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The Lion's Tale

Junior reflects on personal battle with depression and recovery process

Junior reflects on personal battle with depression and recovery process

Yona Levitt, Guest Columnist
June 1, 2016
Filed under Guest Column, In-Depth, In-Depth, Opinion

This past fall, I battled major depression and suicidal thoughts. For the first six weeks of my depression, I had not told anybody about my troubles, only making the depression worse and more dangerous. It is unclear to me as to why I thought this, but I was positive that I would die on Oct. 28, 2015...

Facing the stigma together through social media

Facing the stigma together through social media

Editorial Staff
June 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we might expect to find our various social media feeds filled with information and posts on mental health. Unfortunately, a quick scroll through Twitter or Facebook will show just the opposite: an uncanny silence regarding mental health and the seriousness of th...

Cutting out conformity through fashion

Cutting out conformity through fashion

Talia Cohen, Guest Columnist
June 1, 2016
Filed under Guest Column, Opinion

Walking through the halls of CESJDS are hundreds of individuals, and yet at first glimpse they all mix together. There is a sea of Lululemon leggings, maroon Brandy Melville T-shirts and white low-top Converse shoes. This does not inherently look like a problem, but it becomes one when teens feel li...

The problem with Maryland’s new drunk driving law

The problem with Maryland’s new drunk driving law

Gabe Krantz, Opinion Editor
June 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion

It is no secret that many people drive after consuming alcohol, but the new Alex and Calvin’s law does not help solve this major problem. Especially given the grave circumstances in which it was inspired, it fails to address a main cause of teen drunk driving: the adults who supply the alcohol. Dru...

Restaurant review: Zoës Kitchen

Restaurant review: Zoës Kitchen

Shira Godin, Reporter
April 4, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Style

Zoës Kitchen has always been a go-to restaurant for my family. Being 10 minutes away from my house it is convenient as well. With its modern decor and fast service, Zoës Kitchen has never let me down. The food at Zoës Kitchen is created based on a Mediterranean-style menu. The menu consists of d...

Pressing for gender equality in the school curriculum

Pressing for gender equality in the school curriculum

Sophie Handloff, Guest Columnist
March 11, 2016
Filed under Guest Column, Opinion

There are numerous aspects of society that contribute to gender inequality, one being the education of students today. This is especially true when it comes to the study of women’s roles in history. As a student at CESJDS, I have noticed an absence of education on female figures who have affected worl...

A normal day at CESJDS

A normal day at CESJDS

Ben Shrock, Editorial Cartoonist
March 11, 2016
Filed under Opinion

cartoon by Ben Shrock

A call for teamwork

A call for teamwork

Editorial Staff
March 11, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase, Staff Editorial

With major change comes an even larger reaction. That’s most likely why the reaction to the fact that both the middle school and the high school will have overhauled schedules starting next year has been met with opinions ranging across the spectrum. Many students disagree on whether the block schedule...

What I’ve been waiting to say

What I’ve been waiting to say

Yonatan Greenberg, Outgoing Managing Editor, Copy
February 2, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

I figure that the ultimate purpose of writing is to make some element of change, so since this is my last time writing for this paper, I am finally going to give it a shot. I haven’t been especially vocal about what I am about to say until now because I thought that doing so would annoy people. In...

Holding on to what we’ve learned

Holding on to what we’ve learned

Carol Silber, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
January 31, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column

If you’ve been in or around the senior alcove at 3:45 p.m. over the past several weeks, you’ve watched as the senior class gathers together, as 80 chanting voices count down from ten, as one selected senior jumps from the trash-strewn couches, leaps up, grabs onto that day’s designated piece of...

It’s complicated: My relationship with the Israeli refugee crisis

It’s complicated: My relationship with the Israeli refugee crisis

Malka Himelhoch, Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
January 30, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Senior Column, Uncategorized

This summer I was privileged to be a Fellow on the Bronfman Fellowship in Israel. Along with 25 other 17 year olds, I spent the summer discussing Judaism and the role of Judaism in the modern world. Over the course of the summer, we had the opportunity to speak to many important people including A.B....

Not just a day off

Not just a day off

Gabe Krantz, Opinion Editor
January 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

“A day on, not a day off.” We have all heard this saying seemingly every year since Martin Luther King Day was declared a national holiday and day of service in 1994. The idea of a day of service, one when everyone chips in some time to better the community, seems fitting for a day honoring Martin...