Death Notice: Israeli Bureaucracy

Baruch Gordon,

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Baruch Gordon
Baruch Gordon founded the Arutz Sheva - website in 1995 and served as manager and News Director for its English Media Department for 14 years. Today he serves as Director of Development and Public Relations for the Israel Defense Forces Preparatory Academy in Bet El and Bet El Institutions. He also directs which offers countrywide tours of Israel. Baruch founded in Bet El a Smicha Program for working men, and received his smicha in 2014 from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Baruch served in the IDF Search and Rescue Unit. Born and raised in Memphis, he was elected International President of United Synagogue Youth in high school and soon after became religious while studying at Tufts University. Baruch resides with his wife Anat, a native Israeli, in Bet El and has 7 Sabra children and even more grandchildren. ...

When I got married in 1984, I went through the whole Israeli bureaucratic system to change my status to an Israeli citizen, receive my rights as an oleh (new immigrant), and register to get married.

As a result, my place in the world to come is guaranteed. Whatever the prosecuting angel may say against me, my defending angel will say, "But, Baruch was already punished for all of these issues. He was subjected to the Interior Ministry bureaucracy of the 1980's."

Not so today. Over the summer, I had to renew my Israel passport and get a new Israeli ID card. Listen to this: The Interior Ministry was so super efficient and quick, it was a distinct pleasure.

No More Bureaucracy Baruch Gordon

This afternoon, my Mom had to renew her Israeli ID card because she misplaced her existing one. 

At the ministry, mom was challenged with the task of filling out the relevant form in Hebrew, while waiting her turn. Along comes an Interior Ministry clerk asking if she could assist. She did. When she saw that my parents' number was far away, she intervened, seeing that they are senior citizens, and got them served immediately. Later, my Mom saw her doing the same for a woman with an infant. 

From the time my mom sat across from the clerk with her filled-out form until she had her new ID card in her hand was........... (any guesses?)

10 minutes!

On their way out, my parents tried to tip the clerk who helped them. She outright refused saying it's her job.

Chilling at the Interior Ministry
Baruch Gordon

The Interior Ministry rocks. No more pain. In fact, if I had to choose between chilling at the beach or the Israel Interior Ministry, hmmm, would be a tough choice.

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