The Boiling Point

60 percent of seniors will head to Israel, most to yeshiva, seminary

FAREWELL: School founder Dr. Jerry Friedman spoke at graduation in the new building took place in the gym June 5.  Percentage of graduates going to Israel for gap year has been rising.

Clara Sandler, Staff Writer

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

ADJUSTMENT: Rabbi David Stein, teaching his 11th-grade Gemara class, is co-author with Reb Weissman of Shalhevet's acclaimed Lahav Talmud curriculum. “Maybe we need to spend more time paying attention to halacha l’maaseh,” he said.

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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 clarify how their highly lauded Lahav Talmud curriculum should be applied to daily halachic life. As reported in a story reported in print edition...

Purim marks first women’s Megillah reading at school in six years

HISTORY: From top, freshman Abby Blumofe and alumna Sara Smith '04 read from Megillat Esther.

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 when 45 women gathered to hear an all-female reading of Megillat Esther on Purim morning, March 24, organized by Judaic Studies teacher Mrs. Atara Segal. Held...

Scholar says ‘kol isha’ rules should never have existed

OPEN: Dr. Amit served coffee to students in an open sided tent on the rooftop turf during his two-week residency in February.

Eric Bazak, Editor-in-Chief

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 “Happy Birthday”, the Haredi ethos of his community barred his presence, citing the halachic principle known as kol b’isha erva. Tran...

Across nation, various ways to spiritualize davening

SIMILIARITIES: Students at the Rae Kuskner Yeshiva High School in New Jersey all pray together in one minyan.

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

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

SYMBOLIC: Metal panels in a pomegranate pattern bring the mechitzot to the proper halachic height.

Jacob Perelman, Staff Writer

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

HAPPY: A column on the second floor displayed a message from Project Simcha in December.

Zev Frankel, Staff Writer

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

Screenshot of the LaHav logo

Zev Kent, Sports Editor

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 test as 11th grade students gave their own halachic opinions regarding women in rabbinic positions. On Oct. 30, the RCA announced that women would not ...

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

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

Hannah Jannol, Staff Writer

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.

School upholds promise as two girls daven off campus

Off-CAMPUS:The egalitarian minyan of Temple Beth Am, above, is the only off-campus venue which students may skip school to attend so far. But Rabbi Segal said he would consider other alternatives.

Alec Fields, Torah Editor

November 29, 2015

Three days a week before school, freshman Noa Kligfeld prays and puts on tefillin at the morning minyan in Pilch Hall of Temple Beth Am. Most days her friend Hannah Friedman, also a freshman, goes with her.

School gathers to celebrate newly completed Torah

DANCE: Students celebrate with new Torah donated by Stacey Kent (center) and family after watching scribe Ronnie Siegar pen the last three words.

Nicole Soussana, Staff Writer

November 21, 2015

Shalhevet celebrated its first-ever Hachnasat Sefer Torah Oct. 29, with lively dancing and singing in the gym to welcome a newly completed scroll donated by the family of freshman Eytan and junior Zev Kent.

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