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Students deserve freedom of the press

Students deserve freedom of the press

Editorial Staff
January 21
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

We at the Lion’s Tale are very lucky to have journalistic independence and to be free of censorship from our school’s administration. Unfortunately, not all schools in the United States are as lucky. As our school's eighth graders learn, ever since the landmark Supreme Court case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier,...

Opinion: Lessons Learned from Ezra Schwartz

Opinion: Lessons Learned from Ezra Schwartz

Hannah Wexler, Guest Columnist
December 7
Filed under Opinion

Alumna Hannah Wexler ('15) reflects on the death of Ezra Schwartz, who was killed in the West Bank on Nov.19 during his gap year in Israel. Wexler attended summer camp with Schwartz for eight years at Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire. Loving, caring, passionate, proud, silly and happy. If I were to ...

Female Role Models Today — the Pinnacle of Perfection

Female Role Models Today — the Pinnacle of Perfection

Talia Horowitz, Features Editor
October 7
Filed under Opinion

Sept. 22 was American Business Women’s Day, a day that is to say the least, one of those national days you see illustrated on the google homepage which alerts you to the fact that you have never heard of this day in your life. In a slight homage to this not very well known day, I thought it would be...

Two Perspectives on Yom Hazikaron

Two Perspectives on Yom Hazikaron

Josh Paretzky
May 1
Filed under Opinion

An American in Israel and an Israeli in America share their experiences and thoughts on this past Israeli Memorial Day. By Shai Zarka For an Israeli, Yom Hazikaron is one of the most emotional and patriotic days of the year. Not being in Israel on this day, by my sibling soldiers, is a noticeable...

Holocaust Remembrance Day Was a Unifying Experience

Sara Heckelman, Guest Columnist
April 27
Filed under Opinion

“Sure. I’ll do it,” I answered in what I felt had to be a solemn tone due to the subject at hand. In reality, I was quite eager to begin preparing for something as meaningful and beautiful as the Holocaust Remembrance Day Vigil. As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I feel an unspoken obligation...

The Problems With Hebrew Class

The Problems With Hebrew Class

Izzy Friedland, Reporter
April 16
Filed under Opinion

An elephant lives in JDS. It’s big, and it’s ugly, and it sneaks around the 300s, sticking its trunk into classes of students with vacant stares and deaf ears. Nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the classroom. Anybody who has ever studied Hebrew on the intermediate or lower levels knows...

AB_E: My College Didn’t Accept Me

Alec Shrager
December 17
Filed under Opinion

Last Saturday, I woke up with one thought in my mind: go to the computer and check whether you are accepted to the school that was at the top of your list. Short story short, that dream was rapidly crushed by a single computerized letter. I was denied with the cliché words of “we have just completed...

Editorial: Finding our news

Editorial: Finding our news

December 17
Filed under Opinion

We have just launched a redesign of the Lion’s Tale website. At the beginning of the year, we described the new kehillahs, new schedules and new administration that have already begun impacting our school. Following suit, we now have a new website, with a new focus on you. We want to hear what you...

Moving towards the unknown

Matthew Litman
December 17
Filed under Opinion

I don’t feel like a senior. I’m not that tall, I still laugh whenever one of my teachers fails to work the projector, and yet, in just a couple of weeks I’ll be graduating. Not to say that it all went by so quickly, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t think I’m ready. For the past thirteen...