Ahuzam

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Ahuzam
אֲחֻזָּם, אחוזם
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • unofficial Ahuzzam
Ahuzam is located in Israel
Ahuzam
Ahuzam
Coordinates: 31°33′14.39″N 34°46′11.27″E / 31.5539972°N 34.7697972°E / 31.5539972; 34.7697972Coordinates: 31°33′14.39″N 34°46′11.27″E / 31.5539972°N 34.7697972°E / 31.5539972; 34.7697972
Council Lakhish
Region Hevel Lakhish
Founded October 30, 1950
Founded by Ma'agalim organization
Population (2012) 500[1]
Name meaning Named after Biblical character

Ahuzam, or Ahuzzam (Hebrew: אֲחֻזָּם) is a moshav in the Lakhish Regional Council in the Southern District of Israel. It is located about 5 km south of Kiryat Gat. There are 137 families living in Ahuzam.[2]

Ahuzam was founded on October 30, 1950 by immigrants from Morocco, members of the Ma'agalim society. It was associated with the Hapoel HaMizrachi movement,[3]but is now a mixed religious and secular community.[4]

The moshav was originally named Ma'agalim but renamed after the biblical Ahuzam, son of Ashur, the father or founder of Tekoa, who may have lived in this area[5] (1 Book of Chronicles 4:6). [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Locality File" (XLS). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Or movement: Ahuzam
  3. ^ Vilnai, Ze'ev. "Ahuzam". Ariel Encyclopedia. Volume 1. Israel: Sifriyat HaSade. p. 101.  (Hebrew)
  4. ^ Or movement: Ahuzam
  5. ^ Smith's bible dictionary
  6. ^ HaReuveni, Immanuel (1999). Lexicon of the Land of Israel. Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books. p. 29. ISBN 965-448-413-7.  (Hebrew)