noun \yə-ˈshē-və\

: a Jewish school for religious instruction

plural yeshivas or ye·shi·vot \-ˌshē-ˈvōt, -ˈvōth\

Full Definition of YESHIVA

:  a school for talmudic study
:  an Orthodox Jewish rabbinical seminary
:  a Jewish day school providing secular and religious instruction

Variants of YESHIVA

ye·shi·va also ye·shi·vah \yə-ˈshē-və\

Origin of YESHIVA

Late Hebrew yĕshībhāh
First Known Use: 1760

Rhymes with YESHIVA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Academy of higher Talmudic learning. Through its biblical and legal exegesis and application of scripture, the yeshiva has defined and regulated Judaism for centuries. Traditionally, it is the setting for the training and ordination of rabbis. Following the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, a series of yeshivas were set up around the Levant to codify and explain centuries of Jewish scholarship. In medieval times, yeshivas flourished in Europe wherever there were large populations of Jews. The first yeshiva in the U.S., 'Etz Hayyim (1886), later became Yeshiva University (1945).


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