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The Student News Site of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy


The Student News Site of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy


The Student News Site of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy


Tali Gortenburg

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Tali Gortenburg is a junior and this is her third year in publications. She is excited to fulfill her role of Co-Editor-in-Chief. This year, she hopes to be a role model for new writers and create a positive environment for staff.

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Parshat Mishpatim begins by outlining the laws of slave owning. Why isnt slavery immediately abolished? (Graphic by Ellie Glickman)

Parshat Mishpatim: Permitted Slavery?

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2024

Slavery is a concept all-but-foreign to America. The horrors of American chattel slavery are well-known, and its atrocities cannot be forgotten. It’s denounced as a sin of pure evil, something utterly...

What’s the Big Deal with Lashon Hara?

What’s the Big Deal with Lashon Hara?

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 9, 2024

“Lashon hara,” literally “evil speech,” is generally categorized as any form of speech (or other form of communication) that denigrates someone, or any speech that could cause a person any sort...

What do Kindergarteners think about Kindergarten?

What do Kindergarteners think about Kindergarten?

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 13, 2023

Whether it be about politics, music, or ice cream flavors, everyone has opinions. And by everyone, I mean everyone, even HBHA’s Kindergarteners!    So, what do they think about Kindergarten?   According...

On Rosh Hashana, the Jewish people celebrated the world turning 5,784.

Parshat Bereishit: Do Science and Judaism Contradict Each Other?

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 13, 2023

In the ocean, fish swam peacefully, and overhead, birds soared. Everywhere was green, and everywhere, nature sprouted, and everywhere, it was beautiful. It was paradise; the world had just been created.   On...

Terraria is a sandbox game developed by Re-Logic and released in 2011. Image by Ethan Hobbs

A Beginner’s Guide to Terraria

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 15, 2023

Terraria was released on May 16, 2011. A game of adventure, audacity, and exploration, Terraria was and still is an amazing video game today. The only problem is, it can become extremely complex and nearly...

The Missouri House of Representatives chamber. Photo by Flickr.

Why did the Missouri House update their dress code for women?

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 24, 2023

On Jan. 11, 2023, lawmakers in the Missouri House of Representatives voted to amend the dress code for representatives in the House. This change was proposed by Rep. Ann Kelley (R-127) and backed by other...

Many Smash Bros Players use Joy-Con Switch controllers to decimate their enemies. Photo by Tali Gortenburg.

“Super Smash Bros” Players Smash any Sense of Security at HBHA

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 8, 2023

I would like to begin by apologizing for my failures. Initially, I had set out on a mission to find out who the best character is in “Super Smash Bros” in order to help those who have never played...

Students pray on opposite sides of a mechitza in morning prayers. Image by Tali Gortenburg.

Is Judaism a Sexist Religion? Exploring the Kippah, Tallit, and Tefillin

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 8, 2022

Why is it a mitzvah for Jewish men to wear tallises, kippahs, and tefillin, yet these practices are not only not a requirement for women, but highly discouraged (at least by most of Orthodox Judaism)?...

A game console controller. Image by Pexels.

Wait a Minute, HBHA Has an Esports Team?

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 20, 2022

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s (HBHA) sports include: Basketball, soccer, cross country, volleyball,... and Esports?! Yep, you read that right. For the first time in the school’s history, an Esports...

If Conservatives are unhappy with the August 2 vote, they might attempt to remove Kansas justices through retention. Image by Tali Gortenburg.

What Does Judaism Say About Abortions?

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief November 3, 2022

On August 2, the state of Kansas voted to uphold Roe v. Wade (1973). For many, this was considered a win for the support of Kansans’ religious and bodily rights. For others, it was considered a law that...

Why Coexistence in Israel is important (Jewish Heritage Trip Edition)

Why Coexistence in Israel is important (Jewish Heritage Trip Edition)

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 16, 2022

Image by Cody Welton.   During late March, terror attacks occurred in Israel on an almost daily basis. It seemed everyday that the new terror attack would be displayed brightly upon...

Daniel Craig is Leaving 007 Behind: Who’s Next?

Daniel Craig is Leaving 007 Behind: Who’s Next?

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 14, 2022

Image from Wikimedia Commons From spontaneous explosions to epic car chases, dramatic nightclub meetings to nationwide man-hunts, “No Time to Die,” produced by Eon Productions and directed...

Project-Based Learning Takes on a New Form at HBHA: Podcasts

Project-Based Learning Takes on a New Form at HBHA: Podcasts

Tali Gortenburg, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 3, 2022

Image by Tali Gortenburg. In a room filled with books of Torah and a class time devoted to Jewish Studies, ninth-grade students stare at their screens and discuss statistics, musicians, and technology....

The RETURN of two HBHA Alums: Slater Sousley and Stella Shapiro

The RETURN of two HBHA Alums: Slater Sousley and Stella Shapiro

Tali Gortenburg and Zachary Liss December 10, 2021

Beginning this year, there have been some changes in the art department. When Kelly Reichman was on medical leave, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy hired two substitutes to cover her classes, and they both...

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