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Opinion: Short Fridays Should be Year Round

Ari Werbin-Gradel, Features Editor June 2, 2022

Short Fridays are enjoyable and a well-deserved reward, so it is unfortunate that they only last for the winter. Short Fridays are meant to give us time to commute home and prepare for Shabbat, but it...

Protesters demonstrate against the leaked draft opinion in Washington, DC. Photo by Lilli Libowitz (LT)

Opinion: Supreme Court draft opinion to overturn “Roe v. Wade” threatens women’s rights

Sasha Karasik, Reporter May 17, 2022

After generations of women who fought to gain basic autonomous rights, I have been lucky to live in a time when women in the United States don’t have to worry about the government criminalizing abortions....

Opinion: “Don’t Say Gay” bill is a ridiculous attempt by Florida governor

Opinion: “Don’t Say Gay” bill is a ridiculous attempt by Florida governor

Lily Rulnick, Reporter May 5, 2022

The “Parental Rights in Education” bill, more popularly known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, was signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on March 28. The bill, which prohibits the education...

The class of 2021 performs a Hebrew song for the annual Zimriyah competition.

We should have a Zimriyah dance

Eitan Malkus, Editor in Chief April 29, 2022

As we stepped out onto the gym bleachers for Zimriyah, I couldn’t believe three months of choreographing, practicing and planning would come to an end in five short minutes. The other grades cheered...

Students engaged in a heated debate during their lunch period.

Keeping quiet to keep the peace

Stella Muzin, Reporter April 27, 2022

With politics becoming more prevalent in adolescents’ lives, students are naturally forming their own opinions and asking questions about topics such as laws or policies. However, with the polarization...

Opinion: It is difficult to separate art from an artist

Ellie Fischman, Opinion Editor April 12, 2022

When I was eight years old, I became obsessed with the “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling. I opened those books and it felt like they were a world made specifically for me, written by a person...

Comedic relief: Self-deprecating humor is unhelpful

Sadie Coxe, Reporter April 11, 2022

Self-deprecating humor is extremely common. We make fun of ourselves constantly, but often think nothing of it. On the face of it, there’s nothing wrong with a quip about messy handwriting or a comment...

Editorial: Belligerent book banning

April 11, 2022

Our generation has paved the way for discussing and educating ourselves on traditionally taboo subjects. However, this progress has been jeopardized by a slew of recent bills that prohibit school libraries...

Beauty filters use a variety of features that touch up the users appearance in a realistic way. Graphic by Ellie Fischman, LT

Opinion: Beauty filters reinforce negative beauty standards

Ellie Levine, Reporter April 6, 2022

Scrolling through any social media platform, it has become routine for me to see people’s altered pictures and videos, whether they are of our friends or celebrities. These alters and filters promote...

Support dogs vs. service animals: Should they have the same rights?

Support dogs vs. service animals: Should they have the same rights?

Alana Udell , Reporter March 31, 2022

Imagine yourself in a restaurant trying to enjoy your dinner in peace. Suddenly a dog runs up to you and begins barking and whining for food. Then out of nowhere, they jump on the table trying to get to...


Sasha Karasik, Reporter March 29, 2022

Having to wear bland colors, tight itchy pants and weird ties is not an experience I signed up for when deciding to go to a pluralistic school. Imposing school uniforms would go against everything that...



Lilli Libowitz, A&E Editor March 29, 2022

Each morning I wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face and then have to make the decision of what to wear to school that day. While it seems like an easy choice, it can quickly grow overwhelming as I consider...

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