The Boiling Point

BP POLL: What do you think about when you hear the shofar?

BP POLL: What do you think about when you hear the shofar?

September 9, 2013

A shofar is a ram’s horn that has a lot of history, dating back even to the time of Abraham. It can symbolize the cries of pain of the Jewish nation,...

BP POLL: What do you think about when you hear the blasts of the shofar?

BP POLL: What do you think about when you hear the blasts of the shofar?

September 9, 2013

By Max Helfand, Staff Writer; Laly Chriki, 10th grade; and Alec Fields, 9th grade   Freshmen   Nicole Miles: “That everybody’s sicknesses wil...

Summer: A time for mitzvot your own way

June 21, 2013

By Yosef Nemanpour, 11th Grade There’s a story from the Ponevezher rav, who was a giant in the field of collecting money for charity. He would singlehandedly raise money for multiple charities, yeshivot and seminaries. One day as he goes from donor to donor, through a list of his helpful high-rolling patrons, he knocks on one door expecting the same elderly man...

Dress code skirt crackdown was about covering the ‘shok’ — but what is a ‘shok’?

Dress code skirt crackdown was about covering the ‘shok’ — but what is a ‘shok’?

June 21, 2013

For the last three weeks of school, female students were getting skirted in the morning, and not necessarily for halachic reasons. In the past, t...

Does prayer work?  Yes – and maybe

Does prayer work? Yes – and maybe

May 14, 2013

In the opening weeks of school last fall, at least five students learned that a parent was suffering from some form of cancer. Since enrollment at Shalhevet hov...

The Omer: Spiritual preparing for Matan Torah

May 12, 2013

By Yosef Nemanpour, 11th Grade After centuries of persecution in Mitzrayim, followed by a Las Vegas-style show of plagues, the Jews finally hit the climax of their journey, the receiving of the Torah. It’s the guidebook of their lives, the holiest thing in their religion, and a blueprint for humanity. The question is this: how could the Jews have reached such a level to...

Girls are leading Morning Blessings in the Main Minyan

February 2, 2013

By Rose Bern, Community Editor For the past year, girls have been leading the Birkot Hashachar, or Morning Blessings, in the main minyan in the Beit Midrash. Former Judaic Studies principal Rabbi Ari Leubitz quietly instituted this tradition a year ago and the current administration continues to support it. “We instituted it last year for the girls to take the lea...

Students praise davening system that gives them four choices

Students praise davening system that gives them four choices

November 10, 2012

It’s Monday morning after first period and students disperse to four locations. Most head towards the Beit Midrash for the main Ashkenaz Minyan. Some...

After student requests, Sephardic rabbi joins staff in multifaceted role

After student requests, Sephardic rabbi joins staff in multifaceted role

October 19, 2012

After several years of not having a Sephardic Rabbi, Shalhevet last week welcomed Rabbi Aharon Assaraf, new leader and go-to guy for the Sephardic minyan...

Alumni Dvar Torah: Returning to our Hearts, and to Israel

Josh Meisel

September 15, 2012

BS”D Parshat Nitzavim By Josh Meisel, '12 This week's Parsha contains the concept of teshuva in it. The Rambam actually uses the psukim in the parsha as the source for the mitzvah of Teshuva. In Perek 30, the root of the word Teshuva is used a few times. In one context it says: V’hashevota el levavecha (30, 1). It says you shall return to your heart. Then it say...

From Mishna to Philosophy, Shalhevet Teachers Also Learn

Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor

September 9, 2012

By Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor Reb Tuli Skaist is the only person on the Shalhevet Staff learning Daf Yomi, having made the commitment to join in the new worldwide reading when it began earlier this summer, as did this writer.   He describes his personal commitment to Daf Yomi as “a system for me to finish Shas -- to reach that goal.” “Sometimes it’s hard to ...

Rare Talmud Siyum Shows Varied Styles of Learning

Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor

September 9, 2012

Why was only one Shalhevet student -- the author of this article -- at the Daf Yomi Siyum Hashas, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown Aug. 1? Three thousand other L.A. Orthodox Jews were there – including students or rabbis from YULA High School, Maimonides Academy, Beth Jacob Congregation and Young Israel of Century City -- all celebrating the completion by...