The Boiling Point

Eight gift ideas for the eight nights

IDEAS: This year, why give the usual? And your dog deserves a gift, too.

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor

December 10, 2019

It’s time to get lit--literally! Hanukkah is Dec. 22 through Dec. 30. While the Festival of Lights offers the usual Jewish-holiday delicious foods -- without any guilt of course, if you read the suggestions below -- gifts are definitely a highlight as well. Whether you are shopping for a sister,...

School cracks down on pencil skirts; midis and maxis preferred

LONGER:  Freshmen Amalia Abecassis, Zoe Miller and Tehilla Fishman worked on a class project last month. This year, girls are wearing midi, maxi and uniform skirts after Shalhevet changed its dress code to ban knee-length pencil skirts.

By Liad Machmali, Torah Editor

October 25, 2019

Shalhevet changed its girls dress code over the summer, announcing that girls would no longer be allowed to wear pencil skirts unless they are at least knee-length and worn with leggings underneath. According to the policy, which was e-mailed to families July 31 with a letter from Associate Head o...

Sukkot Lessons from Kohelet

Sukkot Lessons from Kohelet

By Joshua Glettner, Staff Writer

October 11, 2019

It is custom among Jews of Ashkenazi descent to read Sefer Kohelet, or Ecclesiastes, from the Ketuvim on the Shabbat of Chol Hamoed or Shemini Atzeret. But the book’s modern status emerges from a long history of controversy. The Mishna is Masechet Yadim records a debate among the ancient sages over...

Rosh Hashanah 5780: Lessons from Gan Eden

Rosh Hashanah 5780: Lessons from Gan Eden

By Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

While Rosh HaShanah is mainly known as the Jewish new year, its true origin is often overlooked, which is the commemoration of Creation, and essentially the birthday of Adam and Chava. A short period after their creation, after beginning their time in Gan Eden, Adam and Chava made the drastic mistake of...

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.

By 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..

By 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.

By 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.

By 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

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.

By 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 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?

By 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...

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