Saturday, February 21, 2009
I know that I will be sacrificing a lot by going to school in and living in Israel instead of in America. There are more years to study (though the work is less rigorous), there might be a job to have, I might make much less money than a lawyer in America, and I am not sure who is going to pay for all of this.
The question is what is on the other side of the balance. I've been thinking about what I want in life in terms of my environment, because I don't know what law school will be like and I don't know what it's really like to be a lawyer beyond the little interning that I've done (good thing that I did!). I know that Hebrew makes me happy. I know that bits of Israeli culture make me happy; I especially like that they help teach me Hebrew, so that it's more intellectually stimulating and therefore rewarding. At times, however, this does not feel like a solid enough reason to go. Are these the things that will fill out my life? At the end of the day, will I feel like I'm working to live, and not living to work?
I don't know what will make me happy, and I'm not sure how to move on from here. I want to mark this point of hesitation as I try to figure out what I want in life in a shorter time than I should be. I know I will be figuring this out as I live in Israel, but I still feel like I should be making steps in a direction I am more confident about.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Nothing seems to work. I don't know what to do. It's their ultimate argument against me traveling there, even. Their answer is a categorical no, and I am stuck at home.
Perhaps it's not so much important that America's standard of living is not going to do well, but that countries around the world are evening out with it. This is a good sign. It's no argument to convince a co-immigrant mother who seems to have unshakable faith in the American dream (money!), but it's something to keep in mind, at the very least.
"Worst Is Yet to Come:" Americans' Standard of Living Permanently ChangedPosted Feb 17, 2009 12:53pm EST by Aaron Task in Investing, Recession
There's no question the American consumer is hurting in the face of a burst housing bubble, financial market meltdown and rising unemployment.
But "the worst is yet to come," according to Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, who believes American's standard of living is undergoing a "permanent change" - and not for the better as a result of:
- An $8 trillion negative wealth effect from declining home values.
- A $10 trillion negative wealth effect from weakened capital markets.
- A $14 trillion consumer debt load amid "exploding unemployment", leading to "exploding bankruptcies."
"The average American used to be able to borrow to buy a home, send their kids to a good school [and] buy a car," Davidowitz says. "A lot of that is gone."
Going forward, the veteran retail industry consultant foresees higher savings rate and people trading down in both the goods and services they buy - as well as their aspirations.
The end of rampant consumerism is ultimately a good thing, he says, but the unraveling of an economy built on debt-fueled spending will be painful for years to come.
Source: Yahoo News.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
It makes me wonder whether I will be able to handle hearing Hebrew 24/7. It's not as though I don't know I will hear other languages in Israel, but the language I will need to use will be Hebrew. I would feel weird taking a job that has me speak more in English than in Hebrew. Hebrew (and Arabic) are the official languages. It's more than just a label. It is the essence of the country, at least to me, anyway.
I don't know whether it is a bad or a good thing that I am dissatisfied with my Hebrew. I don't know where I'm supposed to be, level-wise. How much will my Hebrew improve in a year? How much will it improve if I live in Israel? Of course, it will improve more, and faster--but not exponentially--but how will I feel in the end? Will Hebrew become something so natural and second-nature, or such a chore in the beginning, that it will seem like an odd reason to make aliyah in the first place? I just don't know.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
These are the ones I will need to consider:
- Bar-Ilan U.
- Tel-Aviv U.
- U. of Haifa
- U. of J'lem
Other ones (that I'd never heard of, probably because they are schools of law at other colleges. Thank you, Wikipedia) include:
- Academic Center of Law & Business, Ramat Gan
- College of Management, Rishon Lezion
- Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya
- Netanya Academic College, Netanya
- Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono
- Sha'arei Mishpat, Hod HaSharon
|Law school||Num. licensed|
|College of Management||275|
|Academic Center of Law & Business in Ramat Gan||213|
|Tel-Aviv University (TAU)||188|
|Netanya Academic College Law School||184|
|Hebrew University (HUJI)||162|
|Ono Academic College Faculty of Law||154|
|Haifa University (HAI)||128|
|Bar Ilan University (BIU)||117|
|Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya||109|
Sunday, November 23, 2008
..From The New York Times:
Much overseas expansion has occurred in the past five years, and even more recently than that for the Middle East and Asia, according to statistics compiled by the National Law Journal, a trade publication.
Link to Article