The Boiling Point

Can it be for God when it’s for a grade?

Can it be for God when it’s for a grade?

Lucy Fried, Torah Editor

May 7, 2018


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Enter a Shalhevet Judaic studies class at any given moment and you may hear the term “learning lishma”  or “learning for the sake of learning,” being used.  Learning for the sake of learning is a cherished value in Jewish education at Shalhevet and beyond, and an expectation of student and a...

The chametz in your closet: Mitzvot of Pesach in an age of freedom

The chametz in your closet: Mitzvot of Pesach in an age of freedom

Hannah Jannol, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2018


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

There are many things that make the nights of Passover different from all other nights. The classic examples are: On other nights we don’t dip more than once, on this night we dip twice. Instead of vegetables, we eat bitter herbs. Usually we sit upright, and on this night we recline. And of course,...

Spotlight on Sephardic community with new Torah dedication

Spotlight on Sephardic community with new Torah dedication

Sivan Karz, Staff Writer

March 9, 2018


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Shalhevet welcomed its first-ever Sephardic Torah on Feb. 15, Rosh Chodesh Adar.  After a schoolwide davening in the gym, students, faculty and family members carried the celebration into the school parking lot, where attendees paraded with the new Torah around the lot as Jewish music blasted thr...

PURIM: At the crossroads of chance and fate

PURIM: At the crossroads of chance and fate

Hannah Jannol, Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2018


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

Among the five Megillot and the five books of Moses, the story of Esther transcends in complexity and uniqueness. Most women in Chumash and the Scrolls serve as obedient accompaniment to male protagonists. A few lucky Biblical women may dominate with a plot of infertility, through which with the help of ...

Under twinkling lights, Green Team offers learning, food from garden and live performances for Tu B’Shvat

Under twinkling lights, Green Team offers learning, food from garden and live performances for Tu B’Shvat

Molly Litvak, Staff Writer

February 3, 2018


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

“The mishnah of Rosh Hashanah says that Tu B’shevat is really a technical day, the day that marks the new year for trees,”  Rabbi David Block told about 25 students and faculty on the roof Jan. 30. “The of trees needing a new year is simply a legal thing, and that we have to dedicate our first...

Parshat Bo: The message of a hardened heart

Parshat Bo: The message of a hardened heart

January 19, 2018


Filed under Divrei Torah, Top Stories, Torah

By Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer In this week’s parsha, Parshat Bo, Pharaoh agrees to release the Israelites after God begins the plagues against his nation. God realizes that Pharoah has agreed to this not because he found faith, but to stop the plagues. So God “hardened” Pharoah’s heart, the ...

Institute event explores power imbalance, modesty ‘in the age of #MeToo’

Institute event explores power imbalance, modesty ‘in the age of #MeToo’

Hannah Jannol, Editor-in-Chief

January 15, 2018


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

At a recent Shalhevet Institute event, the moderator said she had never received a good explanation of tzniut, or modesty. “It was women's job to stop men's impulses -- I haven’t heard anything else,” said Ms. Julie Fax, the mother of sophomore Neima Fax a former senior writer at the Jewish Journal, who grew up attending Orthodox schools in Los Angeles.

School replaces aging Artscroll siddurim with new Koren-Sacks

School replaces aging Artscroll siddurim with new Koren-Sacks

Sivan Karz, Staff Writer

December 22, 2017


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Shalhevet welcomed about 260 new siddurim to the school last month.  After at least 15 years of using Artscroll prayerbooks, the Judaics Studies faculty decided the new Koren siddur would be a better fit, and bought paperback copies of the Koren Sacks Weekday Siddur, Lobel Edition.

Optional extra Judaic classes extend day in both directions

Optional extra Judaic classes extend day in both directions

Clara Sandler, Community editor

November 20, 2017


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Students are opting for extra Torah study this year with three new programs outside of school hours this year: early morning learning with Rabbi Lieberman, a Sunday morning parent- child learning program led by a different Judaic faculty member each week, and small Tanakh and Talmud classes after schoo...

Sephardic minyan returns after four year hiatus

Sephardic minyan returns after four year hiatus

Eva Suissa and Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

At 7:10 a.m. Sept. 12, there was a new sound heard at Shalhevet -- the music of a Sephardic minyan. Every school day since then, about seven girls and 15 boys have met in the small Beit Midrash in Room 305. Upon entering, the boys -- who wear a tallit in addition to their tefillin -- sit in the large...

DVAR TORAH: Weinstein, ‘Lech Lecha’, and Ramban

November 5, 2017


Filed under Divrei Torah, Torah

By Ilan Bouskila, 12th Grade Early on in Parshat Lech Lecha, we encounter a very disturbing episode that hits especially hard, given what’s been circulating the news about Harvey Weinstein sexually harassing and assaulting women in the Hollywood industry. In Chapter 12 of Berei...

Slumbering in the sukkah?

Slumbering in the sukkah?

Alex Rubel, Staff Writer

October 11, 2017


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

The Gemara in Masechet Sukkah (Sukkah 28b) explains that the requirement to dwell in the sukkah during Sukkot is to make it a temporary home, which includes performing all activities that are normally done in the house in the sukkah instead. Sleeping is an activity normally done in the house.  But an...