The Olim Files #5: Doors, Light Switches, Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home

After you have arrived to your new home, you will soon discover a few things that need a brief explanation.  These things will seem odd at first but will then seem second nature. Doors.  Made of metal or wood.  The front … Continue reading The Olim Files #5: Doors, Light Switches, Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home

The Olim Files #4: Small Appliances

One question that comes up over and over is about which items to bring to Israel and which items to leave behind.  Regarding small appliances, my advice: BRING NOTHING Sell these appliances and pocket the money to buy new or nearly new items once you arrive.  The big problem with bringing small appliances from the USA is that they do not convert well from 110 to 220, even with the use of a transformer.  In a short time, the motors will burn out and you will end up replacing them anyway.  Save the cost of shipping and buy your small … Continue reading The Olim Files #4: Small Appliances

The Olim Files #3: No Closets?! Where do I keep my Clothes?

There aren’t closets in Israel. What?! NO CLOSET? We have Aronot (ah ro NOTE) in the which is the plural of Aron (AH ron). This is not to be confused with the boys name Aharon (AH ha ron).  You have probably heard of an Aron Kodesh, which houses our Holy Torah.  An Aron is a closet, a free-standing cabinet that is not built into the wall. Aronot or as I call in my grammatically incorrect Hebrew “arons”, generally have a combination of shelves, drawers, and section to hang clothes. Some are well-designed while others are poorly designed. One of the … Continue reading The Olim Files #3: No Closets?! Where do I keep my Clothes?

The Olim Files #2: Cleaning Products

Time to clean your house, wash dishes, and do laundry.  Say goodbye to your favorite standbys and hello to the following items. Natural Products:  For the folks who like using natural products this is for you: lemon juice=מיץ לימון, vinegar=חומץ, and baking soda/ sodium bicarbonate=סודה לשתייה.  For real lemons, besides the ones at the grocery store, you can often find them growing on trees.  Say goodbye to Arm & Hammer baking soda. You won’t find it here.   Dish soap:  Palmolive, Spark and Fairy to name a few brands.  I still prefer my Palmolive.  My favorite sponges are the metallic ones because they … Continue reading The Olim Files #2: Cleaning Products