The Boiling Point

Hand-delivered, ‘Nitzotzei’ offers a weekly look at the parsha produced by students

Hand-delivered, ‘Nitzotzei’ offers a weekly look at the parsha produced by students

February 26, 2014

Every Friday during breakfast, students hustle to the front door of the school and surround sophomore Micah Gill, who is handing out cream-colored sheets...

For ‘Bo’s Bar’ and ‘Will’s Waffles,’ road to expansion follows halachic path

For ‘Bo’s Bar’ and ‘Will’s Waffles,’ road to expansion follows halachic path

January 24, 2014

Both Will’s Waffle Works and Bo’s Barista Bar recently resolved issues regarding Jewish Law, which arose in the process of enlarging their businesses...

Modern Orthodox high school in New York decides girls can wrap tefillin

Modern Orthodox high school in New York decides girls can wrap tefillin

January 16, 2014

SAR High School in Riverdale, New York, is now allowing girls to wrap tefillin during Shacharit, apparently becoming the first Modern Orthodox high school...

Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik emphasizes Begin’s legacy of nationalism in Beit Midrash talk

Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik emphasizes Begin’s legacy of nationalism in Beit Midrash talk

January 13, 2014

Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik, one of today’s most prominent American Modern Orthodox rabbis, came to Shalhevet last month with the objective not of talking...

Ethics on the table at JSPA gathering

Ethics on the table at JSPA gathering

November 21, 2013

By Anna Gordon, Staff Writer Any journalist will tell you that exposing the wrongdoings of others is part of the job. Yet the Torah specifically commands...

Boys lead Mishmar on their own

Boys lead Mishmar on their own

November 19, 2013

On Thursdays, if the Beit Midrash is packed with boys sitting around a table and learning a Gemara, assume Mishmar is in session. A long established if...

Mother and daughter who sparked tefillin debate respond to Rabbi Segal’s decision

Mother and daughter who sparked tefillin debate respond to Rabbi Segal’s decision

November 17, 2013

Q: What do you and your daughter think of Rabbi Segal’s decision, which would have encouraged your daughter to use tefillin at home but not allowed it...

Some variety in how Modern Orthodox schools see tefillin issue

Some variety in how Modern Orthodox schools see tefillin issue

November 16, 2013

Out of six other Modern Orthodox high schools contacted by The Boiling Point, only one has ever allowed women to wrap tefillin at school, and that was...

Girls will not wear tefillin at Shalhevet, Rabbi Segal decides

Girls will not wear tefillin at Shalhevet, Rabbi Segal decides

November 16, 2013

Three weeks after his initial email raising the question to the Shalhevet community, Rabbi Segal announced Nov. 14 that he would not let female students...

Complete text of Rabbi Segal’s decision regarding girls wearing tefillin at Shalhevet

November 16, 2013

Dear Shalhevet Community:The debate and discussion generated surrounding the issue of a woman putting on tefillin at Shalhevet has created some great dialogue (and actual shiurim) throughout our community over the last couple weeks. Though many of us have shared and expressed our thoughts, on Sunday night at...

Lively Town Hall debate explores whether girls should be allowed to wear tefillin at school

Lively Town Hall debate explores whether girls should be allowed to wear tefillin at school

November 16, 2013

Should Shalhevet allow women to wrap tefillin and wear tallit during Shacharit? This question began floating around Shalhevet on Oct. 25, when Rabbi...

New Hashkama Minyan offers prayers at sunrise — and free time after 1st period

New Hashkama Minyan offers prayers at sunrise — and free time after 1st period

November 2, 2013

By Eric Bazak, Staff Writer     It's 7:25 am. The classes are empty and the halls are quiet. But the Beit Midrash is filled with people and prayer as...