The Boiling Point

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.

Girl leading Kiddush was a mistake, school says

Girl leading Kiddush was a mistake, school says

May 10, 2016

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...

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

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 wh...

Scholar says ‘kol isha’ rules should never have existed

Scholar says ‘kol isha’ rules should never have existed

April 24, 2016

Talmud professor Dr. Aharon Amit was not allowed to attend his daughter’s third birthday party. Worried that female teachers would sing “...

Across nation, various ways to spiritualize davening

Across nation, various ways to spiritualize davening

February 25, 2016

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

February 16, 2016

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

February 9, 2016

"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

February 5, 2016

Just days after the Rabbinical Council of America passed a new Policy Concerning Women Rabbis, Shalhevet’s Lahav Talmud curriculum was put to the te...

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

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

January 28, 2016

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.

For transgender, halacha ventures into unknown — or does it?

January 27, 2016

Modern Orthodoxy has been considering the topic of gay and lesbian Jews for a while, but transgender Jews present a challenge which is just beginning to be explored.