The Boiling Point

Boys and Girls basketball teams headed to division playoffs

Eitan Rothman, Sports Editor

February 3, 2012

After a rocky start to the season, both the boys and girls Firehawk basketball teams have winning records and are headed to the division playoffs later this month. The Boy’s Basketball team has drastically improved its record from 5-4 on Dec. 6 to 12-5 as of Feb. 1, going undefeated in its league. Players credit their success to a collective turnaround, in particular...

NEW BLOG: Tamar’s travels in the Holy Land: Goodbye LA, Hello Jerusalem!

January 29, 2012

It’s been three-and-a-half years since I was screaming and crying at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. I threw the most outrageous tantrum ever—and I had no shame. I probably looked and sounded like a spoiled little brat. I remember going through security (though I tried to resist), and a TSA employee said to my face: “Who do you think you are, Lindsay Lohan?”...

Marijuana can be a slippery slope

Rachel Lester, Managing Editor

December 23, 2011

Nobody sets out to be addicted. In fact, most people who do “soft drugs” like marijuana and hookah do so thinking that they’ll never get addicted. But even Amy Winehouse, who died in July from a drug and alcohol overdose, started off smoking marijuana as a teenager ( And Amy Winehouse, despite the life she lived as a celebrity, grew...

Song, spirit and a whiff of chulent

Sigal Spitzer, Staff Writer

December 23, 2011

As the aroma of chulent fills the Shalhevet hallways each Friday afternoon, around 20 students and staff gather to eat, talk, sing zemirot and pound the table in this year’s louder-than-ever version of pre-Shabbat ruach, or spirit. In the conference room nearest the foyer, the raucous group lunch -- more commonly referred to by its English-language initials, “PSR”--...

New Sephardic minyan lets students feel at home

Leila Miller, Editor-in-Chief

December 22, 2011

Their voices rolling with a North African lilt, students in the two-month old Sephardic minyan sing to a different melody than Shalhevet’s two Ashkenazic minyans. For the first time since about 2001, Shalhevet’s Sephardic students have a minyan they can call their own. Although there is increased interest among its 26 members to learn how to lead the fast-paced service,...

Student creativity to highlight choir concert

Alexa Fishman, Staff Writer

December 21, 2011

On Dec. 21, the second night of Chanukah, the Shalhevet choir and band will be performing together at the Ninth Annual Chanukah Concert, which will be held in the Beit Midrash at 5 p.m. This will be the debut of the new band, as well as the first Choir concert of the year. For the band, organized and led by junior Kalil Eden, it will be the inaugural performance....

Students defeat staff after end-of-game dispute sparks replay of final seconds

Students defeat staff after end-of-game dispute sparks replay of final seconds

December 9, 2011

The crowd is silent. There are seven seconds left on the clock. The seniors are down by one, and they have a plan. The ball is in-bounded as everyone...

Four gavels, six honorable mentions for Princeton Model Congress team

Ari Feuer, Deputy Editor

November 20, 2011

Here are the winners: Gavels for Best Delegate in Committee: Sarah Soroudi, sophomore, Foreign Relations Justin Brandt-Sarif, Senior, Judiciary Daniel Schwartz, junior, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Jacob Ellenhorn, junior, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Honorable mention in committee; Sigal Spitzer, freshman, Appropriations Ariella Joffe, senior, Foreign...

About 50 students attend meeting of school’s first Sephardic minyan

Sarah Soroudi, Torah Editor

November 7, 2011

For the first time since 2001, a minyan following Sephardic practice met Thursday, Nov., 3, using the lunch room across from the cafeteria. Divided by a mechitza taken from the Beit Midrash, 26 boys and 24 girls prayed facing the Media Center wall, and the Torah was lained using Sephardic trope. Junior Jojo Fallas, whose family is Sephardic, led the davening. Students...

Shalhevet stands alone among Orthodox high schools in letting girls carry Torah, survey finds

Rachel Lester, Managing Editor

November 3, 2011

At least in mixed minyans, nine other Modern Orthodox high schools hand the Torah scrolls to either nobody or just the boys It’s no secret that the topic of women carrying the Torah has been in heated discussion since the beginning of the school year. But Shalhevet students might be the only ones who care. A Boiling Point survey of nine other Modern Orthodox or Ortho...

As readers and as writers, students brave the blogosphere

As readers and as writers, students brave the blogosphere

October 31, 2011

Blogging,” like “Tweeting,” “Facebooking,” and “Googling,” is a web phenomenon so popular that it’s turned a noun into a verb -- a...

New music group forms — just don’t call it a band

Leona Fallas, Senior Staff Writer

October 31, 2011

What do you get when you cross a toy piano, acoustic and electric guitars, a ukulele, a harmonica, and tambourines with some very creative teenagers? It’s a trick question: they don’t know what to call it either.  Just don’t call it a band. “I’m not in love with the word ‘band,’” said junior Kalil Eden, the founder and organizer of the group. “It evokes...