A•kum is the abbreviation for ov•dey ko•cha•vim u•ma•za•lot, the common reference to idol worshipers.
Ko•cha•vim was one of our recent Hebrew Word of the Day entries and means ‘stars.’ We know from the Bible about the practice of star worshipping.
“But you shall carry Sikuth your king, and Kiyun, your images, your star-god, which you made for yourselves”
“The priest of Jupiter, whose temple was in front of their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have made a sacrifice along with the multitudes”
Even the English word ‘star’ originated from the very same practice: the name of the goddess Ishtar. The danger of idol worshipping is lurking, poised to catch many of us, except for these kind of idols have changed with the ages. Today, these are human ‘stars’ that the electronic media excels in producing. We all have our unique gifts and it is fine to appreciate each other’s special gifts and talents, but worshipping people because of a special talent is exactly what the Bible warns us from doing.
The word ma•zal is another name for a planet. Look for a special Hebrew Word of the day under Mazel tov. It is going to surprise you quite a bit!