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bimah

[bee-muh, bim-uh, bee-mah] /ˈbi mə, ˈbɪm ə, biˈmɑ/
noun
1.
a platform in a synagogue holding the reading table used when chanting or reading portions of the Torah and the Prophets.
Also, bema, bima.
Also called almemar.
Origin of bimah
(< Yiddish bime) < Hebrew bīmāh < Greek bêma bema
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  • And he brought the actual bimah, damaged as it was, from the synagogue.
British Dictionary definitions for bimah

bema

/ˈbiːmə/
noun
1.
the speaker's platform in the assembly in ancient Athens
2.
(Eastern Orthodox Church) a raised area surrounding the altar in a church; the sanctuary
3.
(Judaism) another word for almemar
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin, from Greek bēma, from bainein to go

bimah

/ˈbiːmə/
noun
1.
variant spellings of bema
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