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
Do it Yourself

How to Fix Israel Shutters (Trissim) Part 1 of 2

How to Change Israeli Shutters If you're new to Israel – the word Tris will already be a familiar one. Plural – Trissim, refers to those "wonderful" Israeli shutters that come standard with every apartment. Yours will look quite similar to the one pictured in the photograph above. If you've lived in your apartment for more than six months, you'll also know that those shutters can start wearing out(!) In fact, there are many tenants who will find themselves on the receiving end of an upset landlord at the moment they break (which of course is a perfectly normal thing to happen!) Don't worry! You've done nothing wrong! They're easy to fix, and there's really no need for anyone to contact their landlord about the problem! In all likelihood, however, it will be up to the lessee to pay for the "damage". It's okay! There's no real damage anyway! It's really just like when a light-bulb blows and one has to install a new one. No need to tell the landlord. Just replace it, and you'll have light again! For those not too "good with their hands" – you may feel like the world just fell apart and not know what to do. Actually, the shutters are relatively easy to fix - when you know how! (more…)

By Eliyahu Shear, ago