The Boiling Point

Evolution of a title ensnares potential new faculty hire

Evolution of a title ensnares potential new faculty hire

By Noah Rothman, Community Editor

April 27, 2015


Filed under Award-winners, Top Stories, Torah

When Ms. Ramie Smith visited Shalhevet as a prospective teacher this past January, she met with students, teachers, parents and the board of Shalhevet.  By all accounts, she was a hit. “I thought she really liked the school and the school seemed to really like her,” said senior Shana Chriki,...

More than a signature: The legacy of HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein

More than a signature: The legacy of HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein

Mati Hurwitz, Sports Editor

April 21, 2015


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

In the middle of a bedroom wall covered with posters of John Wooden, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck hangs a small printed-out letter from Yeshivat Har Etizon, “The Gush.” Scripted at the bottom left corner of the page is the signature of the true Gadol Hador, HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l.

In a first for Los Angeles, B’nai David adds a clergy intern who is female

In a first for Los Angeles, B’nai David adds a clergy intern who is female

Noah Rothman, Torah Editor

February 11, 2015


Filed under Award-winners, Top Stories, Torah

“We believe that women can bring something to the table that men cannot and vice versa,” said Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B’nai David-Judea Congregation, a shul where many staff and Shalhevet families are members. “There is a certain redundancy to having two of the same, and a supplementary power...

Compromise on female clergy saved community-wide ‘Day of Learning’ last fall

Compromise on female clergy saved community-wide ‘Day of Learning’ last fall

Noah Rothman, Torah Editor

February 11, 2015


Filed under Torah

When B’nai David-Judea Congregation on Pico Boulevard appointed its first-ever kehilla intern last fall, the congregation received her with open arms. Alissa Thomas-Newborn, a fourth-year student in the clergy ordination program at Yeshivat Maharat in New York, is the first woman to intern there, fo...

Female ordination a ‘ruse,’ says spokesman for Agudath Israel  

Female ordination a ‘ruse,’ says spokesman for Agudath Israel   

Noah Rothman, Torah Editor

February 10, 2015


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

The Boiling Point interviewed Rabbi Avi Shafran, Director of Public Affairs and spokesman for Agudath Israel of America, to learn why some factions of Orthodox Judaism do not support women holding clergy positions even when not identifying themselves as rabbis. Rabbi Shafran was suffering from laryngit...

Cedars rabbi now teaching

Cedars rabbi now teaching

Henry Wineburgh, Staff Writer

December 23, 2014


Filed under Torah

Rabbi Jason Weiner joined the Shalhevet teaching staff at the beginning of the second quarter, signaling the most recent shift in the Shalhevet community caused by Mr. Christopher Buckley’s resignation Oct. 29. Rabbi Weiner has begun instructing the 10th-grade Talmud class formerly taught by Mrs....

All-girls minyan most popular

All-girls minyan most popular

Noah Rothman,, Torah Editor

December 22, 2014


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

The biggest minyan at school this year isn’t the Main Minyan or the Explanatory Minyan or even the popular Hashkama minyan, which starts before school and gives participants a free period before breakfast while the rest of the students pray. Instead, the most popular minyan this year is the All-Girls...

Students sign up for extra Talmud, no grades involved

Students sign up  for extra Talmud,  no grades involved

Jacob Perelman, Staff Writer

December 19, 2014


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

It’s 9:00 am at Shalhevet and juniors and seniors who’ve grabbed breakfast from the JCC kitchen are trickling in one by one to Berch B for the Advanced Gemara Shiur, or AGS. The mood is cheerful and the banter will soon begin. “It’s a great new course with no pressure over grades,” said...

Drisha: A summer of learning for girls

Drisha: A summer of learning for girls

September 30, 2014


Filed under Torah

By Anna Gordon, Staff Writer No one had to be there, and there were no grades. Everyone on the program wanted to learn. There were 20 students on the Dr. Beth Sammuels Drisha Summer High School program, which brings girls from all over the world to the Upper West Side of Manhattan in order to stud...

VIDEO: Shofar blowing at JCC preschool

VIDEO: Shofar blowing at JCC preschool

Nicole Feder, Web Editor-in-Chief and Rachel Sentchuk, Video Editor

September 23, 2014


Filed under Torah, Video

On the day before Erev Rosh Hashanah, junior Noah Rothman was invited downstairs to the JCC's Early Childhood Center to blow the shofar for the preschoolers there. Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday night, Sept. 24, and school will resume Monday morning, Sept. 29.

SUMMER OF WAR: Jewish law, though sparse, leans toward self-defense and guarding of innocents

SUMMER OF WAR: Jewish law, though sparse, leans toward self-defense and guarding of innocents

Noah Rothman and Mati Hurwitz, Sports Editor

September 19, 2014


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

From its earliest days, the state of Israel has operated with the spirit of Jewish ethics in mind. But what about Jewish law?  Is halacha even appropriate to defend military actions? Can Jewish law provide a legitimate explanation or justification for the killing of civilians in a time of war? In...

Same commandment, different meanings

Same commandment, different meanings

Noah Rothman, Torah Editor

May 25, 2014


Filed under Top Stories, Torah

The root of the agunah problem is that the Seventh Commandment applies differently to women and men.