ye·​shi·​va | \ yə-ˈshē-və How to pronounce yeshiva (audio) \
variants: or less commonly yeshivah
plural yeshivas or yeshivot\ yə-​ˌshē-​ˈvōt How to pronounce yeshivot (audio) , -​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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Currently, the city hasn’t gained access to six yeshivas. Katie Honan, WSJ, "State Issues New Curriculum Guidelines in Wake of Yeshiva Probe," 20 Nov. 2018 The schools under the city’s scrutiny are a small percentage of the 275 yeshivas citywide. Katie Honan, WSJ, "State Issues New Curriculum Guidelines in Wake of Yeshiva Probe," 20 Nov. 2018 There are more than 440 yeshivas in New York state, educating 165,000 students. Elya Brudny And Yisroel Reisman, WSJ, "New York State Targets Jewish Schools," 13 Dec. 2018 Parents who choose a yeshiva want their children’s education to emphasize Jewish texts, history and culture. Elya Brudny And Yisroel Reisman, WSJ, "New York State Targets Jewish Schools," 13 Dec. 2018 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

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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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