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YOM KIPPUR: Tips for an easy fast

YOM KIPPUR: Tips for an easy fast

Sadie Toczek, Lifestyle Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

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 based on experience, advice and my own research to help you have an easier fast.   G’mar chatimah tova!   The Day Before Hydra...

Not just apples and honey: Sephardic Rosh Hashanah

Not just apples and honey: Sephardic Rosh Hashanah

September 19, 2017


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

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

Benjamin Zaghi, Senior Editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Religious News, Teacher Bios, Top Stories, Torah

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.

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...

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

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

Hannah Jannol, Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2017


Filed under Award-winners, Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

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 community. Junior Yakir Kanefsky felt this especially in his early teen years. Coming into Shalhevet was hard for him. “Everyone knew who my da...

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman arrives with experience and ‘gravitas’

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman arrives with experience and ‘gravitas’

Clara Sandler, Community Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Religious News, Teacher Bios, Top Stories, Torah

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.

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, outgoing head of YULA Girls High School, joining Shalhevet faculty next fall

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, outgoing head of YULA Girls High School, joining Shalhevet faculty next fall

June 17, 2017


Filed under Religious News, Teacher Bios, Top Stories, Torah

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, who has been the head of YULA Girls High School since 2008, is set to join the Judaic faculty as a full-time as a teacher next fall, Rabbi Segal announced in an email to the Shalhevet community yesterday. In a development that surprised and pleased members of both communities, ...

Ramie Smith, rabba at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in NY, will join faculty next fall

Ramie Smith, rabba at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in NY, will join faculty next fall

Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 16, 2017


Filed under Religious News, Teacher Bios, Top Stories, Torah

Yeshivat Maharat graduate Ramie Smith, who is known as Rabba Smith in her current position at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York, will be joining the Judaic Studies faculty next fall, Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal announced in an email today at 11:04 a.m.   The announcement came two years after a disa...

Shavuot, Ruth and Ms. Rodri

Shavuot, Ruth and Ms. Rodri

Nicole Klausner, Ninth Grade

May 30, 2017


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

What does Ruth have to do with Shavuot? We saw part of the answer when 'kindertransport' survivor Michelle Rodri spoke in on Yom Hashoah.

Moshiach now?

Moshiach now?

Eliezer Lasry, 11th Grade

May 29, 2017


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Fifty years ago, many Jews around the world saw the retaking of Jerusalem by the forces of the State of Israel as a symbol of the coming of Mashiach and the start of the Messianic Era. But the Torah is ambiguous in its depiction of the Messianic Era, and therefore no one is sure of what it will look like. How can we even know if or when Mashiach is here? What does a Messianic Age actually entail?

Matzah: Crunchy, dry and transforming

Matzah: Crunchy, dry and transforming

April 7, 2017


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

By Eliezer Lasry, 11th Grade To most Jewish adults, matzah symbolizes the redemption of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. To most Jews a few thousand years ago, matzah was also an indicator that the time for visiting the Beit Hamikdash was arriving. But for me, matzah always meant two weeks off fro...