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Beyond apples and honey: Rosh Hashanah food traditions vary widely, student survey shows

Beyond apples and honey: Rosh Hashanah food traditions vary widely, student survey shows

Nicole Soussana, Torah Editor

October 2, 2016


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

A diverse school comes with countless customs, and the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashanah is a chance to see them at their most diverse.  That's because Jewish ethnicities from Persian to Polish and Moroccan to Syrian, all celebrate the holiday with symbolic foods. While everyone is familiar with th...

The sound that calls the inner voice

The sound that calls the inner voice

Maayan Waldman, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2016


Filed under Holidays, Top Stories, Torah

We can open our mouths all we want to articulate our views and beliefs. We can scour passages of commentators and religious texts with our eyes to take a scholarly approach to religious growth. But real change happens when we act from our ears.

Kiddush clubs: Old tradition is scrutinized in a new way

Kiddush clubs: Old tradition is scrutinized in a new way

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

June 17, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Local synagogues like Young Israel, Beth Jacob and B’nai David-Judea do not officially sanction Kiddush clubs, but like high school parties and kickbacks, they’re popular anyway.

60 percent of seniors will head to Israel, most to yeshiva, seminary

60 percent of seniors will head to Israel, most to yeshiva, seminary

Clara Sandler, Staff Writer

June 15, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

More than 60 percent of the 2016 graduating class will spend next year in Israel, continuing a steady upward trend, according to principal and boys’ Israel adviser Reb Noam Weissman.

Girl leading Kiddush was a mistake, school says

Girl leading Kiddush was a mistake, school says

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

May 10, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

A Shabbat eve mistake by students and staff led to a girl’s saying Kiddush on last fall’s Princeton Model Congress trip, causing the administration to clarify how their highly lauded Lahav Talmud curriculum should be applied to daily halachic life. As reported in a story reported in print edition...

Purim marks first women’s Megillah reading at school in six years

Purim marks first women’s Megillah reading at school in six years

May 1, 2016


Filed under Alumni, Holidays, Torah

By Clara Sandler, Staff Writer Women have been playing an important role in the story of Purim since Vashti and Queen Esther, so it seemed fitting when 45 women gathered to hear an all-female reading of Megillat Esther on Purim morning, March 24, organized by Judaic Studies teacher Mrs. Atara Segal. Held...

Scholar says ‘kol isha’ rules should never have existed

Scholar says ‘kol isha’ rules should never have existed

Eric Bazak, Editor-in-Chief

April 24, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

Talmud professor Dr. Aharon Amit was not allowed to attend his daughter’s third birthday party. Worried that female teachers would sing “Happy Birthday”, the Haredi ethos of his community barred his presence, citing the halachic principle known as kol b’isha erva. Translating to “a woma...

Across nation, various ways to spiritualize davening

Across nation, various ways to spiritualize davening

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

February 25, 2016


Filed under Religious News, Top Stories, Torah

It might have been unusual to open a student-led discussion about davening options at Shalhevet’s Just Community meetings last fall, but the wide range of choices that came out of it is not unusual at all in Modern Orthodox high schools.

Taller, kosher mechitzot bring Israeli artistry to school

Taller, kosher mechitzot bring Israeli artistry to school

Jacob Perelman, Staff Writer

February 16, 2016


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

New mechitzot for the building were finally completed Dec. 15, with laser-cut metal panels in a pomegranate design across the top to make them both halachically permissible and artistic.

Project Simcha brightens students’ days one poster at a time

Project Simcha brightens students’ days one poster at a time

Zev Frankel, Staff Writer

February 9, 2016


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

"Wow these are adorable! "called out junior Sarah Yadagari, spotting some new flyers hanging in the second-floor hallway opposite the lockers Nov. 11.

RCA decision on women brings Lahav to real life

RCA decision on women brings Lahav to real life

Zev Kent, Sports Editor

February 5, 2016


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

Just days after the Rabbinical Council of America passed a new Policy Concerning Women Rabbis, Shalhevet’s Lahav Talmud curriculum was put to the test as 11th grade students gave their own halachic opinions regarding women in rabbinic positions. On Oct. 30, the RCA announced that women would not ...

TRANSITION: Former student holds onto religion while changing from female to male

TRANSITION: Former student holds onto religion while changing from female to male

Hannah Jannol, Staff Writer

January 28, 2016


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

Imagine waking up every morning and putting on clothes of the opposite sex. Imagine putting on a dress, or a suit and tie, and then going to work or school and being called a name of the wrong gender, and then being referred to with the wrong pronouns. Then imagine realizing you’re just in the wrong body for the gender you know you are. This is how transgender Shalhevet alumnus Benjamin Kenner explains being transgender.