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Some variety in how Modern Orthodox schools see tefillin issue

Some variety in how Modern Orthodox schools see tefillin issue
By Noah Rothman, Torah Editor November 16, 2013

Out of six other Modern Orthodox high schools contacted by The Boiling Point, only one has ever allowed women to wrap tefillin at school, and that was 20 years ago.  A second wouldn’t say because it...

Girls will not wear tefillin at Shalhevet, Rabbi Segal decides

CONTROVERSY: Freshman Zev Kent expresses opinion at Town Hall Oct. 31.
By Noah Rothman, Staff Writer November 16, 2013

Three weeks after his initial email raising the question to the Shalhevet community, Rabbi Segal announced Nov. 14 that he would not let female students wrap tefillin and wear tallit at Shacharit, but...

Complete text of Rabbi Segal’s decision regarding girls wearing tefillin at Shalhevet

November 16, 2013

Dear Shalhevet Community:The debate and discussion generated surrounding the issue of a woman putting on tefillin at Shalhevet...

Lively Town Hall debate explores whether girls should be allowed to wear tefillin at school

EVIDENCE: Junior Mati Hurwitz opened the debate with things he learned in Judaic Studies classes.
By Noah Rothman, Staff Writer November 16, 2013

Should Shalhevet allow women to wrap tefillin and wear tallit during Shacharit? This question began floating around Shalhevet on Oct. 25, when Rabbi Ari Segal, Head of School, put it into his weekly...

Rabbi Segal to announce decision on girls wearing tefillin tonight

CONTROVERSY: Freshman Zev Kent expresses opinion at Town Hall Oct. 31.
By Noah Rothman, Torah Editor November 14, 2013

Three weeks after his initial email raising the question to the Shalhevet community, Rabbi Segal announced last night that he would not let female students wrap tefillin and wear tallit at Shacharit. “Ultimately,...

New Hashkama Minyan offers prayers at sunrise — and free time after 1st period

EARLY: It's not quite light out as sophomore Joseph Schnitzer leads Shacharit at the Hashkama Minyan, which starts at 7:25 a.m. in the Beit Midrash.
November 2, 2013

By Eric Bazak, Staff Writer     It's 7:25 am. The classes are empty and the halls are quiet. But the Beit Midrash is filled with people and prayer as a result of the recently established "Hashkama"...

New Judaic Studies teacher brings Hassidic views

New Judaic Studies teacher brings Hassidic views
October 14, 2013

By Mati Hurwitz, Torah EditorWith enthusiasm and a love of music and Torah, new Judaic Studies teacher Reb Derek Gormin wears many hats -- even a shtreimel. In his first-ever classroom teaching position,...

With the year’s new class assignments, Mrs. Atara Segal becomes the first woman to teach Gemara in an Orthodox high school in LA

SCHOLAR: Mrs. Segal began studying Gemara after high school and first taught the subject in Houston.
By Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor October 8, 2013

Breaking barriers at least in Los Angeles, Judaic Studies teacher Mrs. Atara Segal became the first woman teaching Gemara in an LA Orthodox high school this fall when she added a 10th-grade Talmud track...

SUKKOT: Why be happy?

BEAUTY: Senior Yosef Nemanpour spent Wednesday putting the finishing touches on his family's sukkah, above.
September 16, 2013

By Yosef Nemanpour 12th grade We have all learned that Sukkot is less commonly referred to as z'man simchateinu, or time of our happiness. We know that it is a mitzvah to build a sukkah; we know that...

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

TEKIAH: Students said they feel awe and amazement along with gratefulness, reflection and repentance when they 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, the hope for the coming of the Messiah, or even...

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 will be healed.”   Miriam Arnan:...

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,...

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