The Boiling Point

Sparks don’t quite fly as leaders of two branches of Modern Orthodoxy face off at Shalhevet Institute

Sparks don’t quite fly as leaders of two branches of Modern Orthodoxy face off  at Shalhevet Institute

Zev Kent, Senior Editor

January 7, 2017


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Despite its title, “Disagreement Without Division” turned out to have very little disagreement. Rabbi Jeremy Weider and Rabbi Asher Lopatin came to speak at a Shalhevet Institute event Dec. 22, and with one exception, agreed on just about everything that came up. The exception had to do with whether...

Chanukah, 8 days above nature.

Chanukah, 8 days above nature.

Nicole Soussana, Torah Editor

December 22, 2016


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

The number seven holds great significance in Judaism. It surrounds us all the time, in the days of the week, the days of creation, and the menorah in the Beit Hamikdash of which there are replicas in synagogues worldwide, as well as on the seal of the State of Israel. But what about eight? Why is...

B’nai David changes Morateinu’s title to Rabbanit

B’nai David changes Morateinu’s title to Rabbanit

Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 16, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

For the first time in Los Angeles, a Modern Orthodox shul has given the title rabbanit  to a female clergy member. Nearly two years after hiring Alissa Thomas-Newborn as a spiritual leader with the title morateinu  -- our teacher -- the B’nai-David Judea board voted unanimously on Dec. 14 to change her t...

The Hidden Meaning of Cheshvan

The Hidden Meaning of Cheshvan

By Tali Schlacht, 11th Grade

November 30, 2016


Filed under Divrei Torah, Torah

There are still a few days left in the month of Cheshvan, so there’s still time to learn from it, and specifically from its name: Mar-Cheshvan, as the month is referred to by the Gemara along with Rashi, Rambam,and Ibn Ezra. The word mar has multiple definitions, one of which is “bitter.” The classic explanati...

How righteous was Noach, and does it matter?

How righteous was Noach, and does it matter?

Ilan Bouskila, 11th Grade

November 7, 2016


Filed under Divrei Torah, Torah

For as long as I can remember, I've been hearing the same Dvar Torah on Parshat Noach. Everyone always talks about Rashi's comments on נחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה בְּדֹרֹתָיו״", "Noach was a perfect and righteous man in his generation." Rashi gives two possible interpretations of this quote. The first is a "favorable" interpretation, proclaiming that if Noach could be righteous in such an awful generation, how much more righteous would he be in a great generation? The other side is a more negative interpretation, stating that while Noach was great in his generation, he would be nothing but average in a generation like Avraham's.

Gay-Straight Alliance draws 15 at first meeting

Gay-Straight Alliance draws 15 at first meeting

Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Less than two weeks after calling the Torah’s views on homosexuality the biggest challenge to emunah, or religious belief, of our time, Shalhevet’s first-ever Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), created by head of school Rabbi Ari Segal, held its introductory meeting Sept. 27 in Room 309. ...

Growth in Judaic Studies department means more teachers, more connections

Growth in Judaic Studies department means more teachers, more connections

Maayan Waldman, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Six faculty members, most part-time, have joined the Judaic Studies team this year, as school officials try to provide more role models and “points of connection” for Shalhevet’s expanding student body. School officials said the increase would help the school fulfill its mission of strengthenin...

LaHav Talmud curriculum now spreading to more schools

LaHav Talmud curriculum now spreading to more schools

Jacob Feitelberg, Outside News Editor

October 18, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Shalhevet’s pioneering LaHav Talmud curriculum is starting to catch on around the world, with three U.S. schools adopting parts of it this year and plans for 10 more in Israel to start it next year. In Riverdale, N.Y., Salanter-Akiba-Riverdale (SAR) Academy is using it in grade nine; Carmel Acad...

Student’s fix to Jastrow goes viral

Student’s fix to Jastrow goes viral

Maayan Waldman, Co-Editor-in-Chief, and Abby Blumofe, Staff Writer

October 15, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

For Talmud students everywhere, gone are the days of spending distracting minutes of learning trying to locate a difficult Aramaic word and its translation in the Jastrow Online Dictionary.

School makes LGBT inclusion official policy, hoping to set an example for Modern Orthodox schools

School makes LGBT inclusion official policy, hoping to set an example for Modern Orthodox schools

Alec FIelds, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2016


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

Hoping to start a trend that will spread throughout Orthodox Judaism, Shalhevet has adopted a six-point LGBT non-discrimination pledge, co-written by Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal and openly gay 12th-grader Micha Thau. It’s a new idea they hope will address what Rabbi Segal has called the biggest...

YOM KIPPUR VIDEO: Shalhevet’s Repenters

YOM KIPPUR VIDEO: Shalhevet’s Repenters

Leor Kaminski, BP Video Staff

October 6, 2016


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah, Video

Yom Kippur is next Tuesday night, and like Jews everywhere, Shalhevet's students are reviewing the year and taking stock of what they've done wrong.   Here are some examples of what the Shalhevet community is thinking about as 5777 begins.