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Phones Need To Go

Liam Barlev '26, Photography Editor June 16, 2024

After asking an audience, “At what age did your parents give you autonomy--for example, walking home from a friend’s house?” Jonathan Haidt, a New York University Professor and Author of The Anxious...

The Reason It Seems Israel Has Lost Support In the Recent Months

Aviva Guttman '25, Opinion Editor June 16, 2024

In the days following Oct. 7, support for Israel was widespread. Now, seven months later, that does not seem to be the case. So, where has this support gone?    According to The Washington...

Students Suffer Under the Burden of No Finals

Gila Lehon '26, Staff Writer June 16, 2024

Upon releasing the first-semester report cards in February, the administration announced that there would be no finals and instead a few weeks of end-of-year non-cumulative assessments. This choice has...

How Should We Talk About October 7th?

Olivia Levine '25, Editor-in-Chief June 16, 2024

October 7th was over seven months ago, but the trauma still feels just as fresh as the day the horrors began. On social media, in school, during holidays, and in conversations with family and friends,...

A Long-Standing Double Standard Against Jews

Daphne Stifelman ’25, News Editor June 16, 2024

We must stand strongly and proudly against antisemitism, and we must never silence ourselves for fear of angering others. Amidst the recent “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” at Columbia University, a Jewish...

The ICJ Ruling Fuels Anti-Zionist Propaganda

The Helios Editorial Board May 13, 2024

On March 28, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a ruling stating that while Israel is not currently committing genocide in Gaza, they must take preventative steps to ensure this does not become...

Conflicting Opinions: Tefillah Exploration Week

Gila Lehon '26 and Simon Arenson '26 May 13, 2024

Gila’s Perspective: Tefillah Exploration Week happens once a year for three days at Heschel and offers students an opportunity to try a new tefillah environment. Throughout the year, hours are...

Celebrities Wear Red “Ceasefire” Pin to Oscars, Prompts Controversies

Hannah Wurzburger ‘26, Editor-in-Chief May 13, 2024

On March 10 in Hollywood, CA, 1,000 protesters calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war surrounded the Dolby Theater before the 96th Oscars award ceremony. The protest disrupted traffic and forced...

Heschel Needs to Start Caring More About Mincha

Simon Arenson ‘26, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

One of Heschel’s key values is pluralism. If they want to live by this ideal, they must accommodate all types of Jews–Orthodox and Reform, observant and secular. While Heschel works to ensure all students...

Harvard’s President Resigned, but for the Wrong Reason

March 15, 2024

On Jan. 2, Claudine Gay, Harvard’s former President, resigned after only six months in office. While Harvard’s board claims the reason for her resignation was plagiarism, the real motivation for this...

Kanye’s Antisemitism Should Be the Least of Our Concerns

Tessa Mank ‘25, Opinions Editor March 15, 2024

Prior to the recent spike in antisemitism following the events of Oct. 7, rapper Kanye West had made multiple antisemitic comments, among them the threat to go “deathcon 3 on the JEWISH PEOPLE,” which...

The Issue with Friday Lunch

Maya Ortner ‘25, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

Heschel’s Friday lunches–which often feature breakfast for lunch, pizza bagels, and grilled cheese–are some of the best and most exciting of the week. After a long week of classes, these lunches...

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