The Boiling Point

Parshat Bo: The message of a hardened heart

Parshat Bo: The message of a hardened heart

January 19, 2018

By Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer In this week’s parsha, Parshat Bo, Pharaoh agrees to release the Israelites after God begins the plagues against his nat...

Institute event explores power imbalance, modesty ‘in the age of #MeToo’

Institute event explores power imbalance, modesty ‘in the age of #MeToo’

January 15, 2018

At a recent Shalhevet Institute event, the moderator said she had never received a good explanation of tzniut, or modesty. “It was women's job to stop men's impulses -- I haven’t heard anything else,” said Ms. Julie Fax, the mother of sophomore Neima Fax a former senior writer at the Jewish Journal, who grew up attending Orthodox schools in Los Angeles.

School replaces aging Artscroll siddurim with new Koren-Sacks

School replaces aging Artscroll siddurim with new Koren-Sacks

December 22, 2017

Shalhevet welcomed about 260 new siddurim to the school last month.  After at least 15 years of using Artscroll prayerbooks, the Judaics Studies faculty decided the new Koren siddur would be a better fit, and bought paperback copies of the Koren Sacks Weekday Siddur, Lobel Edition.

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

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...