The Boiling Point

Are gifts meant for Chanukah?

Adam Kellner, Staff Writer

December 22, 2011

To give or not to give? This question has been around for generations and has haunted me every time December rolls around. Should we give and receive presents on Hanukkah? Isn’t it just a response to Christmas and its tradition of exchanging gifts? Won’t presents just take away from the essence of...

Three rabbis, many opinions at second Modern Orthodox Symposium

Sarah Soroudi, Torah Editor

December 2, 2011

In a packed Beit Midrash, three prominent rabbis in the community answered questions Wednesday afternoon on a variety of topics such as women carrying the Torah, how many days of Yom Tov to keep, and their vision for the Los Angeles Jewish community of the future. Rabbi Elazar Muskin of Young Israel...

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...

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 particip...

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 one...

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...

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

Sarah Soroudi, Torah Editor

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, and reading what seemed to be an incantation: “Zeh chalifati, zeh tamarati, zeh kaparati.” Yarden said. “This is my exchange, this is my subst...

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...

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...

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...

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 Judai...

Sephardic Minyan approved; no changes to Ashkenazic minyans

Sephardic Minyan approved; no changes to Ashkenazic minyans

Kalil Eden, Staff Writer

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 minyan where neither girls nor boys would carry the Torah scroll among the students. His decision followed an after-school meeting held two days...

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