The Boiling Point

Class helps seniors answer the ‘big questions’ — or not

Rebecca Asch, Torah Editor

March 18, 2010

JPL teacher Rabbi Ari Leubitz offers a new spin on Jewish philosophy Ten minutes into Mincha, the seventh period Jewish Philosophy and Law class is still relatively full of seniors taking a test.   “We stay through Mincha pretty often,” explains Rabbi Ari Leubitz, the teacher of the class, as he accepts a test from a student. Rabbi Leubitz teaches the senior J...

To Moshe and all of us, a call to action

Zev Hurwitz, Opinion Editor

March 18, 2010

What’s in a name? Well, if it’s the name of this week’s sedra, a lot! Parashat and Sefer Vayikra begin with a seemingly basic phrase: “And Hashem called to Moshe and he spoke to him...” (Vayikra 1:1) Immediately, the Ramban, Nachmanides, questions Hashem’s action of ‘Vayikra,’ and he called.  Why does Hashem “call” for Moshe? Aren’t God and Moshe already...

Honors Minyan tops radical new davening system

Zev Hurwitz, Opinion Editor

January 9, 2010

“I got a golden ticket!” exclaimed one girl as she ran down the hallway before breakfast Nov. 30th as she held a Hershey’s bar with a bright yellow piece of paper attached. “I got one too!” said another.  In fact, more than 40 Shalhevet students received “golden tickets” attached to chocolate bars. But these were not invitations to tour a world-famous candy...

Swine flu causes worry about kissing mezuzot

Swine flu causes worry about kissing mezuzot

January 6, 2010

This story is a National Winner in the News Story category of Quill and Scroll's 2010 International Writing and Photo Contest, judged by the American Soc...