The Boiling Point

Getting paid on Shabbat: The work is fun, but is it legal?

Getting paid on Shabbat: The work is fun, but is it legal?

March 8, 2019

On a typical Shabbat morning in a typical synagogue in Los Angeles, dozens of small children are chatting and giggling, playing with toys and drinking app...

Adar 2: Fix the system, don’t discard it

Adar 2: Fix the system, don’t discard it

March 3, 2019

By Joshua H. Glettner, 10th grade Imagine you have a perfect system for completing all your work and always studying exactly enough to succeed. But wh...

Tu B’Shvat: Your reflection in the fruit

Tu B’Shvat: Your reflection in the fruit

January 21, 2019

In a sense, we are evaluating the potential of the tree on this first day of its new year, while reflecting on its previous year, and can likewise be evaluating our own past and potential improvement in the future.

Poll shows most students believe in God, search for meaning

Poll shows most students believe in God, search for meaning

December 3, 2018

For most Shalhevet students, belief in God is a given, and after they’ve been here for a while, they are likely to believe in God even more. That’s...

The Torah by heart: Students lain professionally in local shuls

The Torah by heart: Students lain professionally in local shuls

October 24, 2018

For most people who learn how to chant from a Torah scroll, it’s a skill to use for their bar or bat mitzvah -- something they either will never do it...

Rabbanit tells senior girls: ‘We need you within the Torah world’

Rabbanit tells senior girls: ‘We need you within the Torah world’

October 23, 2018

'In the 12th century, there was no holiday of Simchat Torah. In the 14th century, it was celebrated in part by pre-bar-mitzvah-age children lighting...

Fairness imposes penalties for missing davening

Fairness imposes penalties for missing davening

October 9, 2018

In response to a greater number of students ditching davening (prayer) last year, the Fairness Committee wrote a stricter policy regarding davening attendance,...

Ms. Segal is first female teacher to get Jewish title at school

Ms. Segal is first female teacher to get Jewish title at school

October 4, 2018

Yoetzet Halacha Atara Segal is Shalhevet’s first female Judaic faculty member to have a title other than Ms. or Morah, but neither she nor her husband,...

Her training completed, Yoetzet Segal finds new ways to teach and relate to students, female and male

Her training completed, Yoetzet Segal finds new ways to teach and relate to students, female and male

October 3, 2018

This story won a Best of SNO award. Last month in Israel, Ms. Atara Segal, who has been teaching Tanakh, Talmud, and Statistics for seven years, completed t...

In varying sounds of the shofar, new opportunities and a fresh start

In varying sounds of the shofar, new opportunities and a fresh start

September 9, 2018

Rosh Hashanah is one of my favorite holidays, as it reminds me that I have a new year ahead of me full of new experiences, challenges and successes. It...

Teachers using ‘daf aleph’ give students a chance to check in

Teachers using ‘daf aleph’ give students a chance to check in

May 22, 2018

When reading the Talmud it is easy to notice that the book opens with daph bet, or page two. But rather than a typographical decision, teachers at Shalhevet and elsewhere believe that there is a deeper meaning that can be gained.