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B’nai David changes Morateinu’s title to Rabbanit

TITLED: As a spiritual leader of B'nai David-Judea Congregation, Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn regularly gives d'vrei Torah from the shul's bima.

Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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 Thomas-Newborn as a spiritual leader with the title morateinu  -- our teacher -- the B’nai-David Judea board voted unanimously on Dec. 14 to change her t...

The Hidden Meaning of Cheshvan

Initiative: Cheshvan is a month where we proactively search for meaning in our lives and a connection to G-d.

By Tali Schlacht, 11th Grade

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 month is referred to by the Gemara along with Rashi, Rambam,and Ibn Ezra. The word mar has multiple definitions, one of which is “bitter.” The classic explanati...

How righteous was Noach, and does it matter?

How righteous was Noach, and does it matter?

Ilan Bouskila, 11th Grade

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

IDENTITY: Micha Thau's rainbow Magen David (star of David) necklace, which he wears everyday, represents two critical elements of his identity -- Judaism and homosexuality. Micha co-founded Shalhevet's first Gay-Straight Alliance earlier this year in the hopes of making any Shalhevet LGBT students feel comfortable and supported.

Alec Fields, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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, Shalhevet’s first-ever Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), created by head of school Rabbi Ari Segal, held its introductory meeting Sept. 27 in Room 309. ...

Growth in Judaic Studies department means more teachers, more connections

SPIRIT: Students from all grades spend Friday lunchtime singing under the 'rakez' tent on the roof, led by Rabbi Tsaidi, at left, and Rabbi Block.

Maayan Waldman, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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 of connection” for Shalhevet’s expanding student body. School officials said the increase would help the school fulfill its mission of strengthenin...

LaHav Talmud curriculum now spreading to more schools

SAR: Shalhevet's LaHav Talmud curriculum is being used by the ninth grade at Salanter-Akiba-Riverdale Academy in Riverdale, N.Y.

Jacob Feitelberg, Outside News Editor

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 plans for 10 more in Israel to start it next year. In Riverdale, N.Y., Salanter-Akiba-Riverdale (SAR) Academy is using it in grade nine; Carmel Acad...

Student’s fix to Jastrow goes viral

Student's fix to Jastrow goes viral

Maayan Waldman, Co-Editor-in-Chief, and Abby Blumofe, Staff Writer

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

TEXT: The 18th verse of Vayikra (Leviticus), above,  calls it an

Alec FIelds, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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 of School Rabbi Ari Segal and openly gay 12th-grader Micha Thau. It’s a new idea they hope will address what Rabbi Segal has called the biggest...

YOM KIPPUR VIDEO: Shalhevet’s Repenters

YOM KIPPUR VIDEO: Shalhevet's Repenters

Leor Kaminski, BP Video Staff

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.   Here are some examples of what the Shalhevet community is thinking about as 5777 begins.

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

Rosh Hashanah starts tonight. Happy 5777 everyone from the Boiling Point!

Nicole Soussana, Torah Editor

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 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

BLAST: Rabbi Block blows the shofar during Hashkama minyan, a reminder to the students about the importance of listening.

Maayan Waldman, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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.

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