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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Adam Gabay plays Avishay Elbaz, an aimless yeshiva student swept up in the fervor to avenge the murder of the three Jewish students. Los Angeles Times, "As Trump fans flames on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, HBO’s gripping ‘Our Boys’ leaps into the fire," 22 Aug. 2019 Yaffed was founded by graduates of the yeshiva system and seeks to improve secular education there. Josefin Dolsten,, "New York Orthodox schools are fighting secular education proposal," 13 Aug. 2019 The small, eight-year-old yeshiva had never before been touched by violence, Brander said, and emphasizes interfaith dialogue. David M. Halbfinger,, "Yeshiva student found stabbed to death in West Bank," 8 Aug. 2019 In 1949, the country’s founder, David Ben-Gurion, granted them for 400 religious yeshiva students, because so many Jewish scholars had died in the Holocaust. Washington Post, "How the battle of bra-baring waitresses and ultra-religious protesters explains Israel’s political crisis," 10 June 2019 The New York City Department of Education is investigating whether city yeshivas are meeting standards for secular education. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 24 July 2018 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

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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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