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Jerusalem pre-arrival 2016

Dear Parents and Future Aardvarkians, Congratulations! By deciding to spend this year in Israel, you have made a wonderful decision that has the potential to be a life changing experience. It will be an adventure you will never forget. My name is Natali Basel and I’m the Coordinator for the …

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The Levinsky Spice Market

While the most famous market in Israel is in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv still has its fair share of markets and they are certainly worth a visit. One of these is the Levinsky Market, which some have described as a Pandora’s box of immigrant stories dating back to the end of …

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The Unique Street Art of Machane Yehuda

While during the week the streets of the Machane Yehuda market are packed with shoppers and sellers by day and restaurants and bars by night, on Saturdays the place is empty and silent with the shutters on all the shops pulled down and locked. It is this that gave Solomon …

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Machne Yehuda Market – By Night

Once evening falls and the sellers have packed up for the day Machne Yehuda market transforms into one of the most vibrant night scenes that Jerusalem has to offer. The market is home to a number of bars, cafes and restaurants and most evenings they are full to the brim …

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Machne Yehuda Market – By Day

Machne Yehuda is Jerusalem’s main market, situated between Jaffa Street and Agripas Street just on the edge of the neighbourhood of Nachlaot. The market is comprised of two main streets, an open air street and a covered street which are packed with stalls and shops. Between the streets is a …

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Aardvark Plus Participant of the Week- Temima Mayer!

Hi! I am Temima Mayer from Johannesburg,South Africa. (the girl on the left with red hair) After having spent an incredible 4.5 months living in Tel Aviv I have traveled across the ocean to continue my gap year experience with Aardvark by working at an American Jewish Summer Camp. I …

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The Best Museums to Visit in Israel

In a county with as much history and culture as Israel it is no surprise that there are a great many excellent museums to visit in the country. In fact there are more museums per capital in Israel than anywhere else in the world. You will visit some of these …

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Lag b'omer on mount meron

Lag B’omer on Mount Meron

Lag B’Omer is the thirty-third day of the Omer, the seven week period which marks the 50 days between the Jews leaving Egypt and the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. During the Omer religious Jews mark the passing of each day in their evening prayers and during the …

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Water Hikes in Israel

One of the small downsides to Israel is that for many it can feel oppressively hot for much of the year. However, it is a great shame to miss seeing what the country has to offer just because of the heat and an excellent way around this is to go …

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Tel Aviv’s Best Beaches

As a coastal city it is no surprise that life in Tel Aviv is in many ways centred on the beach. Locals love to spend their free time hanging out by the sea, whether they are strolling along the promenade, going for a run, sun bathing, swimming or enjoying any …

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Tekhelet – Have They Found The Real Thing?

Tekhelet is a blue dye that is mentioned frequently throughout the Torah (Old Testament). It was used in the creation of the Cohen HaGadol’s (High Priest’s) clothing, creating the tapestries in the Tabernacle and for the Tzitzit (tassels) which are fixed to the four corners of a garment. The Talmud …

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Jerusalem’s Nightlife

One of Jerusalems best features is how varied it is and this is especially true when it comes to the nightlife. Regardless of what kind of night out you are after it is more than likely that it can be found in Jerusalem. In regards to pubs and bars Jerusalem …

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Alumnus of the Week – Sara Hope

Hi! My name is Sara Hope and I am from a gorgeous coastal town in the States. I had an amazing time while I was on Aardvark. I was able to learn the language of my ancestors with the best ulpan, travel all over the country, and most importantly, learn …

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Alumnus of the Week – Noah Glazier

Hi! My name is Noah Glazier and I am from Carmel, Indiana. Two and a half years ago, I decided that I wanted to finish high school a little bit early. I took some extra classes and made that a reality. My parent’s only stipulation was that I have concrete …

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Alumnus of the Week – Kerren Leibowitz

My name is Kerren Leibowitz. I am from Johannesburg South Africa. I participated Aardvark in January 2014- June 2014. Oy! My favourite memory… I have to say the one thing that I loved the most was Shavuot. We spent it in the Old City in Jerusalem. We took a bus …

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The Israeli Army’s Code of Ethics

One of the first things a soldier learns when beginning basic training in the Israeli Army is Ruach Tzahal or the Spirit of the IDF. This is a short document which represents the IDF’s code of ethics and all soldiers are given a small copy of it to carry with …

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Selah Email

Hello to all the Selah crew for 2016-2017! Now that we have finished last year’s program I am already looking forward to next year and with Shavuot coming up I thought I’d share a few thoughts and a photo with you. On Shavuot we read the Book of Ruth, a …

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Israeli sporting triumphs

While Israel may not be best known for its sporting achievements there is actually a large amount of sporting activity in the county and a fair amount of success. For instance at the 2015 European Games Israel brought home an impressive 12 medals. The medals came in a range of …

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Student of the week – Reina Salky

Student of the week – Reina Salky Hi! My name is Reina Salky and I am from a beautiful town in Colorado called Steamboat Springs. I chose to embark on my journey to Israel after my cousin Eli, an Aardvark alumni, came back and shared all of his incredible experiences …

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Student of the Week – Jonah Dafilou

“My Year in Israel” To LiveThe other day I was walking down Florentine and I couldn’t help but feel a gut pain. As I walked by the graffiti I’ve come to know every detail of and pass familiar shop owners, I saw the last 5 months flash before my eyes …

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