Hararit

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Hararit
מֶרְחַבְיָה
Hararit is located in Israel
Hararit
Hararit
Coordinates: 32°50′46″N 35°22′05″E / 32.84611°N 35.36806°E / 32.84611; 35.36806Coordinates: 32°50′46″N 35°22′05″E / 32.84611°N 35.36806°E / 32.84611; 35.36806
Council Misgav Regional Council
Region Lower Galilee
Founded 1982
Founded by Labor party member Nissim Zvili
Name meaning mountainous
Entrance to Hararit

Hararit (Hebrew: הֲרָרִית) (lit. "mountainous")[1] is a moshav (a cooperative agricultural community similar to a kibbutz) in Galilee, Israel.

History[edit]

Hararit, located on the crest of Mount Netofa in the Lower Galilee, was established in 1982 as part of a government-sponsored project initiated by Labour party member Nissim Zvili.[2]It was part of a plan to bring more Jewish residents to the Galilee area.[2] It was settled by 60 families dedicated to the principles of Transcendental Meditation (TM)[3][4] but by the year 2000 the TM group was reported to be only half of its original population.[5] In 2008, there were 95 families living in Hararit.[6]

Archaeologists have discovered three large ancient water cisterns and the remains of agricultural terraces in the vicinity of Hararit. [7]

Economy[edit]

The economy is largely based on tourism, with some of the residents operating bed and breakfast establishments. More Netofa, a company that produces gourmet olive oil, honey and spice mixtures, is based in Hararit.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hararit and Lavra Netofa
  2. ^ a b Gablinger, Tamar (2010). The Religious Melting Point: On Tolerance, Controversial Religions and The State. Germany: Tectum Verlag Marburg. pp. 81, 297, 301,. 
  3. ^ Eyal, Nadav, (3 Aug 2006) A new initiative in the Galilee: To beat Nasrallah by means of Transcendental Meditation, Jewish Agency for Israel
  4. ^ Hararit at the site of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee (Hebrew)
  5. ^ a b Zisling, Yael (Oct-Nov 2000) More Netofa: The Land of Olive Oil and Honey Gems in Israel, retrieved Sept 24, 2012
  6. ^ Corder, Mike (February 7, 2008). "Founder of TM movement, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, dies in The Netherlands. Israeli followers mourn passing of 'great teacher'". The Jerusalem Post. p. 06. 
  7. ^ Liebner Uzi, Settlement and History in Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Galilee retrieved Sept 26, 2012