The Boiling Point

Dvar Torah: Parshat Vayigash says to balance Judaism with living in society

Eric Lunzer, 9th Grade

December 31, 2010

In Parshat Vayigash, when Yosef hears that his father Yaakov is ill, he brings his children Ephraim and Menashe over to Yaakov to receive blessings. However, Yaakov doesn’t immediately recognize his own grandchildren and blesses them only after Yosef confirms that Ephraim and Menashe are his sons. But...

Friend’s birthday coming up? Try out the school’s oven

Jaclyn Kellner, Deputy Editor

December 31, 2010

After many whispered “happy birthdays,” hidden celebrations and confiscated cakes, Shalhevet has quietly begun to offer a more personal alternative to baking for friends than purchasing a cake from a bakery. Students are now allowed to bake in Shalhevet’s kitchen after school, as long as they give...

Parashat Chayei Sara: The camels that wouldn’t munch

Eric Lunzer, 9th Grade

November 1, 2010

In parashat Chayei Sara, Avraham’s servant Eliezer arrives in Aram Naharayim and brings his camels to a well, where he prays to encounter a suitable wife for Yitzchak.  The parsha says that the camels, which belong to Avraham, stand out from the others; this is how Rivka knows that they’re not loca...

Rigor and relevancy: New Judaic curriculum replaces AGT classes

Jenny Newman, Staff Columnist

September 10, 2010

“What is unique about Shalhevet students?” That is the question Rabbi Ari Leubitz sat down to ponder  after becoming Judaic Studies Principal in May. It was related to a question he’d been pondering for a long time about Modern Orthodox education. The answer became an overhaul of Shalhevet’s...

YULA’s Rabbi Etshalom to teach Modern Orthodoxy to seniors

Jenny Newman, Staff Columnist

August 30, 2010

The six degrees of separation between Shalhevet and YULA have just decreased. Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, who is entering his 14th year teaching at our rival school, has joined the Shalhevet faculty. Rabbi Etshalom is teaching a senior class called Contemporary Modern Orthodoxy, which will explore the...

PARASHAT KI TAVO: Tithing for the Levites

Zev Hurwitz, Editor-in-Chief

August 29, 2010

Torah portion for the week of August 25 Parashat Ki Tavo opens with the commandment for Bnai Yisrael to separate two tithes, or 10-percent portions, of yearly produce to donate to the Leviim. However, only some of the tithes must be given to the Leviim; the others, designated “second tithe” or ma...

After six years of teaching, coaching and telling stories, Rabbi Parry says goodbye

After six years of teaching, coaching and telling stories, Rabbi Parry says goodbye

Rebecca Asch, Torah Editor

July 1, 2010

A math teacher is going through airport security to go see her family out of state when she is suddenly stopped and searched. Why? She was carrying instruments of Math Instruction (cue comic drums). Any student who has ever been taught by Rabbi Aaron Parry knows this joke as a distinctive “Rabbi...

Parshat Chukat: Holiness and community, drop by drop

Zev Hurwitz, Acting Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2010

Having just dealt with the revolt of Korach, Moshe and Aharon are faced in Parshat Chukat with a new wide scale issue: a lack of water. Bnei Yisrael approaches the brothers to complain of dehydration: “Why have you brought the congregation of Hashem to this wilderness to die there…there is no...

Mr. Meyerson explores new professions

Mr. Meyerson explores new professions

Zev Hurwitz, Acting Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2010

Mr. Gabriel Meyerson will be leaving at the end of this academic year after a year of teaching a Jewish History and Middle East and Holocaust studies as well as Hebrew language.  He is planning to leave teaching and explore other career opportunities. During his stay at Shalhevet, Mr. Meyerson was...

Rabbis Seidenfeld and Ovadia, leaving part-time positions, will remember students

Zev Hurwitz, Acting Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2010

Shalhevet’s Judaic department will lose two familiar part-time teachers at the end of this year. Rabbis Shlomo Seidenfeld and Haim Ovadia will both return full time to their primary careers. Rabbi Seidenfeld, a full time real estate agent, was brought in the middle of the 2008-2009 school year where...

Parshat Bamidbar: Like Grains Of Sand…

Zev Hurwitz, Opinion Editor

May 23, 2010

In the early months of this year, hundreds of advertisements were plastered around Los Angeles advocating that residents fill out their 2010 Census forms. “How can we know how many hospitals to build if we don’t know how many people we have?” one billboard poses to passersby on Fairfax Blvd. A...

NY vote opens school debate on whether Orthodox should ordain women rabbis

NY vote opens school debate on whether Orthodox should ordain women rabbis

Rebecca Asch, Torah Editor

May 23, 2010

Women rabbis. Some people cringe at the idea. Some leap out of their chairs in excitement. So of course, in a classic expression of Shalhevet’s love for controversy, it was the Town Hall topic April 29. At a conference in New York April 27, the Rabbinical Council of America approved a resolution...

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