The Boiling Point

Optional extra Judaic classes extend day in both directions

Optional extra Judaic classes extend day in both directions

November 20, 2017

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,...

Sephardic minyan returns after four year hiatus

Sephardic minyan returns after four year hiatus

November 6, 2017

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 ...

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 Bereishit, the parsha reads: As [Avram] was about to enter Egypt, he said to...

Slumbering in the sukkah?

Slumbering in the sukkah?

October 11, 2017

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 incl...

YOM KIPPUR: Someone else we should forgive

September 29, 2017

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a day for repentance, atonement, forgiveness. But something has always bothered me about that, ...

YOM KIPPUR: Tips for an easy fast

YOM KIPPUR: Tips for an easy fast

September 28, 2017

Entering my fourth time fasting fully on Yom Kippur, and knowing that I'm always nervous and overwhelmed by it, I've made a list of helpful do’s and dont’s ...

Not just apples and honey: Sephardic Rosh Hashanah

Not just apples and honey: Sephardic Rosh Hashanah

September 19, 2017

The beginning of the New Year is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start again. Aware of life’s complexities and that no year is ever going to be perfect, Jewish tradition offers us the opportunity to begin anew, with the hope that any negativity from our past will be wiped away, and that we will hopefully avoid all potential negativity in the coming year.

Something a little calmer for a teacher who dives with sharks

Something a little calmer for a teacher who dives with sharks

September 18, 2017

You may not see new Judaic Studies teacher Ramie Smith every day, because she’s teaching just one class this year, 10th Grade Talmud.  She’s also developing a sex education curriculum with Rabbi Block, which will be taught to all grades, not just seniors.

Beyond courtesy: Titles raise conundrum for schools and synagogues nationwide

Beyond courtesy: Titles raise conundrum for schools and synagogues nationwide

September 12, 2017

When Judaic Studies teacher Ilana Wilner arrived at Shalhevet in fall 2015, it wasn’t clear what she was going to be called. She did not want to b...

Weekly Parsha: From Israel to ninth grade, new titles, new beginnings

September 8, 2017

Filed under Divrei Torah, Top Stories, Torah

By Hannah Poltorak, 9th Grade In this week’s Parsha, Ki Tavo, Moshe instructs the Jewish people that once they enter the land of Israel, they are to bring the “first” ripe fruit, or bikkurim, to the kohanim to show their gratitude to God. We also learn about the various blessings and curses if God’s laws are abided, or if they are not. Bnai Yisrael have recently adop...

When you’re the child of a rabbi, who are you?

When you’re the child of a rabbi, who are you?

September 7, 2017

The already difficult pressures of being a teenager can be even greater when you have to meet the expectations not only of your parents, but of a whole communi...

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman arrives with experience and ‘gravitas’

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman arrives with experience and ‘gravitas’

September 1, 2017

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman loves dark chocolate. He believes he has tasted every available kosher, dark chocolate brand, and enjoys them all, but his favorite is Taza Chocolate, a brand based in Somerville, Mass.