moshav (MOH-shahv) listen
moshav (moh-SHAHV) listen


Example Sentences

  • "They have a farm with horses and chickens on a moshav near Natanya." (Glinert)

  • "On the second day of [our] trip, we went to a moshav located on the northern border of the Gaza Strip." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew


  • TH מושב (pl. מושבים moshavim) 'sitting, dwelling, residence' > MH מושב 'cooperative smallholders' settlement'

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


      • North America


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


  • A moshav is different from a kibbutz in that each member owns their own homes and income, rather than being under communal ownership.

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