The Boiling Point

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 ...

Girls will no longer carry Torah at junior-senior minyan

Kalil Eden, Staff Writer, and Sarah Soroudi, Torah Editor

October 7, 2011

Shalhevet rabbis yesterday authorized a group of junior boys to lead the Beit Midrash minyan in Sephardic nusach on Mondays and Thursdays, and the boys indicated that girls would not be carrying the Torah. In a move that came as a surprise after weeks of open debate over the issue, Judaic Studies Principal Rabbi Ari Leubitz said he wanted to allow a service that followed...

Shofar replays an ancient wakeup call

Tamar WIllis, Sports Editor, and Sarah Soroudi, Torah Editor

September 10, 2011

The echoey, timeless sound of the shofar ended Shacharit services every day during Elul, and rang loudly in synagogues throughout Los Angeles and the world last week during services for Rosh Hashanah. At Shalhevet, Mr. Yossie Frankel, ninth-grade physics teacher and Director of Technology, carried out the responsibility of blowing the shofar at both the freshman-sophomore...

Rabbi Yanklowitz offers social justice focus for senior Talmud class

Liat Bainvoll, Staff Writer, and Leila MIller, Editor-in-Chief

August 27, 2011

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz gave his senior Honors Talmud class an unusual assignment on the first day of school: to find and interview a homeless person. It was the first clue that Rabbi Yanklowitz, also the Senior Jewish Educator at UCLA, would infuse a strong social justice element to the learning. When he's not teaching, Rabbi Yanklowitz, whose wife Shoshana is a nurse,...

Mrs. Frankel wins Federation’s “Next Big Jewish Idea” competition with “Launchbox” idea

Nate Erez, Torah Editor

August 27, 2011

For those of us who study Tanach, Gemarah and Jewish philosophy for several hours every day, the notion that Judaism could fit into a box might seem a bit surprising. But to Los Angeles’ Jewish Federation, teacher Batsheva Frankel’s concept of putting Judaism into a box might just be the next big thing. Mrs. Frankel, who taught Tanach starting last year and now is also...

Four new Judaic teachers have wide range of educational backgrounds

Leila Miller, Outside News Editor

June 29, 2011

Three rabbis and one rebbetzin,  whose backgrounds include studies at Harvard, Columbia, Yeshiva University, Stern College and Israeli yeshivot, are among the replacements for five departing Judaic Studies faculty members. Rabbi Ari Segal, head of school as of August 1, introduced the new teachers in an e-mail sent to the Shalhevet community June 17. Although they are all...

A day for love, and being seen for who you are

Jaclyn Kellner, Deputy Editor-In-Chief

June 29, 2011

  Erev Yom Kippur will be Oct. 12 this year, but Tu B’Av will take place over the summer – on Aug. 15, a Monday, six days after the mournful fast day of Tisha B’Av. Tu B’Av, the 15th day of Av, is by contrast a day of almost giddy happiness, recalling days the beginning of the grape harvest and also a day when sins that had been punished by bans on marriage were...

Mourning in the summertime

Jaclyn Kellner, Deputy Editor-In-Chief

June 28, 2011

The Three Weeks: It's summer. Long sunny days are followed by warm summer nights as we freely explore the outdoors. Shabbat magically goes on forever. And we students take two months to breathe, to sleep, to have fun and to recharge our batteries for the challenging year ahead. In the middle of this wondrous season falls a three-week period of mourning for all Jews, wh...

13th Grade: An Israel gap year of many worlds and viewpoints

Lexi Gelb, BP Emeritus

June 3, 2011

As I write this article from my dorm room in Jerusalem, my favorite poster is smiling down on me. It is a big red poster featuring a photo of PM Bibi Netanyahu with bunny ears positioned haphazardly atop his balding head. Below it hangs an advertisement that I picked up in Ramallah encouraging me to join The Palestinian Circus School. Other adornments include the Chanukah...

There’s something special about studying on Shavuot night

Josh Meisel, 11th Grade

June 3, 2011

Everyone knows about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover, but many don’t know about the true beauty of Shavuot. As we all know, at the start of Shavuot, it is the custom of many to stay up and learn Torah. We wonder why we do this. The midrash goes that B’nai Yisrael woke up late on the day of matan Torah (the giving of the Torah). How crazy is that?! So we stay up ...

Sh’koyach! After-school club serves Torah, brisket

Rachel Lester, Features Editor

June 3, 2011

“Sh’koyach,” casually meaning “congratulations” or “good job,” isn’t just a popular Shalhevet expression anymore. It’s the name of school’s newest club, and the first mishmar the school has seen in three years. “We need a more  yeshivish idealogy,” said sophomore Daniel Schwartz, who speerheaded the project. “We need more Judaism in the school....

A matter of intent: How is shmurah matzo different from all other matzo?

A matter of intent: How is shmurah matzo different from all other matzo?

April 18, 2011

Four questions: How is shmura matzo different from all other matzo? Why is shmura matzo the only matzo used during the Pesach seder? Why does shmur...