The Boiling Point

Rabbis, others demonstrate against ‘get refuser’ while he is sitting shiva

PROTEST: From left, Shalhevet faculty Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, Dr. Jonathan Ravanshenas, Mr. Chris St. Germaine, and Rabbi David Block stood outside a home on Poinsettia Place in Hancock Park to support Lonna Ralbag’s right to a get, or religious Jewish divorce,  Aug. 23. Agunah activist Rabbi Jeremy Stern joined them, at right.

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief

August 29, 2019

Soaked from knee to toe, 40 people stood outside a shiva home on Poinsettia Place Aug. 23 to take a stand against get refusal. Inside, a man who has refused to give his wife a valid get, or religious divorce, was observing the seven days of mourning for his mother, who died earlier this month. Shiva...

SKIRTED: Why girls can’t wear pants at school

EFFORT: Girls at a recent Town Hall showed the problem with modesty and skirts. They are required at Orthodox schools around the U.S..

Nicholas Fields and Clara Sandler, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 17, 2019

Shalhevet has never had an official uniform, but girls at Shalhevet have a sort of pseudo-uniform, one made up of a pencil skirt and a sweatshirt. It complies with the school dress code and is an easy outfit to put together. But just because it complies with the dress code does not mean that it is alw...

Shavuot in Jerusalem: Anticipation rewarded, then and now

CONNECTED: In ancient times, Jews came from all over Israel to pray at the temple in Jerusalem. Today, praying there on any day can bring feelings of unity across time.

Clara Sandler, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 12, 2019

The morning I flew to Israel, I woke up at 6:20 am even though my alarm was not supposed to go off until 7:15. The anticipation boiled through me as I finally was going to the country I had heard and learned so much about -- my homeland. I did not sleep at all during the four-hour flight from Warsa...

Waking up early to learn something different

YERUSHALMI: Sophomore Josh Glettner was one of three studying  Masechet Brachot of Talmud Yerushalmi with Rabbi Lieberman, learning a different kind of Talmud.

Liad Machmali, Staff Writer

June 8, 2019

From the start of the school year all the way until the end, every weekday at 7.a.m., three students met with Rabbi Abraham Lieberman to explore a piece of Gemara they might otherwise never have learned. The students -- sophomore Josh Glettner and juniors Joseph Klores and Abraham Czuker -- finished ...

Purim talent show brought community together with costumes, nerves and cheers

<strong><span style=AMERICAN: Jewish History teacher Mr. Jeremy Shine put on an act in which he took on the characteristics of an American. Through using what he understood of Americans, he was able to impersonate them. " />

Shani Shaham, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

Freshman Victory Fuchs sat anxiously in her seat as she waited to be called up to the stage in front of the whole school last month for the Purim Talent Show. She’s been studying singing for five years and had practiced her aria, “Je Veux Vivre” from Charles Gounod’s five-act opera Romeo et...

To glimpse the future, hear the youngest at your own table

To glimpse the future, hear the youngest at your own table

By Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

Walt Disney once said, “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of children.”  But perhaps you are thinking that at your Passover Seder, the younger children are somewhat of a nuisance -- the loud, obnoxious sound that comes with that large grape juice spill occurring at the far end of the...

Getting paid on Shabbat: The work is fun, but is it legal?

Getting paid on Shabbat: The work is fun, but is it legal?

Lucy Fried, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2019

On a typical Shabbat morning in a typical synagogue in Los Angeles, dozens of small children are chatting and giggling, playing with toys and drinking apple juice. They stop to sing a teenage-led Shacharit, and after several hours are picked up by their parents. With them are mostly religious high s...

Adar 2: Fix the system, don’t discard it

Adar 2: Fix the system, don't discard it

March 3, 2019

By Joshua H. Glettner, 10th grade Imagine you have a perfect system for completing all your work and always studying exactly enough to succeed. But what if you fail a test, and the system seems not to work. Do you toss it away? Do you change it? Or do you keeping going on as if nothing happened? Judaism has th...

Tu B’Shvat: Your reflection in the fruit

BEGINNING: Buds began to swell on an apple tree in Pico-Robertson today -- Jan. 21, which in the Hebrew calendar was Tu B'shvat.

Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer

January 21, 2019

In a sense, we are evaluating the potential of the tree on this first day of its new year, while reflecting on its previous year, and can likewise be evaluating our own past and potential improvement in the future.

Poll shows most students believe in God, search for meaning

Nicholas Fields, Torah Editor

December 3, 2018

For most Shalhevet students, belief in God is a given, and after they’ve been here for a while, they are likely to believe in God even more. That’s what an anonymous paper poll of 104 students, taken on Oct. 26 during breakfast, showed when students responded to questions about their belief in...

The Torah by heart: Students lain professionally in local shuls

<strong><span style=CHANT: Senior Jeremy Ashagian chanted from the Torah scroll as Rabbi David Block followed along watching for errors. Many students know how to do this, and a few do it professionally on a regular basis at synagogues like B’nai David-Judea and Young Israel of North Beverly Hills." />

Clara Sandler, Co-Editor-In-Chief

October 24, 2018

For most people who learn how to chant from a Torah scroll, it’s a skill to use for their bar or bat mitzvah -- something they either will never do it again or do only when that same parsha comes around each year. However, for four of this year’s seniors, laining has become a part of everyday...

Rabbanit tells senior girls: ‘We need you within the Torah world’

<span style= Meeting during Period E in Room 304, Rabbanit Henkin said future leaders of Jewish learning would come from today’s talmidot, or female students of Torah. " />

Lucy Fried, Co-Editor-In-Chief

October 23, 2018

'In the 12th century, there was no holiday of Simchat Torah. In the 14th century, it was celebrated in part by pre-bar-mitzvah-age children lighting bonfires from stolen parts of their sukkot -- a minhag, or custom, which quickly faded out of practice. And by the 16th century, Simchat Torah celebr...

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