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 Tauber, 19, was a Monsey resident who went to Israel four weeks ago to study the Talmud at a yeshiva there, Weissmandel said. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 One of the victims was Donny Morris, a 19-year-old from New Jersey studying in an Israeli yeshiva this year. Ben Sales,, 4 May 2021 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, 20 Apr. 2021 At a visit to a Brooklyn yeshiva earlier this month, Adams praised the school. Shira Hanau,, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 4 Oct. 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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6 Jun 2021

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“Yeshiva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of yeshiva

: a Jewish school for religious instruction

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