The Rampage

Does Ramaz Have Too Many Assemblies?

Does Ramaz Have Too Many Assemblies?

Rebecca Massel '21 and Charles Spielfogel ’21

December 6, 2019

Everyone knows the excitement of getting a Schoology post that classes are shorter to accommodate an assembly. But, what about when that assembly is during B4, one’s only free period of the week? Throughout the first semester, students have felt that there has been an increase in assemblies: some fo...

Freshman Shabbaton

Freshman Shabbaton

Andrew Spielfogel ’23

December 5, 2019

On a cool November morning, Ramaz first years assembled to depart for their first grade-wide sleepover—the Freshman Shabbaton. The weekend before Thanksgiving, the freshmen got to bond, make new friends and express their appreciation for each other during a weekend devoted to fun activities and ruach. Af...

Is the New Makeup Test Policy Fair?

Is the New Makeup Test Policy Fair?

William Kremer ’21

December 5, 2019

What's worse: a strike, or a failed test? For most Ranaz students, it would indubitably be failing a test. More than ever, certain freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and even seniors have taken on the practice of arriving to school late on days when they have tests in the morning, trying to squeeze in t...

Sophomores Need More Attention from College Guidance

Sophomores Need More Attention from College Guidance

Nicole Hirschkorn '22

November 13, 2019

Getting into college is more challenging than ever, so it should come as no surprise that many students rely on more than just grades and scores to earn spots in top schools. College guidance is a vital part of the process and yet it is completely unaddressed during sophomore year at Ramaz.Freshman year is ...

Privileges, or Rights?

Privileges, or Rights?

Caitlin Levine '21

November 13, 2019

At Ramaz privileges are hierarchical. Seniors, juniors and sophomores all receive distinct freedoms to leave the school building during the school day. Seniors enjoy complete privileges—they are allowed to leave the school building at all times everyday. Juniors are privileged to leave school twic...

School on Chol Hamoed?

School on Chol Hamoed?

Charles Spielfogel ’21

November 11, 2019

Throughout the long week of Sukkot, Ramaz students wondered why we have school on Chol Hamoed. Most other yeshivot have the entire week off. Many families travel to Israel and other destinations for the chag. For those of us who were here, we attended school, but we did not learn so much. We had a hal...

More Water Fountains; Fewer Water Bottles

More Water Fountains; Fewer Water Bottles

William Kremer ’21

November 10, 2019

Sixty-million plastic bottles are used throughout the world every day. Twenty-two billion plastic bottles are used in a year. That amounts to eight million tons of plastic that pollute our oceans annually. That's the equivalent of the weight of 14 million elephants. As many people know, plastic is no...

Many Central Park Trips? A Freshman Perspective

Many Central Park Trips? A Freshman Perspective

Andrew Spielfogel ’23

November 10, 2019

With the autumn leaves beginning to fill the crisp September air, the students enjoyed Ramaz’s first school-wide excursion of the year: the annual Central Park Trip. While the trip has historically taken place in November, this year, the trip was planned as a positive springboard into the year, allo...

When Will It Change?

Eve Schizer ’22

September 2, 2019

I remember my horror upon receiving two breaking news alerts about mass shootings within 24 hours. I wanted to scream, because Dayton was the 251st shooting on the 216th day of the year—that means there was more than one shooting per day. On that dreadful weekend, the first shooting took plac...

Summer SAT/ACT: To Study, or Not to Study?

Adam Vasserman ’21

September 2, 2019

During the summer, when Ramaz students aren’t getting stuck in elevators or polishing of the school’s renowned chocolate-chip cookies, they are scattered throughout locations as close as Saba’s on the Upper East Side and as far away as New Zealand. For rising Juniors and Seniors, ...

Do We Have Too Much Summer Homework?

Do We Have Too Much Summer Homework?

Charles Spiegelfogel ’21

September 2, 2019

Summer homework typically involves read- ing one or two books for English class and a Talmud reading assignment. Incoming freshmen have two books, sophomores have one book and are required to learn select chapters of Pirkei Avot, juniors have one book and two articles for Talmud, and seniors ...

What Happened to the Other Hemisphere?

What Happened to the Other Hemisphere?

Natalie Kahn ’19

May 28, 2019

I wasn’t the only student who felt the school should’ve said something about the New Zealand shooting a month ago or mentioned the attacks on Sri Lanka. For every attack on a Jewish location, whether it be vandalism of a synagogue or a terrorist attack in Israel, the school has taken at least a mom...

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