yeshiva

Alternative Spellings

yeshivah

Definitions

  • traditionally, an institution that focuses on teaching Talmud to boys and young men. Today yeshivas exist for men and women.

Example Sentences

  • "My brother is in yeshiva in Baltimore."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

ישיבה

Who Uses This

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
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 Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

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.

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