Friday, January 29, 2010

Sign here...twice here...initial here...

Ah, the Israeli bureaucracy has begun.

 We happily started our online application to Nefesh B'Nefesh (a Jewish agency to help immigrants move to Israel) in January. In this day and age, moving to Israel is just a click and send away...right?  Right?!

Ha! Israeli bureaucracy is infamous. I think it can be likened to beating your head against a brick wall, expecting it not to hurt when you hurl your head against it again and then having a brash Israeli tell you that you aren't doing it right anyway.

I have heard the horror stories of waiting in lines for six hours at an Israeli government building only to find out you didn't get the right piece of a paper signed at the other Israeli government building...and you should go back there to wait in line for another 3 hours.

Or that you need one document signed to get the second document signed, but you can only get the first document signed if you already have this third document you didn't even know existed. And this document can only be signed between 9 and 9:15 am every third Wednesday of months beginning in J, not including the month of the summer solstice.  Rinse and repeat.