The Boiling Point

Rabbi who sauna-ed with students in New York was scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob on Shavuot

Rabbi who sauna-ed with students in New York was scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob on Shavuot

June 4, 2015

When news broke that Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Rosenblatt of Riverdale had for decades invited young congregants to play squash, talk and then join him naked in a hot sauna, it was only days after he had spent a long weekend as scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills for the holiday of Shavuot.

Women should be ‘spiritual leaders’ but title matters, says Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Women should be ‘spiritual leaders’ but title matters, says Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

June 4, 2015

Hundreds hear Rabbi Shlomo Riskin say women should be "spiritual leaders" during Shalhevet Institute sponsored discussion

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Ancient tradition meets modern sensibility

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Ancient tradition meets modern sensibility

June 3, 2015

With society’s increasingly tolerant attitudes towards rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and those who are changing genders, Modern Orthodox rabbis have been grappling with the role of LGBT Jews within the community in light of halachic proscriptions against homosexual acts.

Jenny Newman ’11: Coming out

Jenny Newman ’11: Coming out

June 2, 2015

Many Jews at Shalhevet and around the world struggle with Judaism and connecting to God.  But for one Shalhevet alumna, the path has been even harder. ...

Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Twice the power of love

Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Twice the power of love

June 2, 2015

The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University has ordained thousands of rabbis since its founding in 1896. Rabbi Steven Greenberg of ...

Evolution of a title ensnares potential new faculty hire

Evolution of a title ensnares potential new faculty hire

April 27, 2015

When Ms. Ramie Smith visited Shalhevet as a prospective teacher this past January, she met with students, teachers, parents and the board of Shalhevet. ...

More than a signature: The legacy of HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein

More than a signature: The legacy of HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein

April 21, 2015

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

February 11, 2015

“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,...

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

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

February 11, 2015

When B’nai David-Judea Congregation on Pico Boulevard appointed its first-ever kehilla intern last fall, the congregation received her with open arm...

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

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

February 10, 2015

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 Ju...

Cedars rabbi now teaching

Cedars rabbi now teaching

December 23, 2014

Rabbi Jason Weiner joined the Shalhevet teaching staff at the beginning of the second quarter, signaling the most recent shift in the Shalhevet community...

All-girls minyan most popular

All-girls minyan most popular

December 22, 2014

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...