[bee-muh, bim-uh, bee-mah]
- a platform in a synagogue holding the reading table used when chanting or reading portions of the Torah and the Prophets.
Also bema, bi·ma.
Origin of bimah
(< Yiddish bime) < Hebrew bīmāh < Greek bêma bema
Also called almemar.
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