The more I think about the details of living in Israel, the more nervous I get. I know I'm worrying excessively and I hope my questions won't be offensive.
After trying to find transformers, so that my electrical appliances would work in Israel, my father suggested I buy a new laptop after
I arrive in Israel rather than before I leave the States. That would obviate the need for transformers and
make room in my suitcases. (Pretty smart guy, my dad.)
Would I have any trouble locating a computer shop in Jerusalem or would I have to go to Tel Aviv? What about computer repairs?
How about an electric toothbrush and a heating pad?
I couldn't find a website for a bookstore or library at Hebrew University Mt. Scopus, but when a friend studied there six years ago, all her classes were in English. If I could purchase a BDB and other Biblical grammar tomes
in Jerusalem, there'd be more space in the two suitcases that must sustain me for three years.
My school's website says that clothing is very expensive in Israel and specifically advises students to bring all their own winter clothes. How much could an extra sweater and a pair of long-johns cost? (Here sweaters can cost 95 to 260 shekels and long-johns
are 95 to 110 shekels.)
Now that I think about it, I have trouble finding clothes hangers in the States
-- what type of store sells them in Israel?
Someone once told me that there are no hechshers in Israel. How does one know which packaged goods are kosher? Are there stores that sell only kosher products? And which is more common: shopping at one supermarket or visiting the baker, butcher, and produce stand?
It seems like a silly question to me, but I better go ahead and ask it: will I have any trouble using my MasterCard in Israel? (Tourists must use foreign credit cards all the time.)
Finally, I come to the most important question of all: Where in Israel are the sushi bars?