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 yeshiva (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

Examples of yeshiva in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In his teens, Martin entered a yeshiva in Baltimore but left after a spiritual-emotional crisis. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 An Israeli yeshiva student lectured him on the Seven Laws of Noah. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 In 2005, Rabbi Krauss accomplished a lifelong dream of settling in Israel, choosing to teach at a yeshiva in Jerusalem. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 Chaim’s father was appointed head of a yeshiva for older teenage boys while Chaim studied at the Lomza Yeshiva, in the nearby town of Petach Tikva. Joseph Berger, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 The Orthodox presence grew further with the arrival of Rabbi Yehoshua Fromowitz in the summer of 2008 to form a kollel (yeshiva for married men). Howard Riell,, 14 Apr. 2021 The Volozhin yeshiva set the standard for subsequent Jewish academies in Eastern Europe. Zev Eleff, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 Buchdahl traveled to Jerusalem two years ago to study at a yeshiva there, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 The elder Kahn had studied at a yeshiva in the White Russian town of Lubavitch, which was the seat of the Hasidic dynasty until it was abandoned with the onset of World War I. New York Times, 26 July 2021 See More

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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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“Yeshiva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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