Debates

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Helios Debates

The New York Times recently published a cartoon that has been widely condemned as anti-Semitic. The cartoon depicted a blind President Trump wearing a kippah being led by a dog with a Star of David collar and the face of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The prompt this edition is: […]

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Reflection: Purpose of Reading Quizzes

By Sarah Horvath ‘21   Before conducting my investigation, I was set on writing an op-ed about why reading quizzes are unfair and why English teachers should not give them. To me, reading quizzes often feel unnecessary, as the questions are much more complex than needed to check for basic […]

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Heschel Conflicts with Yeshiva League

By Raphaela Gold ‘21 and Talia Levin ‘20   Heschel has recently experienced conflicts with the regulations mandated by the Yeshiva League. The Yeshiva League, or more formally, the Metropolitan Yeshiva High School Athletic League, is a high school athletic league made up of 37 mostly-Orthodox Yeshivas and Jewish Day […]

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Homophobia at Heschel

By Abby Fisher ‘19   “That’s the gayest thing I’ve ever seen,” one student said. “Yeah, that kid’s such a fag,” the other responded. While I wish this was a fabricated anecdote, one from fiction or one overheard at another school, this was an exchange I heard during the Harmonizers’ […]

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Heschel Foreign Language Classes Proven Effective

Anna Dubey ‘21   Though high school foreign language classes are often stereotyped as subpar, some contend that Heschel’s are an exception. Both students and teachers at Heschel feel that classes offered by the foreign language department are highly effective in educating students and increasing their comfort in Latin, Spanish, […]

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Reflection: Go To Shul

Hana Halff ‘21   On Saturday, November 3, 2018,  I dove deep into my closet and retrieved a Shabbat dress that had not been touched since Rosh Hashanah, left my phone at home, and canceled any previous plans I had made, to attend a Solidarity Shabbat at my shul. As […]

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Middle School Perspective: Columbine Walkout

By Eliza Fisher ‘23 At 10:00 AM on Friday, April 20th, middle and high school students walked out of their classrooms and gathered on the sidewalk next to Heschel to commemorate the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. During the walkout, a small group of sixth […]

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Cell Phones More Present Than Our Presence

“Please put your phones away.” This announcement precedes almost every assembly and school-wide gathering. Teenage attachment to cell phones is not limited to our high school. It is, however, negatively affecting our school culture and undermining our respect for teachers and students who deserve our attention. Smartphones can be incredibly […]