The Boiling Point

Weekly Parsha: From Israel to ninth grade, new titles, new beginnings

September 8, 2017

By Hannah Poltorak, 9th Grade In this week’s Parsha, Ki Tavo, Moshe instructs the Jewish people that once they enter the land of Israel, they are to bring the “first” ripe fruit, or bikkurim, to the kohanim to show their gratitude to God. We also learn about the various blessings and curses if God’s laws...

When you’re the child of a rabbi, who are you?

PRESSURE: From left, Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, Noa Segal, Ilan Bouskila and Yakir Kanefsky are all offspring of rabbis.  Their experiences have been partly the same and partly different.

Hannah Jannol, Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2017

The already difficult pressures of being a teenager can be even greater when you have to meet the expectations not only of your parents, but of a whole community. Junior Yakir Kanefsky felt this especially in his early teen years. Coming into Shalhevet was hard for him. “Everyone knew who my da...

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman arrives with experience and ‘gravitas’

EARLY: Rabbi Abraham Lieberman held a daily Talmud shiur this year that met at 7 a.m.

Clara Sandler, Community Editor

September 1, 2017

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman loves dark chocolate. He believes he has tasted every available kosher, dark chocolate brand, and enjoys them all, but his favorite is Taza Chocolate, a brand based in Somerville, Mass.

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, outgoing head of YULA Girls High School, joining Shalhevet faculty next fall

EXPERIENCE: Rabbi Abraham Lieberman has led YULA Girls High School since 2008.

June 17, 2017

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman, who has been the head of YULA Girls High School since 2008, is set to join the Judaic faculty as a full-time as a teacher next fall, Rabbi Segal announced in an email to the Shalhevet community yesterday. In a development that surprised and pleased members of both communities, ...

Ramie Smith, rabba at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in NY, will join faculty next fall

CHARISMA: Rabbi Segal called Rabba Ramie Smith 'a rising star' in Jewish education.

Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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 the Judaic Studies faculty next fall, Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal announced in an email today at 11:04 a.m.   The announcement came two years after a disa...

Shavuot, Ruth and Ms. Rodri

Torahteinu: Shavuot, which starts May 30 this year, celebrates the Israelites' receiving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.

Nicole Klausner, Ninth Grade

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?

CELEBRATE: Shalhevet's senior class joined thousands of Jews gathered at the bottom of Rachov Yafo in front of City Hall in Jerusalem to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim on May 24 at the end of their Poland-Israel Experience.

Eliezer Lasry, 11th Grade

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

FLAT: Matzah being mass-produced at the Streit's factory in New York.  Passover starts Monday night.  Chag Sameach from the Boiling Point!

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 years ago, matzah was also an indicator that the time for visiting the Beit Hamikdash was arriving. But for me, matzah always meant two weeks off fro...

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

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

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...

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