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Lili dagan

Student of the Week – Lili Dagan

My name is Lili Dagan and I’m from South Florida and graduated from American Heritage High School in Delray Beach. I stayed connected to Israel and its culture through Israeli Scouts Tzofim. I volunteered as a counselor there for four years passing on my knowledge and love for Israel to ...
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Fall semester summary

Fall Semester in Israel

Hey there! Are you considering spending your fall semester in Israel? Well, you’re in for an incredible experience! From the bustling streets of Tel Aviv to the historic sites of Jerusalem, Israel has so much to offer. Many students choose to take a gap year in Israel and immerse themselves ...
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Parshat ki tavo

Gap Year in Israel

Thinking about taking a gap year in Israel? Well, you’re in for an incredible adventure! Whether you’re considering spending the fall semester or an extended period of time, Israel offers a unique and enriching experience. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are two must-visit cities during your gap year in Israel. Tel ...
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Chanukah in israel

Chanukah in Israel

Chanukah in Israel is an exciting time, especially for those participating in a gap year program. It’s a holiday filled with joy, tradition, and of course, delicious food. One of the highlights of Chanukah in Israel is lighting the chanukiah, a special menorah used during this holiday. Each night, an ...
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Parshat Noach

Friends, there is something incredible in this week’s Torah portion of Noach. Prior to the flood, the Torah relates, “Now the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth became full of violence [Literally: Hamas]” (Genesis 6:11). We know what happens next; G-d sends a great flood and commands Noach ...
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Parshat bereshit

Parshat Bereshit

We are currently in one of the most trying periods in our national history. We’ve experienced unimaginable darkness and devastation. How do we respond in such situations? We are the people of the Book. When we seek clarity we need look no further than the Book; our holy Torah. This ...
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Shabbat simchat torah

Shabbat Simchat Torah

Once upon a time there was a king with an only daughter. As she reached marriageable age, the king sought a prince to wed his daughter. The greatest princes came for her hand but she turned everyone down. Fed up, the king decided the next person to ask would merit ...
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Rachel kitaygorodsky

Student of the Week – Rachel Kitaygorodsky

My name is Rachel Kitaygorodsky, I’m originally from New York and I went to high school in South Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. I chose to go on a gap year because I felt as though it would be an amazing and unique challenge that I would not get to ...
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Sukkot dvar torah

Sukkot Dvar Torah

A revered philosopher once came to visit Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov. The philosopher asked, “Rabbi what does it feel like to have bitachon (faith or confidence) in G-d?” The Baal Shem Tov responded, “What is it to you?” The philosopher began expounding upon the idea with a lengthy discourse. ...
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Schlomi asarja soussan

Student of the Week – Schlomi Asarja Soussan

My name is Schlomi Asarja Soussan and I am from Frankfurt, Germany. I went to the Jewish School in Frankfurt (I.E. Lichtigfeldschule) I wanted to go on a Gap Year because I was quite young when finishing school and wanted to enhance my skills, as well as get to know ...
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Yom kippur

Yom Kippur

A young man grew up in a very small and secluded village. He longed to journey beyond his village and see new places. After years of saving money, he managed to accumulate enough money to leave the village. With excitement, he took off to a neighboring town. Upon arrival, he ...
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Noa el bez

Student of the Week – Noa El Bez

My name is Noa El Bez, from Geneva, Switzerland. I recently graduated from the International School of Geneva. Instead of rushing into college, I chose to do a gap year to know more about who I am. What are my strengths and my weaknesses? My decision to join Aardvark Israel ...
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Shana tova from aardvark israel

Shana Tova from Aardvark Israel

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, It’s the final countdown! In less than a month our fall semester students will arrive, and a new semester begins. We can’t wait, can you? But right now, our Plus Program students are still in America! Corey, Shoham, Dani, and Eden at Cedar Lake ...
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Rosh hashana dvar torah

Rosh HaShana Dvar Torah

The animals of the jungle were crippled with fear. Word had spread like wildfire to every corner of the jungle that the king of the jungle, the mighty lion, was furious at the animals. Every one of them worried for their lives. They convened an emergency meeting to discuss what ...
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The aardvark monthly - august 2023

The Aardvark Monthly – August 2023

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, It’s the final countdown! In less than a month our fall semester students will arrive, and a new semester begins. We can’t wait, can you? But right now, our Plus Program students are still in America! Corey, Shoham, Dani, and Eden at Cedar Lake ...
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Andres justus

Student of the Week – Andres Justus

My name is Andres Justus, I’m from Mexico City, and I went to the American School Foundation. I chose Aardvark Israel to gain a deeper understanding of my Jewish heritage and have the opportunity to meet some amazing people along the way. This semester, I will intern at Targo Consulting. ...
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Parshat nitzavim-vayelech

Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech

The anecdote is told of a man who took out a rather substantial loan. As the payback date approached, the borrower still did not have the finances to pay off his loan. The lender was pressuring him and it was causing him much stress. He came up with a plan ...
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Sukkot in israel

Sukkot in Israel

So you’re thinking about spending your gap year in Israel? Well, let me tell you about one of the most exciting Jewish holidays celebrated there – Sukkot! Sukkot is a vibrant and joyous holiday that takes place in Israel during the autumn season. It’s a time when people come together ...
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Students created their own shofar for the holidays

Holiday Season in Israel

Israel is a popular destination for individuals looking to embark on a meaningful gap year program. With its rich history, diverse culture, and stunning landscapes, Israel offers a unique experience for those seeking personal growth and exploration. During the holiday season in Israel, particularly around Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New ...
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Parshat ki tavo

Parshat Ki Tavo

A king once took a stroll in the fields. As he passed by a farm, he couldn’t help but notice a certain worker chucking hay with his pitchfork. The worker had clearly mastered the technique. Beyond his impeccable form, the king marveled at the sheer strength and pace that the ...
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