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n. Judaism
See bema.

[Medieval Hebrew 'almēmār, from Arabic al-minbar, the pulpit : al-, the + minbar, pulpit; see minbar.]
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(Judaism) Judaism (in Ashkenazic usage) the raised platform in a synagogue on which the reading desk stands. Also called: bema, bimah or bima
[from Hebrew, from Arabic al-minbar the pulpit, platform]
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"GFH Properties projects have been conceived and developed with a commitment to setting standards for Bahrain's infrastructure and property market," remarked its Acting CEO Laith Almemar.
Yet another stacks books on the almemar, shoves them, balled up crumpled wet, into pew pockets, lays them out on seats swept toward the rear, nosebleed territory from which the Shammes groans in with an enormous what hath God wrought iron key, looped on a rope around his waist, hanging low under his gut, swinging with his stride--which is as long and wide as the last night he'll spend here, free, unconcerned.
Despite the grandeur of the synagogue, opened 127 years ago, the Jews have always been prepared to work together for the good of their community; whether they be rich like department shop owner David Lewis, who donated money for the almemar (rabbi's platform), or of more modest means like Rafe.