gap year in israel

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 […]

Why Take a Gap Year in Israel?

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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 gap year in Israel can […]

Back to School in Israel

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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 a strong emphasis on academic […]

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 object is in fact a […]

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 love, tolerance, patience, compassion, peace, […]

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 Camp Celebrating the Fourth of […]

Parshat Re’eh

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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 children of G-d. Additionally, Moshe […]

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 translated as “when” or “because.” […]

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 his departure and the beginning […]