The Rampage

Too Much Screen Time

Too Much Screen Time

Gabby Ostad ’21

April 1, 2020

Has your screen time more than doubled since you’ve been learning at home? Do you have trouble falling asleep at night because of all the blue light that you were exposed to during the day? If the answer is yes to either or both of those questions, you are not alone. As the coronavirus pandemic has...

Cell Phones in School: Are they Necessary?

Cell Phones in School: Are they Necessary?

Andrew Spielfogel ’23

March 29, 2020

During the RamJam show this past semester, 400 students watched the spectacular performances created by fellow peers in amazement. A courageous student pulled out a phone with a sly smile, planning to get away with playing video games, until Rabbi Stochel came over and confiscated it. After witnessin...

My Experience at AIPAC 2020

My Experience at AIPAC 2020

Tammy Palagi '21

March 23, 2020

AIPAC 2020 was truly an experience I will never forget. This was my second year attending the conference as a part of the Ramaz delegation. I had the privilege of hearing so many speakers that I usually see on TV, and it made me realize how many influential government officials are willing to fight ...

My Fear of the Anti-Semitism Rally

My Fear of the Anti-Semitism Rally

William Kremer ’21

February 5, 2020

On January 1, 2020, as 90,000 Jews gathered to celebrate the 13th cycle of completing daf yomi with a Siyum Hashas at MetLife Stadium, thousands of others read a New Year’s Day editorial in the New York Times titled, “It’s an Old and Insidious Hatred. And New Yorkers Can’t Stand for It: A show of...

What do Ramaz Students Think About Trump’s Executive Order?

What do Ramaz Students Think About Trump’s Executive Order?

Rebecca Silber ’23

February 5, 2020

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, President Trump signed an “Executive Order on Combating anti-Semitism.” The executive order clarified that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin—protects Jews. For example, this will al...

Talmud vs. Tanakh: Why Do We Have So Many Talmud Classes?

Talmud vs. Tanakh: Why Do We Have So Many Talmud Classes?

Rachel Freilich '22

February 5, 2020

If you ask a Ramaz student, “What’s valued more at Ramaz: Talmud or Tanakh?” they would probably say Talmud. From freshman through senior years, Ramaz students could experience up to nine periods of Talmud a week and, most definitely, nine periods of Talmud per rotation. While walking through the halls...

Time Limit for Teachers?

Time Limit for Teachers?

Tammy Palagi '21

January 26, 2020

The first thing that most students wonder when putting down their pencils and breathing a sigh of relief after finishing a test is: what did I get on this?! After putting in immense amounts of effort into writing essays, putting together projects, and studying for tests, there is nothing more frustrati...

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...

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