Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship

February 28, 2008

Only slightly off topic, but I found this interesting.

And here is the trackback link (can someone explain what this is and why?)

My first official steps

February 25, 2008

After consulting with my friend Rodan Gordon and others, and spending frustrating hours on relevant websites, I made plans to open up my file in Maam and Mas Hachnasa and Bituach Leumi.

I was all set to go the the Maam ofices at Kanfei Nesharim street 66 and then to the Mas Hachnasa office at Center 1, in spite of there being a Mas Hachnasa office in Kanfei Nesharim 66, because I was led to believe that as a Maale Adumim resident, the Kanfei Nesharim Tax clerks would not give me the time of day, and I would only get service at Center 1. However, I was happily informed that in spite of the [hand written] sign in the first Mas Hachnassa office I was directed to asserting that Maale Adumim residents are persona non grata, that is only for gvia or tium mas or some other officialness that I will have to deal with in the future. Today, assured me the guard at Kanfei (who doubles as Modiin – information), I could OPEN a tik atzmaim in Mas Hachnassa here, floor three or minus one.

Then I sat down to write this entry (free electrical outlet in the entry hall at Kanfei; false Wifi though) and had a delicious Pinati choumous and ful in a pita (12 NIS to go, in spite of the sign that says 13 NIS. No, my mistake, the humus is 12, its the shakshuka that’s 13. The humus was great, but next time Shakshuka:-)

If I can do it, so can you…

February 13, 2008

If you can provide a service to others that they are willing to pay for, or own an asset that generates income, you should consider opening your own “tik” (file) in Israel.

This is one way that you can provide these services, get paid for them, and fork over taxes and fees to Governmental and quasi-governmental bureaucracies as legally required, and find grace and perceived wisdom in the eyes of God and man. Definitely Win-Win-Win.

On the other hand, conventional wisdom dictates that opening up a tik in Israel is tantamount to standing outside a police station with a neon sign flashing over your head saying “I’m a Thief! Arrest, Interrogate, and Fine Me!”

An incorrigible optimist, I believe in the idea behind Israel’s Basic Law: Freedom of Occupation (1994) (, namely, it is proper and in the State’s interest to enable and even empower individuals to make an honest living.

Personally, after years of providing these services through Yeul Sachir, I have decided that I want to open a tik and become an osek patur, AKA osek za’ir – small business.This blog is a diary of my experiences, discussions, and interfacing with officialdom, with as many resources that I can find or create, to make your experience doing the same as easy as possible.