gap year in israel

Parshat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Yom hazikaron

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 counting between Pesach and Shavuot, […]

Student of the Week – Taya Samuels

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 year offered me the long […]

Student of the Week – Josh Green

Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael

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 me, Aardvark Israel presented a […]

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 it! So? What are you […]

Student of the Week – Joshua Kanarek

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 the wider world. When I […]

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 we look at the verses […]

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 law. They returned to the […]

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 Jewish Identity seminar in the […]

Student of the Week – Yossi Rosha

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 match all my preferences, such […]

Pesach Dvar Torah

Pesach dvar torah

During Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, a group of his highly trained soldiers got stuck in a snowstorm and had to spend the night in the home of a pious Jew. Although Napoleon’s cavalry was the best of their kind, the heavy winter snow would not allow them to journey on any further. As they were […]