gap year in israel

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 marrying his daughter. The next […]

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. He journeyed through the opinions […]

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 was immediately captivated by his […]

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 Camp Celebrating the Fourth of […]

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 actions to take given the […]

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 Camp Celebrating the Fourth of […]

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 to deal with the situation. […]

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 to celebrate harvest and commemorate […]

Holiday Season in Israel

Students created their own shofar for the holidays

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 Year), the country comes alive […]

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 worker exhibited. Upon his return […]