The Boiling Point

2 Boiling Points of View: Birkot Hashachar: Tradition should be stable

February 6, 2013

By Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor People have their turf, places where they feel they belong. You may or may not be rivals with people on other turfs, but everyone has their ground. But what if someone trespassed on your turf and captured it? Would you feel a little degraded? This is the ongoing issue of the uprising of women in a shul environment. Many women, especially in Mo...

2 Boiling Points of View: Birkot Hashachar: Embrace new traditions

February 6, 2013

By Margo Feuer, 10th Grade “Blessed are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who has not made me a woman.” It seems hard to explain that I, who have heard this part of Birkot HaShachar countless times, want to lead my school in this prayer every morning.  It makes even less sense when I think about the Jewish women before me who had no alternative bracha a...

2 Boiling Points of View: Steering the right course, Obama for President

Tamar Willis, Features Editor

November 5, 2012

Oh no! Not another youth vote for President Obama! Wait a minute. Before you pounce, let me make my case. There are a lot of reasons, both negative and positive, for voting Democratically this election. Let’s start with the economy. In the short term, everyone agrees we need to raise the standard of living and put a dent in the deficit. The American Reinvestment...

2 Boiling Points of View: To stop America’s decline, Romney for President

Jacob Ellenhorn, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2012

With unemployment at 7.8 percent, 47 percent of American citizens not paying taxes because they do not fall into a tax bracket, a government debt totaling more than $16 trillion and more than 40 percent of U.S. citizens receiving government aid, America is truly in decline. The only way to resuscitate this ailing country is by electing a new president. In an interview with...

Two Boiling Points of View: Artificial and self-defeating

Jojo Fallas, 11th Grade

March 30, 2012

Should firehawks have to wear kippot during games? Members of the Boys Basketball team should not be forced to wear kippot while they play. Shalhevet supports the idea of challenging the halachic norm when backed by intelligent, thoughtful reasoning supported by tradition, and not wearing a kippah while playing basketball could definitely fall into this category. W...

Two Boiling Points of View: A law, and an opportunity

Josh Meisel, 12th Grade

March 30, 2012

Should Firehawks have to wear kippot during games? As Modern Orthodox Jews, we do our best to adapt to the modern world we live in, yet simultaneously balance our lives with a strong core of Judaism and halacha. Unlike a scale, this balancing of modern life and Judaism is not as simple as placing different aspects on different sides and hoping...

TWO BOILING POINTS OF VIEW – Kaparot: Cruel and un-Jewish

Tamar Willis, Sports Editor, Two Boiling Points of View

November 7, 2011

Shalhevet is a quirky school, and anyone who has attended our high school knows it.  I never know what kind of crazy thing is going to happen when I walk through the doors each morning.  Will there be a cupcake truck giving out free cupcakes for Rosh Chodesh, or a Mexican-style fruit vendor during lunch?  Each day is different, and I can always count on another new, exciting...

TWO BOILING POINTS OF VIEW – Kaparot: A way to feel guilt

David Fletcher and Justin Brandt-Sarif, 12th grade, Two Boiling Points of View

November 7, 2011

Every year as the sun sets and we prepare ourselves for Yom HaDin, we as Jews are supposed to go in to the Day of Atonement knowing that we have done our due diligence to repent for our sins. Along with introspective analysis, we practice numerous customs forwhich the sole purpose is to rid us of our sins of the past year. These include tashlich, the act of throwing b...

Two Boiling Points of View: Remodel provides more room for everyone

Ariella Joffe, 12th Grade

September 1, 2011

I drove into school when I got back from summer, and all I could say was, “Wow!” The walls as I entered were painted Shalhevet bright red. The color shocked me at first, but then I thought all we are doing is showing our school spirit, which we pride ourselves on. Then I went inside, and it was even more remarkable. After school ended last year, I was helping out so...

Two Boiling Points of View: Remodel takes away privacy

David Fletcher, 12th Grade

September 1, 2011

There are many changes that have been instituted this year that I disagree with. For example, the color of the school: really, fire truck red? Like we don't have enough fire trucks coming to our school as it is. Then there is the placement of the office of our school counselor, Rachel Hecht. I thought that there was some degree of privacy and anonymity in what she does....

Two Boiling Points of View: Over the Line

Rose Bern, Staff Writer

June 5, 2011

In a speech President Obama gave at the State Department on May 19, he restated America’s longtime stance towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” It’s incredible how a simple statement can spark so much outrage. But this outrage is justified. While President Obama...

Two Boiling Points of View: Good Strategy

Justin Brandt-Sarif, Staff Writer

June 5, 2011

As “Hail to the Chief” played on loudspeakers, President Barak Obama was met with cold applause as he took the stage to address the 10,000 people attending AIPAC policy conference in Washington D.C. last week. In the days leading up to the conference, some Jewish leaders had been criticizing the President for suggesting that Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians...