n. A cooperative agricultural settlement in the State of Israel.
"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'
- 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).
Who Uses This
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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