how to say “colony” in Hebrew

מוֹשָׁבָה

Some of you may know this word from the Religious-Zionist camps of North America, Camp Moshava.

Without insinuating that Jews and Israelis are trying to take over the world, מושבה does mean colony. In today’s usage, מושבה generally refers to neighborhoods in Israel established by foreign nations such the Greeks and the Germans.

For example:

בירושלים יש כמה שכונות הקרויות מושבות.

In Jerusalem there are several neighborhoods called colonies.

מושבה comes from the root י.ש.ב meaning to dwell or to sit. י.ש.ב is also the root of יישוב settlement and מושב – agricultural community similar to a kibbutz.

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