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CHOICE: Jews have never been required to plant trees on a specific day, but we choose to anyway. Why?

Trees, love and humanity come together on Tu B’shvat

By Amalia Zucker, Staff Writer January 17, 2022

This Jan. 17, in the dead of winter, we once again find ourselves in Tu B’shvat, a rabbinic holiday also known as Rosh Hashanah haIlanot, or “New Year of the Trees.” Tu B’shvat has evolved to...

SUCCESS: Dr. Walter Poor, Hinda Grosss grandfather, poured olive oil for fuel into the metal cups of his hanukkiah.  It was the sixth night of Hanukkah – also his birthday.

HANUKKAH: Looking for wicks in Phoenix – and inside ourselves

By Hinda Gross, Ninth Grade December 4, 2021

I want to invite you to a day I spent with my grandfather about a month ago. He had recently informed me that he was in need of small plastic menorah inserts, prefilled cups of oil with wicks, for his...

KORBAN: Like the ancient ‘gratefulness sacrifice,’ Thanksgiving turns inner thankfulness into something shared.

THANKSGIVING: Grateful in public

By Mordechai Heller, 10th Grade November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving is a time to connect with loved ones close to you, to reflect and be thankful. The Torah provides a very similar sentiment long before our modern time: the korban todah -- the Thanksgiving...

TIMED: Allan Abshez, top left, spoke for 12 minutes on behalf of the hotel’s developers at a Los Angeles City Planning Commission meeting last Thursday on Zoom.  He said other hotels in the area do not consider needs of the area’s Jewish community.

Housing wins out as Planning Commission votes down ‘Soro Hotel’

By Joshua Gamson, Torah Editor November 24, 2021
Developers deciding whether to appeal to City Council
CENTRAL:  A proposed hotel being voted on by a city panel today would fill most of the block just south of the intersection of Pico and Robertson boulevards, the central corner that gives the neighborhood its name.

Hotel or housing? City Planning Commission deciding future of key intersection tomorrow

By Joshua Gamson, Torah Editor November 17, 2021

Tomorrow, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission is expected to vote on whether to approve a hotel near the intersection of Pico and Robertson boulevards, which its developer says would serve both...

SPACED: Ikar once again held High Holiday services in the Shalhevet gym. But this year, chairs, posters, plants and the Torah ark were socially distanced and worshipers had to show proof of vaccination to attend.

Area synagogues tried to stay spiritual while managing pandemic policies for a second High Holiday season

By Joshua Gamson, Torah Editor October 17, 2021

It’s 2021 and with many teens and adults now vaccinated against Covid-19, High Holiday services were different from 2020’s -- but how different? Five area synagogues surveyed by The Boiling Point...

SPACE: Hashkama Minyan Sept. 14 was less crowded than in previous years, when more than 100 people would attend. This year’s early-morning prayer service is open only to students in Advanced Gemara Shiur or Beit Midrash Track.

Administration ends Hashkama Minyan except for honors tracks

By Tali Liebenthal, Staff Writer October 7, 2021

Hashkama Minyan, an early-morning daily prayer service that began at 7:20 a.m and was offered to all students beginning in 2013, has now been made exclusive to students in AGS (Advanced Gemara Shiur) and...

GIFTS: Sukkot, which thanks God for blessings of all kinds, begins tonight at 6:34 p.m.

Sukkot: Know what you have

By Amalia Zucker, Staff Writer September 20, 2021

The High Holidays are a very busy time of year in Judaism, and by the time we get to Sukkot, we’ve already been through Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and the Fast of Gedaliah. It’s a lot of extra time...

FORGIVENESS: Yom Kippur starts tonight at 6:41. The fast ends tomorrow at 7:35 p.m.

Yom Kippur: Why does God forgive us? ‘Jonah’ holds a clue

By Zane Mendelson, 10th Grade September 15, 2021

The holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur. This is the day when we as the Jewish nation repent knowing God will forgive us. This is the meaning of Yom Kippur, right?  On Yom Kippur, the Haftorah that...

TESHUVA: Rosh Hashanah reminds us to be awake not only to repentance, but to what is happening around us.

Does a lyric from a Beatles song explain the meaning of shofar?

By Zion Schlussel, 10th Grade September 6, 2021

Blowing the shofar seems like a strange tradition. We take the horn of an animal, hollow it out, and then blow into it 100 times. But the shofar isn’t about the horn. It’s about what the horn symbolizes. In...

PILLARS: Pirkei Avot teaches us that acts of kindness are one of the three pillars that hold up the world.

Ruth the Moabitess: Turning loss into strength

By Olivia Orbuch, 9th Grade May 22, 2021

On Shavuot we read the Book of Ruth, whose character was strong and principled. She was a Moabite married into a Jewish family at a time when intermarriage was frowned upon. Tragedy struck the family suddenly,...

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