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mizrah

or mizrach

[Sephardic Hebrew meez-rahkh; Ashkenazic Hebrew miz-rahkh] /Sephardic Hebrew mizˈrɑx; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɪz rɑx/
noun, Hebrew.
1.
a decorative figure, usually bearing an inscription, that is hung on the eastern wall in Jewish homes or synagogues to indicate the direction to face in prayer.
2.
the eastern wall in a synagogue, which contains the Holy Ark.
Origin of mizrah
mizrāḥ literally, east
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