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God, fragility and coronavirus: senior Tanach class seeks religious meaning of quarantine

God, fragility and coronavirus: senior Tanach class seeks religious meaning of quarantine

Sam Rubanowitz, Senior Editor

March 16, 2020

Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg’s senior Tanach class held a Schoology discussion forum last Thursday on the religious significance of quarantine from the coronavirus. “Given the craziness and uncertainty of our current reality,” Rabbi Schwarzberg wrote in the discussion description, “I'd like you all t...

Which Purim Character are You?

Which Purim Character are You?

March 10, 2020

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor It’s that time of the year again, when all Jews finally get to wear the discounted costumes they purchased back in November and reminisce in the fabulous story of Purim. This March 9 and 10, we will follow along as we read the drama-filled story of how the Persians ...

Rabbi Tsaidi’s Gemara classes work on improving mitzvah observance

Rabbi Tsaidi’s Gemara classes work on improving mitzvah observance

Bayley Sandler, Staff Writer

February 23, 2020

Rabbi Yagil Tsaidi has started a mitzvah program that promotes doing meaningful but small things, so students can better themselves over time.  He calls it avodat hanefesh, which literally means service of the soul -- though it doesn’t exactly translate. “I call it avodat hanefesh, wh...

Tu B’shvat: Who grows the fruit?

Tu B’shvat: Who grows the fruit?

Liad Machmali, Torah Editor

February 10, 2020

The “new year” of the trees, also referred to as the birthday of the trees or Tu B’shvat, meaning the 15th of Shvat, is coming up this year on Feb.10. You can celebrate it by having a seder, consisting of various fruits, nuts and vegetables commonly associated with the land of Israel -- figs, g...

Visit from Rav Judah sheds a Hasidic light on prayer

Visit from Rav Judah sheds a Hasidic light on prayer

Liad Machmali, Torah Editor

January 5, 2020

When Rabbi Judah Mischel made his annual visit this year, students once again engaged with a Hasidic perspective that they don’t always encounter in their regular Judaic Studies program.  Rabbi Mischel, known simply as “Rav Judah,” says he tries to embody Hasidism personally while teaching i...

With last candle, thoughts on taking Hanukkah into the rest of the year

With last candle, thoughts on taking Hanukkah into the rest of the year

Rachel Lasry, Senior Writer

December 29, 2019

As Modern Orthodox Jews, we’re all well versed in the practice of combining our authentic selves with who we feel we are supposed to be. We’re constantly struggling, always forced onto the middle ground that lies between being an ordinary American teenager and being a Modern Orthodox Jew.  ...

Eight gift ideas for the eight nights

Eight gift ideas for the eight nights

Liad Machmali, Torah Editor

December 10, 2019

It’s time to get lit--literally! Hanukkah is Dec. 22 through Dec. 30. While the Festival of Lights offers the usual Jewish-holiday delicious foods -- without any guilt of course, if you read the suggestions below -- gifts are definitely a highlight as well. Whether you are shopping for a sister,...

School cracks down on pencil skirts; midis and maxis preferred

School cracks down on pencil skirts; midis and maxis preferred

Liad Machmali, Torah Editor

October 25, 2019

Shalhevet changed its girls dress code over the summer, announcing that girls would no longer be allowed to wear pencil skirts unless they are at least knee-length and worn with leggings underneath. According to the policy, which was e-mailed to families July 31 with a letter from Associate Head o...

Sukkot Lessons from Kohelet

Sukkot Lessons from Kohelet

Joshua Glettner, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

It is custom among Jews of Ashkenazi descent to read Sefer Kohelet, or Ecclesiastes, from the Ketuvim on the Shabbat of Chol Hamoed or Shemini Atzeret. But the book’s modern status emerges from a long history of controversy. The Mishna is Masechet Yadim records a debate among the ancient sages over...

Rosh Hashanah 5780: Lessons from Gan Eden

Rosh Hashanah 5780: Lessons from Gan Eden

Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

While Rosh HaShanah is mainly known as the Jewish new year, its true origin is often overlooked, which is the commemoration of Creation, and essentially the birthday of Adam and Chava. A short period after their creation, after beginning their time in Gan Eden, Adam and Chava made the drastic mistake of...

Rabbis, others demonstrate against ‘get refuser’ while he is sitting shiva

Rabbis, others demonstrate against ‘get refuser’ while he is sitting shiva

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief

August 29, 2019

Soaked from knee to toe, 40 people stood outside a shiva home on Poinsettia Place Aug. 23 to take a stand against get refusal. Inside, a man who has refused to give his wife a valid get, or religious divorce, was observing the seven days of mourning for his mother, who died earlier this month. Shiva...

SKIRTED: Why girls can’t wear pants at school

SKIRTED: Why girls can’t wear pants at school

Nicholas Fields and Clara Sandler, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 17, 2019

Shalhevet has never had an official uniform, but girls at Shalhevet have a sort of pseudo-uniform, one made up of a pencil skirt and a sweatshirt. It complies with the school dress code and is an easy outfit to put together. But just because it complies with the dress code does not mean that it is alw...

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