The Boiling Point

Husband-and-wife Judaic team aims to inspire

By Nate Erez, Torah Editor

September 5, 2011

By Nate Erez, Torah Editor Mr. Tuli and Mrs. Ruthi Skaist, the new husband-and-wife Judaic Studies team, experienced their first day of school this week along with the entire ninth grade and assorted transfer students. “He’s really cool and you can tell that he really wants us to learn,” said...

Rabbi Yanklowitz offers social justice focus for senior Talmud class

By 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...

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

By 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...

Poland-Israel trip moved up to February for this year’s seniors

By Leila Miller, Editor-in-Chief, and Adam Ashkenazi, Web Editor

August 23, 2011

This year's senior Poland-Israel trip will start in February, instead of in in May as in past years. According to Facilities Director Mr. Eli Schiff, dates for the trip are Feb. 26 to March 17, 2012. Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal pressed for the change to encourage students to go to Israel for a...

Four new Judaic teachers have wide range of educational backgrounds

By 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...

After two tours of duty, it’s back home to Israel

By Jaclyn Kellner, Deputy Editor-In-Chief

June 29, 2011

Every year the first week of her Bechina Yerushalmi class, Mrs. Sabo taught Shmuel Aleph,  to give her students a connection to the Haftorah they would hear on Rosh Hashanah. What might each character be thinking and feeling, and what halachic and ethical lessons are extracted from the story?    ...

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

By 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...

Mourning in the summertime

By 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 ...

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

By 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...

There’s something special about studying on Shavuot night

By 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...

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

By 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 S...

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?

By Colleen Bazak, Chief Copy Editor

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 shmura matzo taste different from all other matzo? Why is shmura matzo so much more expensive than other matzo? And finally, if it is the only ...

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