Do it Yourself

How to Obtain a New Biometric Passport in Israel

Biometric passport of Israel For adults living in Israel, a passport will last just 10 years, and must then be renewed. Recently, the biometric passport has become the standard. Old passports will expire, and those living in Israel will then need to obtain the new biometric passport. In addition, the old ID (Teudat Zehut) is being phased out. When one applies for one's new passport, one will also need to obtain a new Teuhat Zehut (identity document). It is all easy enough to obtain - so long as one meets the requirements. What, however, must one do in order to obtain the new passport in the easiest, least frustrating manner as possible? We'll explore the exact process in this article, letting you know what you'll be in for and offering you some much needed tips! (more…)

By Eliyahu Shear, ago
Life in Israel

Minimum Wage in Israel Rises to ₪5300 – A History of Minimum Wage and Its Actual Impact

Shekels In current news, the Knesset Labor and Social Affairs Committee on Tuesday approved the raising of the minimum wage in Israel to 5,300 shekels. What does this mean practically for the average citizen of Israel? Are we to be excited, overwhelmed, elated or still wondering if it's possible to live on this amount of money? In this post, we'll be taking a look at how far the minimum wage has come in the past few years and weigh this honestly against the actual cost of living. Thereafter, we leave it up to the "thinking" citizen of Israel to consider the emotions one might have after hearing this news. (more…)

By Eliyahu Shear, ago
Life in Israel

The Story of Eliezer ben Yehudah and the Hebrew Language in Israel

Hebrew Dictionary This is the story of Eliezer ben Yehuda as told by his grandson - Eliezer ben Yehuda. It was Eliezer ben Yehuda who brought the Hebrew language to be a spoken language in the Land of Israel as all those who live here speak it to this day. It is noteworthy that one of the most central streets in the city of Jerusalem is called after him - Ben Yehuda. Next time you take a walk in that street, remember this story: (more…)

By Eliyahu Shear, ago
Health

What To Do If You See An Accident In Israel

Image of a Fallen Bicycle in a Side Mirror - Witnessing an Accident in Israel The question recently arose as to what one is expected to do if you witness an accident or arrive at scene of an accident in Israel shortly after the event took place. There are various different types of accidents and hence a number of options of what you could and should do. The exact nature of assistance you offer depends both on the situation and your knowledge or experience in first aid. In this post, we will share more about what you need to understand and what you need to do. (more…)

By Eliyahu Shear, ago
Tax

Documents Needed for Arnonah Discount

In our previous post, we spoke about the Shumah (tax assessment form). We spoke about what it is, where to obtain it from, and how to obtain it. The Shumah is absolutely necessary if you are applying for a discount for your Arnonah tax. It is the only way the Iriyah will know that you have earned an amount that allows for a discount. In this post, we take a look at some of the other important documents you'll need when you go through to obtain your discount for Arnonah. Remember, the Arnonah is the yearly tax that must be paid by every person who is living in an apartment in Israel. It is paid at the very least every two months or a full year in advance. If you cannot afford it, you may be entitled to a discount. You'll need to bring a number of things with you when you apply for your discount: (more…)

By Eliyahu Shear, ago
Life in Israel

Tax Assessments – The Shumah and How and Where to Obtain One

At the end of every year, one is required to get one's money matters in order. It will not be long before the year's earnings must be declared to the tax authorities. Before the final documents are calculated and issued, one will be issued with a tax assessment. There are reasons why this document is so important. It is imperative to obtain this document as soon as you can into the new year, because it may end up assisting you early in the year. In this post, we'll tell you how this document can help you, how one obtains it, and where one can obtain it from. We'll also discuss more about Arnona and how this document can assist you in obtaining a discount! (more…)

By Eliyahu Shear, ago
Torah

Studying in a Kollel and Payments / Support Options – The Reality

Torah Many young and older men come to Israel in order to study Torah in a Kollel. For those wanting to understand more about the options available for those wanting to spend of their time studying Torah on a full time basis, we offer you a look at the truth in terms of the costs in studying as well as the actual amounts that Kollel Avreichim (those studying at the Kollel) actually receive. It's really a vital post, because many people are under the illusion that those studying in a Kollel are supported by the government. This is in fact not true. We need to understand and clarify what people are hearing, and what the actual situation is. Let us remember that those who study Torah in the Land of Israel are to be specially praised for their true self sacrifice. It is something one does because one feels the need to learn more so that one can observe more - and perhaps go on to teach more as well. (more…)

By Eliyahu Shear, ago