The Boiling Point

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.

By 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

By 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

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.

By 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’

 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.

By 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...

Fairness imposes penalties for missing davening

TIGHTEN:    Sophomores prayed during an all-school Shacharit in the gym. A new policy sets three levels of consequences for students who ditch.

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Community Editor

October 9, 2018

In response to a greater number of students ditching davening (prayer) last year, the Fairness Committee wrote a stricter policy regarding davening attendance, and that policy will be continued indefinitely, according to Rabbi David Block, Assistant Principal Judaic Studies. The policy, which w...

Ms. Segal is first female teacher to get Jewish title at school

SCHOLAR:   Yoetzet Halacha Atara Segal in 2013 became the first woman to teach Gemara in an Orthodox school in Los Angeles.

By Clara Sandler, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2018

Yoetzet Halacha Atara Segal is Shalhevet’s first female Judaic faculty member to have a title other than Ms. or Morah, but neither she nor her husband, Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal, think that the title change is a big deal -- apart from Rabbi Segal’s evident pride in his wife’s accomplishment. “Get...

Her training completed, Yoetzet Segal finds new ways to teach and relate to students, female and male

ROLE:    Ms. Atara Segal plans to be a role model for both boys and girls.

By Tobey Lee and Lucy Fried

October 3, 2018

This story won a Best of SNO award. Last month in Israel, Ms. Atara Segal, who has been teaching Tanakh, Talmud, and Statistics for seven years, completed training and passed her exams to become a yoetzet halacha -- literally, an adviser in Jewish law, but used to designate a woman who is rabb...

In varying sounds of the shofar, new opportunities and a fresh start

BLASTS:   Rabbi David Block blew the shofar after Shacharit in the main minyan Aug. 31. Rosh Hashanah starts Sunday evening, Sept. 9. Shana tova!  BP Photo by Alyssa Wallack.

By Tobey Lee, Features Editor

September 9, 2018

Rosh Hashanah is one of my favorite holidays, as it reminds me that I have a new year ahead of me full of new experiences, challenges and successes. It allows me to reflect on the prior year and look forward to something new. There’s an aspect of the holiday that stands out to me, as it provides...

Teachers using ‘daf aleph’ give students a chance to check in

Teachers using ‘daf aleph’ give students a chance to check in

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Features Editor

May 22, 2018

When reading the Talmud it is easy to notice that the book opens with daph bet, or page two. But rather than a typographical decision, teachers at Shalhevet and elsewhere believe that there is a deeper meaning that can be gained.

DVAR TORAH: Goodness is a commandment, not an option

DVAR TORAH: Goodness is a commandment, not an option

May 17, 2018

By Sharon Khalil, 11th grade Recently in my Tanach class with Rabbi Schwarzberg, we debated the following question: Is not doing good, while not being bad, a sin? We were discussing this in the context of the story of S’dom, a city God intended to destroy for its peo...

MINIMESTERS 2018: Short electives explore anti-semitism, women’s law and more to combat senioritis

 RELEVANT: Judaic Studies teacher Ms. Ilana Wilner, right, and Rabba Ramie Smith, center, described laws of marriage to seniors girls.

May 15, 2018

Zev Kupferman Mini-mesters have been an institution at Shalhevet for four years now, designed to combat “senioritis,” a supposed lack of intrinsic motivation that occurs during the last semester of 12th grade. All three senior Judaic courses -- Talmud, Tanakh and Jewish Philosophy -- ar...

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