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

Examples of yeshiva in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For many years, with financing by the Avi Chai Foundation, Mr. Schick took a painstaking census of the nation’s Jewish day schools and yeshivas. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Marvin Schick, Advocate for the Orthodox Community, Dies at 85," 1 May 2020 Synagogues and yeshivas are locked, the streets nearly empty. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Ultra-Orthodox Enclave in Israel Opens to Outsiders to Fight a Virus," 15 Apr. 2020 In Borough Park midafternoon Wednesday, Fire Department and sheriff officials were inside the Beth Hamedrash Shaarei Yosher Institute yeshiva. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "As Coronavirus Cases Rise, Members of Some Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Communities Continue to Congregate," 18 Mar. 2020 On Wednesday, Rabbi Havura was a key participant at a meeting Mr. Haddad arranged for Mr. Netanyahu at a yeshiva in Tel Aviv. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "An Israeli Political Aide Confided to His Rabbi. He Was Being Recorded.," 3 Mar. 2020 The gym, which is used by the elementary school Corpus Christi Academy in Lyndhurst, will also be shared with the yeshiva. cleveland, "Catholic Diocese to sell former Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy building in South Euclid to Cleveland Heights yeshiva," 17 Dec. 2019 There were tears outside the synagogue, which has a yeshiva for children on the second floor. Heather Yakin, USA TODAY, "Thousands gather to mourn 2 victims of Jersey City shooting," 12 Dec. 2019 Carpenito also said there is no evidence suggesting Anderson and Graham attacked the yeshiva that is two doors down from the market. Anthony Zurita, USA TODAY, "Shooters in deadly Jersey City attack had 'greater acts of mayhem' planned, authorities say," 13 Jan. 2020 The yeshiva also operates a girls school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and a girls high school. cleveland, "Catholic Diocese to sell former Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy building in South Euclid to Cleveland Heights yeshiva," 17 Dec. 2019

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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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26 May 2020

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“Yeshiva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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: a Jewish school for religious instruction

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