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

Examples of yeshiva in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The country's Supreme Court ruled last week that the government must end subsidies for yeshiva students who fail to serve in Israel's armed forces. NBC News, 2 Apr. 2024 He and other young men in black coats and broad brim black hats were gathered for evening prayer outside the prestigious Chazon Ish religious seminary, or yeshiva. Jennifer Ludden, NPR, 26 Mar. 2024 At one yeshiva in Israel’s Negev Desert, 95% of the students are drafted into combat units. NBC News, 5 Jan. 2024 Instead, the settlers moved their prefab yeshiva to a small spot of what is considered state or public land and are defying the court’s order, with the fervent support of the Shomron Regional Council. Steven Erlanger Sergey Ponomarev, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2024 That so many students join Israel’s military is a point of pride for this yeshiva, where roughly 95% of the student body is ultimately drafted into combat units, the school said. Josh Lederman, NBC News, 7 Jan. 2024 He was appointed the spiritual supervisor at the Lakewood yeshiva in 1997 and remained in that position until his death. Joseph Berger, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Alumni and current students walked out from the safety of the yeshiva's walls to confront enemies. Eben Brown, Fox News, 28 Dec. 2023 After studying at the Ramaz school, a yeshiva in New York, Mr. Amitay received a bachelor’s degree in government from Columbia University in 1958. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Late Hebrew yĕshībhāh

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of yeshiva was in 1760

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“Yeshiva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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variants also yeshivah
plural yeshivas or yeshivot -ˌshē-ˈvōt(h) How to pronounce yeshiva (audio)
: a Jewish school especially for religious instruction

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