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I wear a medical i.d. bracelet that lists my blood type, allergies, and so forth. It's in English and even though lots of people in Israel speak English, I should get one in Hebrew. Are they readily available?

Also, my current i.d. says, "in case of death or incapacity, please contact an Orthodox rabbi." I'm not Orthodox and I'm not comfortable with that statement on my wrist. This is not a pretty question, but... Do you know if hospitals in Israel, as a matter of course, will use all reasonable (but not extraordinary) means to preserve a life and will arrange immediate burial in case of death?

On to an easier topic:

I need a new computer and I am debating whether to purchase another PC or get a Mac. (I want a Mac, I want a Mac, I want a Mac.) My research indicates that it would be easier to find a PC repair shop in Jerusalem than it would be to find a Mac repair shop. If you had to guess, would you say that's true?

Thanks in advance!


Israel is an Orthodox country... The hospitals here more or less follow the Orthodox protocol. They will keep you alive as long as brain death has not been diagnosed. Some Orthodox claim that brain death is not enough and that a person is only dead when the heart stops beating, but the Rabbinate and most Rabbis associated with Zionist Orthodoxy have accepted the definition of brain death as death, and this whole issue is now settled in law. If that satisfies you, good. If not, you probably need to inform the doctors somehow.

As for a quick burial, the custom for Israeli citizens is to release bodies for burial within the day, as required by Halacha, unless the cause of death needs to be ascertained (foul play is suspected etc.). For Jews who have families overseas, the custom is, of course, to release the body to the care of the family as soon as possible, though it may mean keeping the body unburied until the family is located and decides what to do about it.

I haven't encountered people carrying allergy bracelets so I can't say much about their availability. English should be sufficient, I think - nobody finishes medical school without being able to read case studies and pharmaceutical information in English. Health care information systems rely on diagnoses, laboratory tests and prescriptions written in English.

Regarding macintoshes - basically, service under Apple warranty or Apple Care (which is recommended if you buy your machine in the USA - there is no extended warranty in Israel for machines bought abroad) is done by iDigital, the local Apple representatives. Their lab is in Petach-Tikva. There is a repair shop in Jerusalem but I don't know if they make repairs under warranty. But if worse comes to worst, traveling from Jerusalem to Petach-Tikva is not really that difficult, and iDigital might agree to accept the computer at one of their shops in Tel-Aviv (or you could use another authorized warranty repair service in Tel-Aviv). That would save some time going first from Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv and then from Tel-Aviv to Petach Tikva.
Whoo hoo! I can get a Mac then!

Thank you for all the medical information, too. You can't imagine how great it is to have an Israeli sharing her knowledge of the country with me. I appreciate your patience and generosity.