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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...

Teshuvah -- repentance and return to God -- is the theme of Sefer Yonah as it is of Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur: Inside and outside the fish

By Keira Deutsch, 11th grade October 5, 2022

 Aside from a potential attempt to appease our hunger from the fast, a story about a large fish may seem somewhat out of place to read on Yom Kippur. So why do we read Sefer Yonah on Yom Kippur, a day...

What are you repenting for on Yom Kippur 5783?

What are you repenting for on Yom Kippur 5783?

By Vivienne Schlussel, Video Editor October 3, 2022


NEW: The ninth grade class in Jewish law is taught by Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg.

Ninth grade studies how to bring holiness to the ordinary

By Sean Silver, 11th Grade June 17, 2022

Shalhevet’s Judaic Studies Department has created a mandatory halacha class for the ninth grade this year to introduce freshmen to Jewish law, instead of teaching it only as it comes up in other Judaic...

TRIPLE: Shavuot begins this Saturday night at sunset, just after Shabbat, creating a three-day yom tov. The holiday ends Monday, June 6, at 8:46 p.m.

Shavuot: Honoring a slim but pivotal moment of connection

By Elishai Khoobian, 10th Grade June 3, 2022

Shavuot is known as the fun holiday where we stay up all night learning Torah, eating endless amounts of cheesecake and as many dairy products as we can think of. On that day thousands of years back we...

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