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or ye·shi·vah

  1. an Orthodox Jewish school for the religious and secular education of children of elementary school age.
  2. an Orthodox Jewish school of higher instruction in Jewish learning, chiefly for students preparing to enter the rabbinate.
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Origin of yeshiva

1925–30; < Hebrew (post-Biblical) yəshībhāh literally, a sitting
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noun plural -vahs or -voth (Hebrew -vɔt)
  1. a traditional Jewish school devoted chiefly to the study of rabbinic literature and the Talmud
  2. a school run by Orthodox Jews for children of primary school age, providing both religious and secular instruction
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Word Origin for yeshiva

from Hebrew yěshībhāh a sitting, seat, hence, an academy
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Word Origin and History for yeshiva


"Orthodox Jewish college or seminary," 1851, from Hebrew yesibah "academy," literally "a sitting," from yashav "to sit."

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