The Boiling Point

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

Lexi Gelb, BP Emeritus

June 3, 2011

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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...

Visual decadence, and lots of cheese…

Jacob Ellenhorn, Arts Editor

March 11, 2011

When you see “26,”  a new dairy restaurant on Pico’s kosher restaurant row, you immediately understand that owner Geoffrey Ghanem  places considerable value on the visual aspects of his restaurants. A veteran restaurateur, Ghanem also owns the acclaimed Shiloh’s steakhouse. At “26,” the building design, the interior of the restaurant space, and even the restaurant...

Lost your appetite? Try the Fair Trade diet

Jenny Newman, Senior Staff Columnist

March 11, 2011

It’s probably a safe bet to say that almost no chocolate consumers have any idea about the origin of their chocolate. But right here, at Shalhevet, we are selling the products of slave labor in the Student Store and vending machines. I ran every product at Shalhevet that contains cocoa through the Fair Trade website to see what products are and are not certified as being...

A slice of Shalheaven: When it comes to charity, it’s complicated

Rachel Lesel, Staff Columnist

December 31, 2010

Living in Los Angeles, Christmas entangles us in its green and red blanket. Most of the attention is on gifts, flashy lights, and coffee shop specials that we all enjoy. From Toys for Tots to a man dressed up as Santa Claus asking for donations of street corners, Christmas does try and promote generosity to those in need as an underlying theme. Judaism always encourages...

Restaurant review: Shanghai Diamond says Merry Chinese!

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

December 31, 2010

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan mentioned in her confirmation hearings last summer that as an American Jew, she generally spent Christmas eating Chinese food ( In her honor, this week seems like the perfect occasion to review the best Chinese restaurant on Pico Boulevard. Shanghai Diamond Garden has rightly made a name for itself in the past...

Bodhi on Pico: Say hi to Thai

Nathaniel Kukurudz, Managing Editor

November 1, 2010

No one will argue that it’s easy to limit oneself to only kosher restaurants, especially since it seems that 95 percent of them in Los Angeles lie between a certain Mobil gas station and a mortuary on Pico Boulevard. So you can imagine my joy when something totally unique opens. Bodhi restaurant (closer to the gas station than to the mortuary), which opened four months...

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