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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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Why Take a Gap Year in Israel?

If you’re considering going back to school and are interested in exploring new opportunities, a gap year program in Israel might be worth considering. Israel offers a unique and enriching experience for students who want to take a break from traditional education and immerse themselves in a different culture. A ...
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Can you guess which coding language elliot and robby are learning?

Back to School in Israel

Going back to school in Israel can be an exciting and transformative experience. Whether you are a student returning after a break or an adult looking to further your education, there are several factors to consider when considering this journey. In Israel, the education system is highly regarded globally, with ...
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Parshat ki teitzei

Parshat Ki Teitzei

The anecdote is told of a businessman who was traveling by carriage. He decides to take a short break by a nearby stream. Upon arrival, he sees a man sitting peacefully by the water playing with a large, shiny object. As the businessman approaches closer, he sees that the shiny ...
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Parshat shoftim

Parshat Shoftim

There is an ancient Cherokee anecdote that is told of a chief that sits around the fireplace with the children of the reservation. He tells the children, “You should know that within each of you, a war is being waged between two wolves. The first wolf is a wolf of ...
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Cameila freites

Alumni of the Month – Camelia Freites

My name is Camelia Freites, I’m from Argentina but currently I’m living in Israel. I did Aardvark Israel in 2020 and lived in Florentine, Tel Aviv for 8 months. After finishing high school I knew I wanted to travel. I’m from a small city in Argentina and back then I felt ...
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The aardvark monthly - july 2023

The Aardvark Monthly – July 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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Parshat Re’eh

In this week’s Torah portion, Moses continues his final address to the nation. He warns them that they should be careful not to be influenced by foreign ideologies and practices. Moreover, they should be cautious with what they consume; avoiding blood and nonkosher animals. We are reminded that we are ...
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Parshat eikev

Parshat Eikev

This week’s portion opens with the words, “And it will be when you heed these ordinances” (Deut. 7:12). The subsequent verses proceed to relate all of the blessings that G-d will grant the Jewish people for upholding the commandments. The term “eikev,” which our portion is named after, is typically ...
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Caleigh blumenow

Alumni of the Month – Caleigh Blumenow

My name is Caleigh Blumenow, I’m from Johannesburg South Africa and I went to King David Linksfiled High School. I was an Aardvark Isreal student in Jerusalem this past semester and currently working at a summer camp in the US as part of the Aardvark Semester Plus Program, where I ...
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Eytan fainman

Alumni of the Month – Eytan Fainman

Although my pride as a Jew was strong and reinforced in Johannesburg, South Africa; I had always known I would make the move to Israel as soon as I finished high school. Many questions arose during this time, like what would I do? When and what will I study? And ...
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Maya laufer

Alumni of the Month – Maya Laufer

My name is Maya and I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. I am currently living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A few years ago, back in 2020, I did Aardvark Israel and it was the best experience of my life. I lived in Tel Aviv in an apartment with 4 other girls ...
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Ella newell

Alumni of the Month – Ella Newell

My name is Ella Newell am originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and today I live in Herzliya, Israel.I attended Aardvark Israel in the Fall of 2019, until the Spring of 2020. After finishing high school I decided I wanted to take a year to discover more of my Jewish identity ...
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Parshat vaetchanan

Parshat VaEtchanan

The renowned American psychologist, Gordon Allport, once stated that as soon as scientific findings contradict concepts or ideas held in a given faith or religious scripture, that faith or scripture is no longer relevant. In this week’s Torah portion entitled VaEtchanan, Moshe continues his final address to the people before ...
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Ben whaba

Alumni of the Month – Ben Wahba

My name is Ben Whaba, I’m from Portland, Oregon and today I live in Herzliya, Israel. I did Aardvark Israel from January to August 2020. I chose to do a gap year because I needed a break after many years of school, and I chose Aardvark because it looked great ...
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Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Alumni of the Month – Isaac Shapiro

My name is Isaac Shapiro, I am from Bellingham, Washington, and today I am living in Herzliya. I did Aardvark in September 2019. I chose Aardvark because I always wanted to live in Israel and it’s the perfect program to meet people from all around the world. After being on ...
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Alumni of the Month – Daniel Judcowicz

My name is Daniel Judcowicz, I’m originally from Vancouver and today I live in Florentine, the same neighborhood I was living in on gap year. I did Aardvark Israel from January 2020- August 2020. In Vancouver, not many people travel or take a gap year before college. I did 6 ...
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Student of the Week – Remy Sharfman

My name is Remy Sharfman and I am from and currently live in Johannesburg, In sunny South Africa. I decided to go on Aardvark Israel for the full year from January until December as a break before I start university. After I finished high school, I decided to take a ...
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Parshat Devarim

This week we begin the fifth and final book of the Torah, Devarim or Deuteronomy. This book is called by the sages “Mishneh Torah” or the “reiteration of the Torah.” Just before Moses passes away and the Jews begin the conquest of the Land of Israel, Moses chooses – as ...
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Shoham korzia

Alumni of the Month – Shoham Korzia

I’m Shoham Korzia, from Johannesburg, South Africa. After graduating from Torah Academy in 2022, I made the exciting decision to take a gap year before starting university. I discovered Aardvark Israel, which offered me a unique chance to experience independent life in Israel while learning to code and connecting with ...
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