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HOLIDAY: Yom Kippur Starts tonight at sundown. The fast begins tonight at 6:29 p.m. and end tomorrow night at 7:23 p.m. (Times for 90036, chabad.org)

Yom Kippur: Are you a little bit Yonah?

By Arieh Elad, Torah Editor September 24, 2023

We are cleansed of our sins on Yom Kippur when we confess, when we apologize, and when we forgive ourselves. The process of teshuva – repentance – is when we repair our wrongdoings and ultimately return...

On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, it’s customary to eat a fruit you haven’t eaten in a while. The reason is to be sure that there is something to celebrate with a bracha.

Fruit and forgiveness: For Rosh Hashanah, an unexpected connection

By Jonah Delson, 10th Grade September 15, 2023

“A life lived without forgiveness is a prison,” said William Arthur Ward, an American motivational writer. That’s pretty deep – let’s lighten the mood a bit. I really dislike fruit. I mean...

Ve’etchanan, which begins at Devarim (Deuteronomy) Chapter 3 verse 23, was read in synagogues July 29.

SUMMER PARSHA: In Ve’etchanan, Chorev has something to say about Sinai

By Etan Lerner, Co-Video & Podcast Editor August 20, 2023

The fifth perek, or chapter, of Parshat Ve’etchanan includes the repetition of the Ten Commandments, first revealed in Shemot in Parshat Yitro. In Ve'etchanan, the section starts off with a straightforward...

PARSHA: Parshat Chukat will be read on the Shabbat of June 24, 2023

SUMMER PARSHA: In Chukat, with just a few sharp words, Moses changes the ending of his story

By Etan Lerner, Staff Writer June 28, 2023

Many say that Moshe’s most transgressive sin took place in Parashat Chukat, when he famously struck a rock to bring forth water instead of speaking to it as God had commanded. According to many of the...

ACTUAL: From left, Shalhevet Judaic Studies staff Natalie  Ravanshenas, Mrs. Tova Goldman, Dr. Sheila Keiter and Ms. Mika Shalom wearing what they wore to work that day. Vogue Magazines photo, at left below, showed Jennifer Lopez and three models in similar garb.

Vogue Magazine finds something trendy in ‘Torah-Teacher aesthetic’

By Tali Liebenthal, Co-Editor-in-Chief June 1, 2023

  A recent article in Vogue magazine entitled “It’s not modest dressing, it’s the Torah Teacher aesthetic” describes a current fashion phenomenon that may or may not have much to do with...

FAITHS: Shalhevet teachers of different religions say they are enriched by learning about others’. From left, Dr. Basheer,  Rabbi Schwarzberg, Ms. Singh, Ms. Fasules and Dr. Harris, with symbols of Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism and Protestantism. “We’re really not all that different, you know,” said Dr. Harris.

Non-Jewish teachers say working at Shalhevet strengthens ties to their own religions

By Mira Schulman, 9th Grade May 9, 2023

Shalhevet teachers of other faiths don’t feel that their religions are any barrier to feeling at home at Shalhevet. In fact, many think quite the opposite. Four teachers interviewed last semester...

CALENDAR: Every year, Yom Hashoah is followed a week later by Yom HaZikaron, a remembrance day for soldiers and victims of terror, which is then followed by Israeli Independence Day one day later.

Three days that remember a century: Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtzmaut

By Etan Lerner, 9th Grade April 26, 2023

For the Jewish world, the 20th century was incredibly dynamic and Jewish life changed fundamentally. Out of everything that happened, two events stand out in particular: the Holocaust and the founding...

DOORPOST: In the Pesach story, blood on the doorposts of their homes kept Israelites safe during the 10th Plague.

Pesach is behind us. Why was it the peak of the year?

By Zane Mendelson, Staff Writer April 20, 2023

Pesach is now behind us, and looking back on all the chaos of the climax of the Jewish calendar, something constantly crosses my mind. Why Pesach? Why is Passover the most decorated holiday of the year? It...

ENOUGH:  Dayenu, sung during the Magid section of the seder, lists many things God did when the Jews left Egypt and says each one would have been sufficient without the next.

Dayenu: Not enough to say it once

By Zion Schlussel, 11th Grade April 11, 2023

Dayenu – we say it at the end of the seder's Magid section and it means, "It would have been enough." But if you read the actual words of Dayenu, it is clear that it wouldn’t have been enough. In fact,...

TWISTS: The story of Purim contains twists and turns that remind us of our lives today.

Megillat Esther: God’s presence in the unexpected

By Ariel Shapiro, 10th grade March 7, 2023

I could never really get my hands around the reason we call this holiday “Purim,” or “lots.” Isn’t it the story about a sinister villain, a devoted supporter, a beautiful heroine, and a malleable...

PROTEST: Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 24, the day when Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Post Roe, states’ laws may say no when halacha says yes

By Molly Menashe, Torah Editor January 1, 2023

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, Shalhevet rabbi and teacher, says terminating a pregnancy violates Judaism’s prohibition against murder, lo tirzach.  “The fetus is a life – if you abort it, you kill...

Sukkot begins tonight at 6:08 p.m. School will resume October 20. Chag Sameach from the Boiling Point!

Sukkot: When bad weather makes a point

By Josh Askari, 12th Grade October 9, 2022

Coming shortly after Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Sukkot is a time that, if one is not careful, could seem simply like a fall break. Because Bnei Yisrael built huts in the desert after they were freed...

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