ye·shi·va or ye·shi·vah (yə-shēvə)
1. An institute of learning where students study sacred texts, primarily the Talmud.
2. An elementary or secondary school with a curriculum that includes religion and culture as well as general education.
[Hebrew yəšîbâ, from yāšab, to sit; see wṯb in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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