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 Half was hidden in a safe under the bimah of a synagogue so that even the Germans could not find it. New York Times, 4 May 2022 On the bimah, Charlotte has shown her maturity — proving it even to herself. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 4 Feb. 2022 Excavations led by a joint Israeli and Lithuanian team uncovered the Torah ark, or Aron Kodesh—the cabinet that holds a synagogue’s sacred scroll—and the bimah, or raised prayer platform. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 The team also found the entire façade of the bimah, as well as the remains of one of four pillars that held up the building’s roof. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 The young man orders the bar-mitzvah boy off the bimah. Peter Orner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 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, 14 Jan. 2020 Rows of tables and plastic chairs face an ornate wooden pulpit, or bimah. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 26 Aug. 2019 The boy had been halfway up the bleachers just to the right of the bimah. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 26 Aug. 2019 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Bimah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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