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Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

My semester in Israel – Mimi Baron

On January 9, at 7:00 pm this year, I was in the car driving with my family to Sydney International Airport, about to board flight EY455. There were laughs, there were tears and there were the final selfies with the ‘departures sign’. “We will miss you Mimi”, my family said. ...
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Gabriella ben zvy

Student of the Week – Gabriella Ben Zvy

My name is Gabriella Ben-Zvy, I’m from Rockland County, New York. I graduated from Clarkstown Senior North High School during COVID in 2020 and I got accepted to the honors program at Rockland Community College where I graduated last May! I chose to go on a gap year because I ...
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Shavuot dvar torah

Shavuot Dvar Torah

This Friday we celebrate the festival on Shavout. It was on this day over 3,300 years ago that the Jewish people stood at the base of Mount Sinai and received the Torah according to the Jewish tradition. Undoubtedly, the reception of this G-dly wisdom greatly influenced the moral and ethical ...
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Parshat bamidbar

Parshat Bamidbar

This week we begin the fourth book of the Five Books of Moses entitled “Bamidbar,” or “In the wilderness.” G-d has created so many wondrous sites in this world. There are the massive, awe-inspiring mountain ranges of the Himalayas, the incredibly beautiful chains of islands in the Caribbean, as well ...
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The aardvark monthly - april 2023

The Aardvark Monthly – April 2023

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, Wow, April flew by! We hope this newsletter finds you well, and we hope you have had meaningful experiences like our students have.. As we welcome the month of May, we are excited to share some updates from our Aardvarkians, who are now starting ...
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International Trip to Poland – Matt Siegel

My experience in Poland was a deeply emotional and profound one, as it allowed me to bear witness to the sites where my ancestors were tortured, suffered, and murdered. In addition, the trip was crucial in strengthening my connection to my Jewish identity and love for Israel, which are significant ...
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Ella duvdevani

Student of the Week – Ella Duvdevani

My name is Ella Duvdevani, I am from Birmingham, Alabama and I went to Mountain Brook High School. I chose to go on a gap year because I wanted to have exciting new experiences in Israel, connect to Judaism, and make friends from across the world! I chose Aardvark Israel ...
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Behar and bechukotai

Parashat Hashavua – Behar and Bechukotai

This week we read the Torah portions of Behar and Bechukotai. The latter portion discusses various curses that will come upon the people should they not act in accordance with the moral and ethical specifications of the Torah. If G-d is all good and loves His people as His children, ...
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Gilad nagar

Student of the Week – Gilad Nagar

My name is Gilad Nagar, I am from Melbourne, Australia and I went to Mount Scopus Memorial College. I chose to go on a gap year program because I wanted to explore the world whilst living independently. I also wanted to take some time away from studying before going to ...
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Pesach sheni

Pesach Sheni

This Friday is the widely unknown festival known as Pesach Sheni, or “Second Passover.” After the Jewish people celebrated their first Passover as a free people, a number of people who were unable to celebrate Passover due to circumstances beyond their control approached Moses. (https://midwaymoving.com) “What of us?!” they cried. ...
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Dustin feldman

Student of the Week – Dustin Feldman

My Name is Dustin Feldman, I am from Melbourne, Australia and I went to school at Bialik College. I chose to go on a gap year to embrace the opportunity to explore creativity and innovation in Israel and create international connections with like-minded people. Aardvark Israel sounded like a great ...
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Yom hazikaron

Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

This week we read the Torah portions of Acharei Mot and Kedoshim. Additionally, we find ourselves in the middle of Sefirat HaOmer; the special countdown, or more accurately count-up, to Shavuot. There is a clear connection between a verse in the portions and the Sefirat HaOmer. Beyond just being the ...
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Taya samuels

Student of the Week – Taya Samuels

My name is Taya Samuels, I’m from Melbourne Australia and went to Mount Scopus Memorial College. I chose to go on a gap year because I realised that after such intense studying in year 12, I was not ready to go to uni and start studying again so a gap ...
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Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

Student of the Week – Josh Green

My name is Josh Green, I was born and raised right near Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia and now I’m just nearing the end of 4 months of living in Tel Aviv. After graduating from Moriah College in October of 2022 I decided to spend a semester with Aardvark. To ...
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The aardvark monthly - march 2023

The Aardvark Monthly – March 2023

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, We are so happy to be with you here again, telling you about our students’ adventures from the past month. With Women’s Day, Purim, internships, volunteering, and two international trips to exciting places – wow, we just can’t wait to tell you all about ...
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Joshua kanarek

Student of the Week – Joshua Kanarek

My name is Joshua Kanarek, more commonly known as Aussie Josh within the communities. I’m from Melbourne Australia and went to Bialik College. I chose to do a Gap Year as I wanted to give myself time away from studying after year 12, whilst being able to explore Israel and ...
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Last day of pesach dvar torah

Last Day of Pesach Dvar Torah

The final day of Pesach commemorates the separation of the Reed Sea. It was at this time that the liberation from Egypt was finally complete as Pharaoh and his riders were crushed in the Sea. As a result, many recall the miracle by reciting the song at the sea. When ...
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Parashat shemini

Parashat Shemini

The Baal Shem Tov was once traveling with some of his disciples. They decided to stop at an inn for a meal. Immediately upon arrival the students went to inquire about the shochet (ritual slaughterer). They inspected his knife and began questioning him on his knowledge of kashrut and Jewish ...
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The aardvark monthly - february 2023

The Aardvark Monthly – February 2023

Shalom Parents, Students, Partners, and Staff, The semester is flying by, and we are already nearly halfway through! The students are really beginning to feel like Israelis. A lot happened this month, so let us tell you all about it. Shall we? Naomi from Los Angeles, volunteering at Ichilov Hospital ...
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Yossi rosha

Student of the Week – Yossi Rosha

My name is Yosef Yitzchak (Yossi) Rosha, I’m from North-East London I went to Hasmonean High School. I chose to do a gap year because I wanted a different sort of experience between school, the army, and the rest of my life. I chose Aardvark Israel because it seemed to ...
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