The Boiling Point

Under twinkling lights, Green Team offers learning, food from garden and live performances for Tu B’Shvat

CELEBRATE: Students, teachers and parents mingled over sushi and salads on the roof Jan. 30 surrounded by platters of fresh fruit. It was the Green Team club's first event.

Molly Litvak, Staff Writer

February 3, 2018

“The mishnah of Rosh Hashanah says that Tu B’shevat is really a technical day, the day that marks the new year for trees,”  Rabbi David Block told about 25 students and faculty on the roof Jan. 30. “The of trees needing a new year is simply a legal thing, and that we have to dedicate our first...

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 nation. God realizes that Pharoah has agreed to this not because he found faith, but to stop the plagues. So God “hardened” Pharoah’s heart, the ...

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

LISTENING: At a recent Shalhevet Institute event moderated by Ms. Julie Fax, center, members of the community heard Ms. Atara Segal, Rabbi Abraham Lieberman and Rabbanit Pnina Neuworth discuss modesty, leadership and other concerns in Modern Orthodoxy.

Hannah Jannol, Editor-in-Chief

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

PRAYERS:  Every morning and afternoon Shalhevet students pick up a new Koren-Sacks siddur for prayer services.

Sivan Karz, Staff Writer

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

LEARN: Beit Midrash Chabura, led by Rabbi David Block, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Clara Sandler, Community editor

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, a Sunday morning parent- child learning program led by a different Judaic faculty member each week, and small Tanakh and Talmud classes after schoo...

Sephardic minyan returns after four year hiatus

LEADING: Senior Benny Zaghi who started the Sephardic Minyan has help leading it from his classmate Ilan Bouskila (right), Rabbi Bouskila -- Ilan's father (left), and juniors Isaac Kahtan and Sam Navon.

Eva Suissa and Rachel Lasry, Staff Writer

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 met in the small Beit Midrash in Room 305. Upon entering, the boys -- who wear a tallit in addition to their tefillin -- sit in the large...

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 Berei...

Slumbering in the sukkah?

Slumbering in the sukkah?

Alex Rubel, Staff Writer

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 includes performing all activities that are normally done in the house in the sukkah instead. Sleeping is an activity normally done in the house.  But an...

YOM KIPPUR: Someone else we should forgive

Shalhevet students and staff are repenting for lots of things this year -- at least most of them are.

Eva Suissa, Torah Editor

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, and today I know why. Each year, in the weeks leading up to Yom Kippur, everyone crams in their apologies. I’ve lost count on how many times this mon...

YOM KIPPUR: Tips for an easy fast

FOCUS: Before the fast remember to hydrate, then keep your mind on the meaning of the day.

Sadie Toczek, Lifestyle Editor

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 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

SHOFAR: Asher Dauer blew the shofar in the large Beit Midrash during Hashkama Minyan Sept. 19.

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

RESPECT: Ramie Smith, a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, has also taught prisoners. She said she follows the same principles whoever her students are.

Benjamin Zaghi, Senior Editor

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.

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