ye·​shi·​va | \yə-ˈshē-və \
variants: or less commonly yeshivah
plural yeshivas or yeshivot\ yə-​ˌshē-​ˈvōt , -​ˈvōth \

Definition of yeshiva 

1 : a school for talmudic study

2 : an Orthodox Jewish rabbinical seminary

3 : a Jewish day school providing secular and religious instruction

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Roth was not assigned reading at my yeshiva, mind you; no, my introduction to him was an accident. New York Times, "What Philip Roth Taught Me About Being an American Jew," 24 May 2018 Of the more than a dozen Hasidic rabbis and yeshiva officials Fox News reached out to for comment, none responded. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Hasidic leaders sharply limit members' web, smartphone use: 'It's like we're in North Korea’," 12 June 2018 Beyond his experience as a financier, Mr. Huberfeld was also a major donor to Chabad-Lubavitch synagogues and to various yeshivas in Borough Park. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Tracking Graft, From the Bootlegger to the Mayor," 27 Apr. 2018 The budget passed with new language that some yeshiva advocates say eases regulations on how the State Education Department must judge compliance. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Betsy DeVos Sparks Ire For Skipping Public Schools During New York Visit," 15 May 2018 New Jersey’s fastest-growing municipality, Lakewood, is home to the world’s largest Orthodox Jewish yeshiva outside Israel, attracting scholars who maintain a tradition of marrying young and having large families. Elise Young,, "New Jersey Lawmakers to Consider Child-Marriage Ban That Christie Vetoed," 7 June 2018 The yeshiva movement is controversial in New York because thousands of students who attend the schools do not get English instruction and receive only minimal lessons in traditional subjects such as math and science. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos went to New York to visit schools for the first time. Guess which ones.," 16 May 2018 Deep root systems connected the earth between their backyard and the neighboring yeshiva. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Walking Through the Past Into New Motherhood," 10 Apr. 2018 The impasse is partly over one lawmaker’s request to exempt yeshiva schools from strict state Education Department oversight. Mike Vilensky, WSJ, "New York’s Looming Budget Deadline Quashes Some Holiday Plans," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of yeshiva

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yeshiva

Late Hebrew yĕshībhāh

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: a Jewish school for religious instruction

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