not wear tefillin at Shalhevet, Rabbi Segal decides

November 16, 2013

Three weeks after his initial email raising the question to the Shalhevet community, Rabbi Segal announced Nov. 14 that he would not let female students...

EVIDENCE: Junior Mati Hurwitz opened the debate with things he learned in Judaic Studies classes.

Lively Town Hall debate explores whether girls should be allowed to wear tefillin at school

November 16, 2013

Should Shalhevet allow women to wrap tefillin and wear tallit during Shacharit? This question began floating around Shalhevet on Oct. 25, when Rabbi...

ENERGY: Yosef says there's no contradiction between being religious and being cool.

The Journey of Yosef Nemanpour

June 2, 2013

It is Taanit Esther, and many students are exhausted from dehydration. Every movement made by those fasting is slow and lethargic. Junior Yosef Nemanpour...

List of 2012-2013 Boiling Point awards

May 30, 2013

Here is a list of the 19 awards won by the Boiling Point and its staff during the 2012-13 school year, in chronological order of when we learned of them.  Unless otherwise stated, all are for work done during the 2011-12 school year.     National Scholastic Press Association NSPA: 2012 Pacemaker Finalist, large-paper category (16-plus pages per issue) - one of 16 in the US. This is f...

FOCUS: During Shacharit earlier this month, freshman Eric Bazak read the prayer for the sick as Reb Tuli Skaist looked on.  It was added earlier this year after parents of several students were diagnosed with serious illness.

Does prayer work? Yes – and maybe

May 14, 2013

In the opening weeks of school last fall, at least five students learned that a parent was suffering from some form of cancer. Since enrollment at Shalhevet hov...

JUDGE: CSPA Crown chairman C. Bruce Watterson said the Boiling Point gave readers 'unique' angles on stories.

Newspaper contest adds category for print-online ‘hybrids,’ and Boiling Point wins a Gold Crown

April 15, 2013

Just before Passover, the Boiling Point was awarded the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Crown award for print-and-online “hybrid” publications...

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