The Boiling Point

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

June 16, 2017

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 th...

Shavuot, Ruth and Ms. Rodri

Shavuot, Ruth and Ms. Rodri

May 30, 2017

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?

May 29, 2017

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

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 ye...

Beth Jacob stance prevents break over women clergy after OU says no

Beth Jacob stance prevents break over women clergy after OU says no

March 28, 2017

For two weeks last month, Los Angeles Modern Orthodoxy held its breath as a statement from New York threatened to sew disunity in its rapidly growing, multi-faceted and yet tightly knit community.

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

January 7, 2017

Despite its title, “Disagreement Without Division” turned out to have very little disagreement. Rabbi Jeremy Weider and Rabbi Asher Lopatin came to...

Chanukah, 8 days above nature.

Chanukah, 8 days above nature.

December 22, 2016

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...

B’nai David changes Morateinu’s title to Rabbanit

B’nai David changes Morateinu’s title to Rabbanit

December 16, 2016

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 T...

The Hidden Meaning of Cheshvan

The Hidden Meaning of Cheshvan

November 30, 2016

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 mont...

How righteous was Noach, and does it matter?

How righteous was Noach, and does it matter?

November 7, 2016

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

October 31, 2016

Less than two weeks after calling the Torah’s views on homosexuality the biggest challenge to emunah, or religious belief, of our time, Sh...

Growth in Judaic Studies department means more teachers, more connections

Growth in Judaic Studies department means more teachers, more connections

October 26, 2016

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 ...