After an hour or so of 140 km/h on the freeway, I had arrived at my lodgings in Israel, in Ahuzat Barak[a]. This is a small Israeli community settlement[b], which despite the name similarity, isn't related to the Israeli settler movement[c], but rather a "cooperative housing community" where the residents own the settlement. The name simply means Barak Estate, with Barak[d] being a character from Judges 4:6[e] who defeated the forces of king Jabin of Hazor in the Jezreel Valley, where Ahuzat Barak is situated. Adjacent to Ahuzat Barak is Kibbutz Dovrat and the nearest town is Afula[f] (pop. 40,000).