Ner Tamid

Ner Tamid

[Sephardic Hebrew ner tah-meed; Ashkenazic Hebrew nair taw-mid; English nair tah-mid]
noun Hebrew.
a lamp that is set above and in front of the Holy Ark in a synagogue and is kept burning constantly.

Origin:
nēr tāmīdh eternal light

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ner tamid

(Hebrew: "eternal light"), lamp that burns perpetually in Jewish synagogues before or near the ark of the Law (aron ha-qodesh). It reminds the congregation of the holiness of the Torah scrolls that are stored within the ark and calls to mind God's abiding presence and his providential care of the Jewish people. The ner tamid also represents the light that burned continuously in the western section of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem.

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