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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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