Definitions for yeshivayəˈʃi və
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ye•shi•vayəˈʃi və(n.)(pl.)-vas or -vahs.
an Orthodox Jewish school for the religious and secular education of children of elementary school age.
an Orthodox Jewish school of higher instruction in Jewish learning, chiefly for students preparing to enter the rabbinate.
Origin of yeshiva:
1925–30; < Heb (post-Biblical) yəshībhāh
an academy for the advanced study of Jewish texts (primarily the Talmud)
An academy for the advanced study of Jewish texts.
Yeshiva is a Jewish educational institution that focuses on the study of traditional religious texts, primarily the Talmud and Torah study. Study is usually done through daily shiurim and in study pairs called chavrutas. Chavruta-style learning is one of the unique features of the yeshiva. In the United States and Israel, the different levels of yeshiva education have different names. In the United States, elementary-school students are enrolled in a yeshiva, post-bar mitzvah-age students learn in a mesivta, and undergraduate-level students learn in a beis medrash or yeshiva gedola. In Israel, elementary-school students are enrolled in a Talmud Torah or cheder, post-bar mitzvah-age students learn in a yeshiva ketana, and high-school-age students learn in a yeshiva gedola. A kollel is a yeshiva for married men which pays stipends to its students. Students of Lithuanian and Hasidic yeshiva gedolas usually learn in yeshiva until they get married. Historically, yeshivas were attended by males only. Today, all non-Orthodox and many Modern Orthodox yeshivas are open to girls and women.
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