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Product Details

  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Mosaica Press; 2nd edition (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937887022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937887025
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very helpful, broad review of many basic topics.
Kufer
Without the motivation to really think about the financial reality of living in Israel, this book will never grace your coffee table, let alone help guide you.
Chaviva GB
The book is very informative and provides good insight for anybody contemplating Aliyah.
Mark

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2012
While the State of Israel is successful in many ways, including scientific discoveries that it shares with the world to improve life, living in Israel is in some ways different than in the US, and people planning to make aliyah, to settle there, need advice how to prepare for settlement, what to expect, and how to handle even somewhat simple matters. This comprehensive book by an MBA, TEP, Licensed Portfolio Manager, who made aliyah himself, who lectures for Nefesh B'Nefesh, the very successful organization that helps aliyah, gives advice on a dozen categories, each containing two to eleven chapters. Labinsky explains the Israeli system and how to navigate it for subjects such as developing a personal financial plan, selling one's American home, updating insurance policies, the Israeli employment market, asset management in Israel, retirement and estate planning, the Israeli banking system, taxes, buying or renting an Israeli home, and how to live on an Israeli salary. One of the sections also discusses close to a dozen frequently asked questions such as where do I go when I get off the plane, what benefits does the Israeli government give to new settlers, and what should I bring to Israel.

The book contains some eye catching and enlightening poignant cartoons, charts, and to-the-point summary endings for every chapter. Ideas in each chapter are separated by bold headings making understand easy. For example, in the chapter on selling the American home, the chapter is introduced by two short paragraphs followed by a section with a highlight heading "Keeping your home: advantages" with a cartoon, followed by a highlighted "Keeping your home: disadvantages," followed by a half page summary "Your home selling `to do' list."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee M on October 19, 2012
The is a cogent step-by-step guide to making the financial transition to living in Israel. Facts on the ground are married with good humor and encouragement. You don't have to be a financial expert to understand what to do to prepare for a new life in Israel. The book offers sample budgets and scenarios that make clear how to plan your financial affairs. You can assess how much money you will need, what you have, and where you can expect to fit in. The guide frankly states what pitfalls to watch for and how to avoid them. We expect our copy to be well-thumbed and even coffee-stained before we land on Aliyah.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chaviva GB on November 28, 2013
When I decided to make aliyah (move to Israel) mid-summer 2012, I was happily, dually employed, able to pay my bills and put a bit away at the same time. Life was good. Financially I wasn't perfect, but I was getting there. When the aliyah approval came through, I didn't think I needed to sit down and figure out how much I needed monthly to survive in Israel. If I was getting by in Denver, I could get by in Jerusalem, right?

I tend to read books in moments of "hindsight is 20/20," and that's how things feel after reading Baruch Labinsky's A Financial Guide to Aliyah and Life in Israel. Oh where was this book before I made aliyah? Although, the truth is, you can take a horse to water, but you can't really teach him to drink. Without the motivation to really think about the financial reality of living in Israel, this book will never grace your coffee table, let alone help guide you.

With cheesy comics that aren't really funny, Labinsky walks the reader through how to use the book (it isn't one of those cover-to-cover reads, unless that's your style), how to understand taxes (which, let's be honest change constantly in Israel, so it's a moving target), how to plan for retirement, how to look at your assets, whether your savings will last, and so on. It's got all of the basics, complete with charts about just how expensive the basics in Israel can be.

Yes, dairy products in this country cost 44 percent more than other OECD countries. On the other hand, veggies here are happily inexpensive.

Although the book would have been a lot more helpful before I came on aliyah and lost both of my cushy jobs (oh why didn't I plan financially?), there are plenty of helpful anecdotes, like how negotiating at the bank is incredibly important.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Stone on September 3, 2012
whether you are thinking of making the big move or have been in Israel for years, this well written guidebook will offer you an amazing amount of information.

great cartoons too.
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By SBS on February 20, 2013
There is an old saying: "If you don't ask, no one will tell you." The problem is, that anyone considering making Aliyah, does not necessarily know what to ask, but they still need the information. A Financial Guide to Aliyah and Life in Israel by Baruch Labinsky not only provides the answers to the questions which one is "afraid to ask" it provides answers to the questions which one "did not even know to ask". This book provides both financial and organizational guidance to those considering Aliyah as well as to those who have already made aliyah in a clear, concise and practical way. Even having lived in Israel for over a decade, this book is chock-full of information which was never clear. If this book had existed a decade ago when our family made Aliyah, it would have made our transition to life in Israel much more successful.
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