The Boiling Point

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'?
By Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor 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, the excuse for skirting – that is, for being sent...

Does prayer work? Yes – and maybe

FOCUS: During Shacharit earlier this month, freshman Eric Bazak read the prayer for the sick as Reb Tuli Skaist looked on.  It was added earlier this year after parents of several students were diagnosed with serious illness.
By Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor 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 hovers around 160 students, everyone knew someone...

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....

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...

Students praise davening system that gives them four choices

STUDENT-LED: Boys donned tefillin during Shacharit at a recent Sephardic Minyan.  Along with girls (not shown) on the other side of the mechitzah, they are happy to pray according to their Sephardic customs.
By By Max Helfand, Staff Writer, and Mati Hurwtiz, Torah Editor 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 will move underground, to the Sephardic minyan across...

After student requests, Sephardic rabbi joins staff in multifaceted role

After student requests, Sephardic rabbi joins staff in multifaceted role
By Rose Bern, Community Editor 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 and students, who make up about half of the student...

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

By 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....

From Mishna to Philosophy, Shalhevet Teachers Also Learn

By 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...

Rare Talmud Siyum Shows Varied Styles of Learning

By 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...

What are students and staff repenting for this year?

By Mati Hurwitz, Torah Editor September 7, 2012

With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approaching, Shalhevet students and staff have begun repenting more intensely for sins they committed during the year that is ending. Rosh Hashanah is the first day of...

Kings and judges,cellphones and Facebook

By 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...

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

By 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...

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