The Boiling Point

Kings and judges,cellphones and Facebook

Yosef Nemanpour, BP Web Staff

September 7, 2012

Reminding us about temptations that distract us, Parshat Shoftim sets the tone for the season. Should we see judges as being on a higher level than ourselves? What about royalty? Or are we all subject to the same influences, and the same laws?  Parashat Shoftim, read earlier in Elul, speaks about the responsibilities of both judges and kings, and provides some answers....

Co-designer of Shalhevet’s Judaic Studies curriculum joins the faculty

Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor

September 7, 2012

By Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor An Ivy League engineer and co-author of Shalhevet’s new Judaic Studies curriculum, Rabbi David Stein is teaching Talmud and Tanach. “Rabbi David Stein is someone who represents the best in Modern Orthodoxy,” said Judaic Studies Director Mr. Noam Weissman. “He is a true Torah scholar and is equally well versed in general sciences.” “How can we n...

Parshat Ki Tetzei: Honoring Your Parents

Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor

August 31, 2012

In Parshas Ki Teitzei, Deut. 21:18-22, we see the case of a ben sorer umoreh – a son (minor) rebellious toward his parents is stoned. In fact, never in the history of the world has there existed a ben sorer umoreh and never will there be! The Torah speaks of a special case of a rebellious child that is so extreme that we don’t even know how to determine it. The...

Dvar Torah Parshas Re’eh: The power of temptation — and of resisting it

Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor

August 16, 2012

By Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor Parshas Re’eh opens up with Hashem giving the Jewish people a blessing and a curse. This blessing is to listen and observe Hashem’s commandments while the curse is punishment the Jews will receive for straying from His path and serving other gods. The opening verses (Deut. 11:26-28) really set the tone for the parsha, which goes on to...

Tisha B’av dvar Torah: Not a day to Sit and Remember

Justin Nemanpour

July 27, 2012

After completing the fourth book of the Torah, Sefer Bamidbar, We start the final book of Sefer Devarim, also known as Mishna Torah. Devarim, or Deuteronomy, is a speech given by Moshe Rabeinu, in his last five weeks of life, to all of B’nei Israel, recalling many of the past events during their wandering in the desert. The speech is delivered just before they will be entering...

Dvar Torah Matos-Masei: Getting ready to graduate

Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor

July 20, 2012

By Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor In this week’s double parsha, Matos-Masei, Bnei Yisrael is close to settling and entering Eretz Yisrael. The tribes Reuven and Gad request to settle east of the Jordan River and not to inhabit Eretz Yisrael. After Moshe grants their request, parshas Masei opens by listing all the various locations in which Bnei Yisrael traveled and camp...

Dvar Torah Parshat Pinchas

Yosef Nemanpour, 11th Grade

July 13, 2012

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” says the United States Declaration of Independence. Today, in the year 2012, Baruch Hashem, women’s rights have been continually advancing due to hard work and...

Moving through history, one yom at a time

Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor

July 13, 2012

This year at Shalhevet, we celebrated the various yoms -- the holiday days -- of the Omer appropriately. On Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, juniors and seniors broke into small tour groups at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust to learn about the various methods of capturing Jews, forcing labor upon them and a range of methods of killing and torture. Freshmen and soph...

Why do we count up for the Omer?

Mati Hurwitz, Staff Writer

July 13, 2012

The seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot, known as the period of the Omer, are filled with additional halachot (laws). We put ourselves into mourning as we commemorate the losses of many Jews over the ages at this time of year, among them Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students. Until the 33rd day of the Omer (Lag B’Omer), we refrain from getting haircuts, shaving, getting married ...

Dvar Torah Parshas Balak

Mati Hurwitz

July 6, 2012

In Parshas Balak, we see Bilaam initially team up with Balak in order to oppose Bnei Yisrael and curse them. Bnei Yisrael became a threat after they demolished the Emori at the end of Parshas Chukas, causing fear and hatred to spread, starting from the tribe of Moav. Balak’s fear grew and he sent messengers to Bilaam requesting him to come and use his powers to curse Bnei...

‘Ethical hechsher’ catches on, but slowly

‘Ethical hechsher’ catches on, but slowly

June 13, 2012

According to Judaic Studies teacher Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, all the kosher restaurants on Pico Boulevard have been invited to apply for the new Tav HaYosher,* or ethical seal, proving that they treat their workers according to ...

‘Kol isha’ has range of meanings at Modern Orthodox high schools back east

Rebecca Mandel, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 18, 2012

In other Modern Orthodox schools, there is a lack of consensus on the interpretation of kol isha. But in every case, the policy has been arrived at deliberately and with halachic support. SAR High School in Riverdale has a co-ed choir and allows the girls to have solos. “We want to give both boys and girls opportunity to express themselves through non-suggestive and appr...