The Boiling Point

What we’re wearing: Sleep decides when ‘comfy’ becomes ‘lazy’

Talia Rotenberg, Staff Columnist

November 7, 2011

Filed under Columns, Features, What We're Wearing

As Shalhevet students, do we care about how we look? We all want to feel comfortable, but have we blurred the line between comfy-and-cute and lazy-and-baggy? When it’s time to get dressed in the morning, it would seem that that most girls are choosing their outfit without much thought. “I get dressed based on how much sleep I get the night before,” said senior Leona...

You can be yourself in shades of beige

Talia Rotenberg, Staff Columnist

August 29, 2011

Filed under What We're Wearing

This fall as we settle back into our school routines, the weather is changing and so is the fashion. We are lucky because for this season, being casual and comfortable is the key. That means we can fit into our dress code with no problem, and the new look is eclectic enough that it can be adjusted to everyone’s personal style. Stores such as Urban Outfitters, the Gap and...

A slice of Shalheaven: Honest hands

Katie Feld, Staff Columnist

August 26, 2011

Filed under A slice of Shalheaven

In the presence of cheating, can we still stand strong with pride? Shalhevet is famous for its passionate school spirit. It is often expressed by foam fingers, red lipstick, and “Don’t you wish your high school was hot like mine” T’s. Just flip through any Shalhevet yearbook, there are always at least two pages dedicated to pictures of pep rallies, spirit days, an...

Keeping my core

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

June 28, 2011

Filed under A slice of Shalheaven, Community

Someone asked how Shalhevet has prepared me for the next big stage in my life. Then I realized I have no idea what lessons I will take with me since I haven’t been to college yet. All I can truthfully write about is what I know about Shalhevet’s influences on my growth as a person so far. I like who I have become, and hopefully my essence and core personality will remain...

COLUMN: At a crossroads, a (scary) time of possibility

Jenny Newman, Senior Columnist

June 6, 2011

Filed under A Jenny for your thoughts, Outside News

At this time, the United States recognizes 194 independent countries. Very soon, that number may grow by at least one: an autonomous state of Palestine. Early this month, BBC News reported that the first-ever Palestinian bonds have been sold (, raising $70 million which will go toward building a tourism center in the West Bank and a new power plant. "The...

13th Grade: An Israel gap year of many worlds and viewpoints

Lexi Gelb, BP Emeritus

June 3, 2011

Filed under 13th grade, Torah

As I write this article from my dorm room in Jerusalem, my favorite poster is smiling down on me. It is a big red poster featuring a photo of PM Bibi Netanyahu with bunny ears positioned haphazardly atop his balding head. Below it hangs an advertisement that I picked up in Ramallah encouraging me to join The Palestinian Circus School. Other adornments include the Chanukah...

OPINION: The bitter truth behind chocolate’s sweetness

Jenny Newman, Senior Staff Columnist

May 20, 2011

Filed under A Jenny for your thoughts

I’m a big fan of chocolate in all of its many forms, from hot chocolate to ice cream. But there is a darker side of chocolate, one that most people don’t consider when they’re enjoying this delicious treat. Ten years ago, a pair of reporters for the Knight-Ridder media chain went into west Africa to explore the origins of America’s chocolate – specifically, the...

Teachers share a talent for thrift

Talia Rotenberg, Fashion Columnist

April 20, 2011

Filed under What We're Wearing

Fall and winter are finally on their way out and it’s time to welcome spring and summer! With the warm seasons approaching, it is about time to switch up our wardrobes. A great and definitely less expensive way to do this is by thrift shopping. We take advice and learn a great deal from our teachers about school matters, but why not step out of the classroom and get their...

COLUMN: What was Goldstone thinking?

Jenny Newman, Senior Columnist

April 18, 2011

Filed under A Jenny for your thoughts, Outside News

Richard Goldstone is retracting the Goldstone report. Partially. When the report was issued last year in response to the Israeli military action dubbed “Operation Cast Lead,” I never thought that the same man who argued that the Israeli soldiers involved were guilty of war crimes would ever denounce his own report. This is nothing against Richard Goldstone, mind you....

Don’t ask; we don’t want to know

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

April 17, 2011

Filed under A slice of Shalheaven

“Where do you see yourself in four years? How about 10? What do you do for a living?” If you are a senior, all will ask these questions. If you are anyone else, be prepared for a witty, rhetorical response. People assume that since we are leaving high school we know our whole life plan. I never know how to respond. If I say, “I don’t know.” I hear “Well, say...

A little respect, please

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

March 23, 2011

Filed under A slice of Shalheaven, Columns

On Monday, February 14, I heard an incredible speaker talk about oppression and atrocities in his time, while I witnessed disturbance and assumptions in the crowd. The audience was composed of parents and extra-credit seeking students belonging to YULA and Shalhevet, and although I was there for personal reasons (my great-uncle was liberated from Buchenwald by an African-American...

Unleash some attitude

Talia Rotenberg, Fashion Columnist

March 12, 2011

Filed under Features, What We're Wearing

I cannot believe we are already halfway into the school year. We have our friendships established, no more nerves about new teachers and you may be happy with the grades you’re getting. Now what? Have we let ourselves get too comfortable – and settled into a fashion rut? The stress of high school can be overbearing, but are we going to let it get in the way of looking...