Yeshivath Sharashim (Heb. יְשִׁיבַת שָׁרָשִׁים) means “Academy of Roots”:
Yeshivah (Heb. יְשִׁיבָה) means “academy” or “seminary”; its construct form (i.e., “academy of ”) is yeshivath (Heb. יְשִׁיבַת).
Shoresh (Heb. שֹׁרֶש) means “root”; its plural is sharashim1 (Heb. שָׁרָשִׁים).
- In Ashkenazi pronunciation, which is common among Jews of Central or Eastern European extraction, a closer transliteration would be shoroshim. The common contemporary but internally inconsistent pronunciation shorashim is difficult to defend linguistically. See, for example, “על סימון הקמצים, השוואים וההטעמה בסידור קורן,” especially p. 2, n. 10.
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