The Boiling Point

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 ...

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.  ...