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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bimah.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bimah

Statistics for bimah

Cite this Entry

“Bimah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on bimah

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bimah Encyclopedia article about bimah

Comments on bimah

What made you want to look up bimah? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!