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SUBDUED: The atmosphere in shuls like the Happy Minyan on Pico Boulevard, pictured here on Oct. 6 before the holiday started, was restrained on Simchat Torah. Communities quelled the usually joyful holiday, taking the day’s events into account.

From Israel to Pico, Hamas terror flipped the switch on happiest holiday of the year

By Arieh Elad, Torah Editor
December 7, 2023

In both Los Angeles and Israel, whether they went out to rejoice in the holiday or stayed in, everyone agreed that this year’s...

HOLIDAY: Yom Kippur Starts tonight at sundown. The fast begins tonight at 6:29 p.m. and end tomorrow night at 7:23 p.m. (Times for 90036, chabad.org)

Yom Kippur: Are you a little bit Yonah?

By Arieh Elad, Torah Editor
September 24, 2023

We are cleansed of our sins on Yom Kippur when we confess, when we apologize, and when we forgive ourselves. The process of teshuva...

On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, it’s customary to eat a fruit you haven’t eaten in a while. The reason is to be sure that there is something to celebrate with a bracha.

Fruit and forgiveness: For Rosh Hashanah, an unexpected connection

By Jonah Delson, 10th Grade
September 15, 2023

“A life lived without forgiveness is a prison,” said William Arthur Ward, an American motivational writer. That’s pretty...

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...

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...

LEARN: Rabbi Simon bar Yochai and his son studied in a cave for 12 years, fed only by a carob tree outside.

Lag B’Omer: Plagues and renewal, then and now

By Yael Schechter, 11th Grade
May 19, 2022

Lag BaOmer is a joyous holiday that takes place on the 33rd day of the omer – the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot,...

SUNSET: The first two days of Pesach Yom Tov begin tonight at 7:07 pm and end Sunday at 8:05 pm.

Connecting to Pesach

By Eliana Kerendian, 11th Grade
April 15, 2022

“In every generation, a person must regard himself as though he personally had gone out of Egypt” (Mishnah Pesachim 10:5)....

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 5, 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...

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...

MEANING: The real message of the lights is that Gods 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...

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...

Which Purim Character are You?

Which Purim Character are You?

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor
March 10, 2020

It’s that time of the year again, when all Jews finally get to wear the discounted costumes they purchased back in November...

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