The Boiling Point

About 50 students attend meeting of school’s first Sephardic minyan

Sarah Soroudi, Torah Editor

November 7, 2011

For the first time since 2001, a minyan following Sephardic practice met Thursday, Nov., 3, using the lunch room across from the cafeteria. Divided by a mechitza taken from the Beit Midrash, 26 boys and 24 girls prayed facing the Media Center wall, and the Torah was lained using Sephardic trope. Junior Jojo Fallas, whose family is Sephardic, led the davening. Students...

Sour candies, sweet Torah: Optional extra Gemara class draws freshmen

Sigal Spitzer, Staff Writer

November 5, 2011

It’s Thursday, Sept. 22, and Reb’ Noam Weissman, two seniors and eight freshman are shteiging  away – that is, learning with an eye toward spiritual growth – in the Beit Midrash, deep in study of Masechet Tanit. Meeting Period 9 every Monday and Thursday, 10 Shalhevet students are participating in an extra Gemara class voluntarily, during what otherwise would be...

Shalhevet stands alone among Orthodox high schools in letting girls carry Torah, survey finds

Rachel Lester, Managing Editor

November 3, 2011

At least in mixed minyans, nine other Modern Orthodox high schools hand the Torah scrolls to either nobody or just the boys It’s no secret that the topic of women carrying the Torah has been in heated discussion since the beginning of the school year. But Shalhevet students might be the only ones who care. A Boiling Point survey of nine other Modern Orthodox or Ortho...

Tradition may rule, but law says girls can carry the Torah

Rachel Lester, Managing Editor

November 3, 2011

‘All those who are impure, even niddot, arepermitted to hold a Torah scroll and to read from it, for the words of Torah are not susceptible totum’ah (impurity). This is provided that his hands are not filthy or dirty with mud; they should wash their hands and then touch it.’ —Rambam, Hilchhot Kriyot Shema 4:8, cited by the Shulchan Aruch   For those wh...

Ancient ritual for ‘transferring’ sins debuts on the Sport Court

November 3, 2011

On a sunny Friday afternoon, sophomore Yarden Harel was standing on the Sport Court holding a chicken upside-down, moving it in circles over his head,...

D’var Torah: The power of wine

Josh Meisel, 12th Grade

November 1, 2011

With Rosh Hashanah and Simchat Torah, we marked the beginning of both the new year and the start of the Torah once again. In the very beginning of Bereshit we see wine has a special role to play – starting with Adam Harishon, the first man. Adam’s sin was eating from the tree of knowledge, also known as the tree of good and evil – tov v’rah.  According to an opinion...

Morning davening groups still a work in progress

By Kalil Eden, Staff Writer

October 31, 2011

It’s 8:47 a.m. Bon Jovi gives the call to prayer over the speaker system as first period ends, and Shalhevet students form two groups. The upperclassmen tackle the empty stretch of hallway toward the Beit Midrash, while the underclassmen head to the Media Center. In the Media Center, squeezed into tight rows under a low ceiling, ninth- and 10th-grade voices fill the room....

Everything’s different for new Honors Tanach teacher, Ms. Atara Segal

Jacob Elspas, Staff Writer

October 31, 2011

Ms. Atara Segal, new 9th grade Honors Tanach teacher, is looking forward to teaching and living in the Los Angeles environment this year. “Everything is very different, especially the students,” Ms. Segal remarked. “They each have their own unique way of looking at one topic.” Ms. Segal is the wife of new head of school, Rabbi Ari Segal. They moved with their...

Rabbi Segal OKs school’s first Sephardic minyan

By Kalil Eden, Staff Writer

October 28, 2011

Weeks of discussion and debate were apparently resolved yesterday when Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal approved a student-generated plan to create a Sephardic minyan where neither girls nor boys would carry the Torah scroll among the students. (See video report here.) His decision followed an after-school meeting held Tuesday with Judaic Curriculum Coordinator Noam Weissm...

Sephardic Minyan approved; no changes to Ashkenazic minyans

Sephardic Minyan approved; no changes to Ashkenazic minyans

October 28, 2011

Weeks of discussion and debate were apparently resolved Oct. 27 when Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal approved a student-generated plan to create a Sephardic...

Meeting yesterday began process of minyan decisions, Rabbi Segal says

Meeting yesterday began process of minyan decisions, Rabbi Segal says

October 26, 2011

Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal held an after-school meeting Tuesday to begin a process through which he plans to decide whether to start a Sephardic minyan...

Kaparot: Ancient ritual for ‘transferring’ sins debuts on the Sport Court

Sarah Soroudi, Torah Editor

October 10, 2011

On a sunny Friday afternoon, sophomore Yarden Harel was standing on the Sport Court holding a chicken upside-down, moving it in circles over his head, and reading what seemed to be an incantation. “Zeh chalifati, zeh tamarati, zeh kaparati.” Yarden said. “This is my exchange, this is my substitute, this is my expiation…” No, it wasn’t a lesson on kashrut ...