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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 ...

LaHav Talmud curriculum now spreading to more schools

LaHav Talmud curriculum now spreading to more schools

October 18, 2016

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 pla...

Student’s fix to Jastrow goes viral

Student’s fix to Jastrow goes viral

October 15, 2016

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

October 11, 2016

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...

YOM KIPPUR VIDEO: Shalhevet’s Repenters

October 6, 2016

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.  ...

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

October 2, 2016

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 b...

The sound that calls the inner voice

The sound that calls the inner voice

September 23, 2016

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

June 17, 2016

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

June 15, 2016

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.