The Boiling Point

PERSPECTIVE: Social media has become a platform for fun in the time of Covid, including in the world of Jewish memes.

With memes and TikToks, teens lighten the mood of ‘corona break’

April 29, 2020

Earlier this year,  social media seemed like the problem, blamed for causing unnecessary panic over the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covi...

HAREDI: From Beit Shemesh, a spark that exposed a simmering fire

By Leila Miller, Editor-in-Chief

June 14, 2012

Last fall, an insular community that does its best to separate itself from the outside world was thrust into the spotlight after Haredi men were accused of having spat at, and otherwise harassed, a Modern Orthodox second-grader for the way she was dressed on her way to school. The girl’s family said that far from being a one-time occurrence, it was part of a pattern, and...

'Ethical hechsher' catches on, but slowly

‘Ethical hechsher’ catches on, but slowly

June 13, 2012

According to Judaic Studies teacher Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, all the kosher restaurants on Pico Boulevard have been invited to apply for the new Tav HaYosher,* or ethical seal, proving that they treat their workers according to ...

Rabbis of the three leading Modern Orthodox shuls shared a light moment during an otherwise intense discussion of issues ranging from how to treat gays to skateboards on Shabbat. From left, Rabbi Elazar Muskin of Young Israel of Century City; Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B'nai David-Judea; and Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob.

Local rabbis apply Modern Orthodoxy to tough issues

January 2, 2011

At a first-ever school Modern Orthodoxy symposium, three rabbis who lead shuls that are home to many Shalhevet families captured students' attention when...