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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Israel has 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, New York Times, "Israeli Soldier Killed in West Bank as Tensions Rise Over Annexation Push," 12 May 2020 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

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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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The first known use of yeshiva was in 1760

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14 Dec 2020

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“Yeshiva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of yeshiva

: a Jewish school for religious instruction

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