bi·​mah | \ ˈbē-mə How to pronounce bimah (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bima

Definition of bimah

: a raised platform in a synagogue from which the Torah is read

Examples of bimah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As worshippers exited the sanctuary, Repp would make his way to the bimah – the pulpit – and stand alone near the ark holding the Torahs. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Dallas has lost a vital human story of the Holocaust with the death of South Dallas shopkeeper Jack Repp," 14 Jan. 2020 Rows of tables and plastic chairs face an ornate wooden pulpit, or bimah. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 The boy had been halfway up the bleachers just to the right of the bimah. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 At the end of the evening, she and her pregnant wife, Shelley, 39, a digital marketing specialist, were taken by surprise when they were called to the bimah, the platform where the Torah is read. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Gay and Once Divorced, a Canadian Rabbi Broadens Judaism’s Tent," 12 July 2019 After a minor scuffle, Cardboard Chuck was moved in front of the bimah. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Angry Brooklyn Democrats berate cardboard cutout of Chuck Schumer.," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of bimah

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bimah

Yiddish & Late Hebrew; Yiddish bime, from Late Hebrew bīmāh, from Late Greek bēma raised platform — more at bema

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“Bimah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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