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 A few months later, Elon met his future co-creator, Yehonatan Indursky, who had been raised Haredi and studied in a yeshiva. New York Times, "How the Artists Behind ‘Shtisel’ Brought Akiva’s Journey to Life," 20 Apr. 2021 At a visit to a Brooklyn yeshiva earlier this month, Adams praised the school. Shira Hanau,, "Oversight of Orthodox yeshivas becomes major issue in NYC mayoral race," 25 Mar. 2021 At a large yeshiva, or seminary, students gathered freely in clear violation of a government shutdown of the education system. New York Times, "‘How Many Funerals Will Come Out of This One?’," 17 Feb. 2021 Along with Yeshivat Maharat, a Modern Orthodox yeshiva in New York City that ordains women, Sefaria is launching a fellowship to encourage Jewish women to put their ideas onto the page. Shira Hanau,, "Women trying to leave their own mark on Jewish texts long dominated by men," 9 Dec. 2020 Sigall had found that most judges had almost no understanding of what went on in a yeshiva. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "When One Parent Leaves a Hasidic Community, What Happens to the Kids?," 30 Nov. 2020 As early as May, when the city was still under a lockdown, a large yeshiva in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, was shuttered for violating the ban on in-person schooling. New York Times, "Fearing 2nd Wave, N.Y.C. Will Adopt Restrictions in Hard-Hit Areas," 4 Oct. 2020 The northern Israeli town of Karmiel reported last week that almost half the 400 students at a local yeshiva had tested positive. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Ultra-Orthodox Jews clash with secular Israeli officials over coronavirus measures," 5 Sep. 2020 Israel had not lost a soldier in the West Bank since August, when a 19-year-old student who had technically enlisted but was still studying in a yeshiva was stabbed to death near his school. David M. Halbfinger,, "Israeli soldier killed in West Bank as tensions rise over annexation push," 12 May 2020

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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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1 May 2021

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“Yeshiva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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: a Jewish school for religious instruction

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