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  • n. An Israeli cooperative settlement consisting of small separate farms.

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  • n. An Israeli town or settlement: in particular, a type of cooperative agricultural community of individual farms pioneered by the Labour Zionists during the second aliyah.

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  • n. a cooperative Israeli village or settlement comprised of small farms


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Modern Hebrew môšāb, from Hebrew, dwelling, from yāšab, to sit, dwell; see wṯb in Semitic roots.

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Hebrew מוֹשָׁב‎ (mosháv, "village", literally "settlement").


  • A moshav is a cooperative settlement, though not all-out cooperative like a kibbutz.

    Moshavalicious - Danya Ruttenberg

  • Was this not the very identity of the State of Israel in the first place—the land of the kibbutz and the moshav, of hard-won irrigation for communities in the desert?

    The Chosen Peoples

  • Over the next few days Rachel and I visited a “moshav” a collective where each family had its own cottage and a couple of kibbutzim.

    Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

  • Kivel also worked with the sabra children in the moshav school of Tel Mond as a eurhythmics and folk dance teacher.

    Israeli Folk Dance Pioneers in North America.

  • Their acclimation in these rural settlements proved difficult due to both their lack of agricultural experience and their traditional social structure which went counter to the principles of the moshav.

    Yemenite Women in Israel: 1948 to the Present Day.

  • I lived on the so-called West bank in a moshav near Jericho.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • She immigrated to Erez Israel together with her family on May 19, 1935, and settled in the moshav, Bet Hanan.

    Lehi (Lohamei Herut Yisrael).

  • Shemuel, who built the farm and invested much effort in its development, preferred public activity, which caused him to be absent from home and from the moshav and frequently interrupted his involvement in daily life.

    Devorah Dayan.

  • In 1969 a group of Young Judaeans — Garin Hamagshimim — arrived in Israel under the auspices of Hadassah and established Neve Ilan, a cooperative settlement (moshav shitufi) near Jerusalem.

    Hadassah: Yishuv to the Present Day.

  • During the waiting period before the establishment of the moshav, Shemuel embarked on public activity that would last many years, while Dayan had to cope, as she did many times, with loneliness and hardship.

    Devorah Dayan.


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  • They moved into a small, bare concrete home with an outhouse and no hot water. It was in Mesilat Zion, a moshav—a cooperative agricultural community.
    David Kushner, Alligator Candy: A Memoir (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016), ch. 2.

    May 15, 2016