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SOON: Passover begins this Saturday night, March 27.

Pesach 2021: Freeing ourselves with faith

By Gabriella Gomperts, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

“All who are hungry, let them come and eat!  All who are needy, let them come and conduct the Pesach Seder!  Now we are here; next year we will be in the Land of Israel.  Now we are slaves;...

ASKING: Among other questions, Passover -- which starts this Saturday  night -- wonders why the seder night is different from all others.

How is your seder different from all other seders?

By Liad Machmali, Features Editor March 22, 2021

“Really long,” “matzah pizza,” and “cleaning” are words linked to Pesach in most of our minds. But another buzzword that may pop up when thinking about the Jewish holiday that starts this Saturday...

HOME: A Boiling Point survey found that all kinds of Jews give presents -- and don’t.

When it comes to Chanukah gift-giving, the ritual is whatever you grew up with

By Liad Machmali, Life and Features Editor December 14, 2020

This Chanukah 5780, senior Yael Rubin’s family will be exchanging gifts among aunts, uncles and cousins. Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg will be giving gifts just to his wife and kids. Freshman...

MEANING: The real message of the lights is that God's miracles are everywhere.

Chanukah: It’s not just the oil

By Amalia Zucker, 9th Grade December 13, 2020

Of all Jewish holidays, Chanukah is one of the most well-known to non-Jews. Holidays like Yom Kippur, Purim, and Sukkot seem to go unnoticed, but Chanukah is different, perhaps because it’s easy to lump...

LOCAL: Rabbi Sacks, whose teachings are spread throughout the LaHav curriculum, made many trips to Los Angeles, including to Hillel Hebrew Academy, above, in February 2014.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, ‘master of thought’ and a Rashi of our time, has died at age 71

By Talia Davoudian, Staff Writer December 1, 2020

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, author of more than 30 books, and the one to thank for the introductions and commentary in the Koren Siddurim and Machzorim, passed...

GIFT: At the end of a divisive presidential campaign, Rabbi Yosef Kanesfky told his congregation that from a religious perspective, democracy is a gift that we have been empowered with “to impact and affect the lives of other human beings.”

‘Holy conduct’: How to be Jewish during a hard election season

By Molly Litvak, Editor-in-Chief October 30, 2020

In an email to his congregation last Tuesday, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B’nai David-Judea Congregation in Pico-Robertson said Jews of all political beliefs should aspire to holiness during the current...

Simchat Torah: Embracing the Torah, away from the scroll

Simchat Torah: Embracing the Torah, away from the scroll

By Rebecca Cohen, 12th Grade October 9, 2020

I don’t have to tell you that this year’s holidays are going to be different. I don’t have to describe to you how it felt to sit and fast at home on Yom Kippur, instead of standing in shul, surrounded...

VIDEO: What are you repenting for on Yom Kippur 5781?

By Ariella Hirschhorn, Boiling Point Video Team September 23, 2020

Yom Kippur starts Sunday night. The Boiling Point wishes everyone a meaningful holiday and an easy fast.

OUTSIDE: Rosh Hashanah starts tomorrow night. With synagogues closed, many Shalhevet community members will be praying in socially distanced groups outdoors.

From backyard minyans to distanced dinners, Covid Rosh Hashanah will look and feel different

By Olivia Fishman and Tehilla Fishman, 10th Grade September 17, 2020

Shalhevet Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg thinks that it will be especially difficult to connect to God during the High Holidays this year. “There is a certain mood and certain energy that...

REMOTE: Rabbi David Block blew the shofar over Zoom for his 10th-grade Talmud class on Sep. 8.

Even via Zoom, the shofar signals the season in Elul

By Benjamin Gamson, News Editor September 15, 2020

Summer is ending. School, in its strange configuration, is revving up. And even in this pandemic year, Jews everywhere are getting ready for Rosh Hashanah, and trying to think about the year that’s passed...

MINCHA: An outdoor minyan observed strict social distancing March 18 in Hancock Park. Officials say that is not permitted in California or Los Angeles, although it will soon be allowed in New York.

New York allowing minyans, Los Angeles not yet

By Molly Litvak, Community Editor May 21, 2020

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that religious gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted there starting tomorrow, but Los Angeles rabbis say they have not heard anything about...

NOW: As Pesach begins in this difficult moment, it is up to us to decide how to move forward.

Who suffers, who perseveres

By Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer April 8, 2020

Many of us in quarantine feel like we are suffering. In many ways, we are. Forced not to see our friends and family, deprived of the outdoors, living in fear for ourselves and our families. These are legitimate...

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