The Boiling Point

For Shalhevet this spring, a half-Hallel

For Shalhevet this spring, a half-Hallel

Zev Hurwitz, Opinion Editor

March 24, 2010

The Artscroll siddur very clearly explains that the Hallel recited on Rosh Chodesh and the last six days of Pesach is a condensed version where several paragraphs of text are omitted. Because it is only a minhag, or custom to say Hallel on these days, two paragraphs are not recited to differentiate those...

From hugs to handshakes, struggling with ‘shomer’

From hugs to handshakes, struggling with ‘shomer’

Lexi Gelb, Editor-in-Chief

March 18, 2010

As senior Doreen Cohen and Josh Chowaiki – a sophomore who’s the younger brother of her friend Joey – embraced in a hug between classes Feb. 11, Tanach teacher Rabbi Richler was visibly distraught. “Hey, you!” he yelled across the hallway in his signature comic nasal tone. “Get your hands off...

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, a...

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...

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...

Swine flu causes worry about kissing mezuzot

Swine flu causes worry about kissing mezuzot

Zev Hurwitz, Torah Editor

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 Society of News Editors. A mezuzah affixed to the doorframe of a home is meant to protect the home’s inhabitants.  But could having a mezuzah be detr...

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