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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
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
Life in Israel

Take a Breather – De-stress not Distress!

Sukkah It's Sukkot! It's not too difficult to find oneself constantly exposed to the Jewish holidays when one lives in Israel! Wherever one looks, one can see beautiful booths everywhere! It's an amazing experience of course! So often, when one lives overseas, the only times one gets to see the beautiful "huts" is either in one's own home or at a friend's. Here, however, one can see Sukkot just about everywhere - on the streets, on the balconies practically everywhere one looks, in parking bays. ומי כעמך כישראל? "And who is like Your nation Israel?" We are immersed in the beauty of a Chag (festival) going back 3300 years when the Jewish people were taken out of Egypt as they were to be lead into the Land - a journey that would end up taking forty years! As they traveled through the desert they were surrounded by the clouds of glory. To commemorate these mystical clouds that protected us throughout our journey, we surround ourselves with the Sukkot we sit in for a period of seven days! At least - this is according to Rabbi Eliezer. Rabbi Akiva says that the Jewish people actually dwelt in proper booths, and we commemorate our remembrance of those days by sitting in similar such booths (Sukkah 11b). (more…)

By Eliyahu Shear, ago