yeshiva (yeh-SHEE-vuh) listen
yeshiva (yeh-SHIH-vuh) listen
yeshiva (yeh-shee-VAH) listen


  • n. An institution that teaches Talmud.

Example Sentences

  • "My brother is in yeshiva in Baltimore."

  • "The Yeshiva's hallmark has been its success in creating Bnei Torah who will be Mekadesh Hashem in whatever they do and wherever they might be." (source)

  • "After high school, Jonathan's spending a year in yeshiva in Israel." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • TH ישיבה > Y ישיבֿה yeshive

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      yeshivah, yeshive, yeshiveh


  • Traditional Jewish texts and philosophies are often the chosen topics of study, however, this term can also be used to refer to any Jewish school.

    Traditionally, Yeshivas were only for boys and young men, though today they exist for girls and young women as well.

    plural: 'yeshivot' or 'yeshivas'

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