The Boiling Point

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

By 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...

D’var Torah: The power of wine

By 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...

Morning davening groups still a work in progress

By 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...

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

By 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,”...

Rabbi Segal OKs school’s first Sephardic minyan

By 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...

Sephardic Minyan approved; no changes to Ashkenazic minyans

Sephardic Minyan approved; no changes to Ashkenazic minyans
By 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...

Meeting yesterday began process of minyan decisions, Rabbi Segal says

Meeting yesterday began process of minyan decisions, Rabbi Segal says
By Kalil Eden, Staff Writer 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 and, if so, whether girls would be allowed to...

Blocking of girls from carrying Torah fails to materialize at first Sephardic-run junior-senior minyan

By Kalil Eden, Staff Writer October 11, 2011

Last Monday morning's Torah service was lained by Jojo Fallas in distinctive Sephardic trope. And as in previous minyans, a girl -- this time, senior Leah Katz -- marched the Torah up the girls' side of...

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

By 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...

Girls will no longer carry Torah at junior-senior minyan

By 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...

For Rabbi Schwarzberg, it’s back to school — on purpose

By Nate Erez, Torah Editor September 12, 2011

Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg is no stranger to being a student. He earned his s’micha (ordination) at Yeshiva University and spent the last two years at Harvard University’s divinity program earning his...

Shofar replays an ancient wakeup call

By 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...

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