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n. Judaism
See bema.

[Medieval Hebrew 'almēmār, from Arabic al-minbar, the pulpit : al-, the + minbar, pulpit; see minbar.]


(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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The three important elements in every synagogue (an Aron-Ha-Kodesh for the Torah rolls, an Almemor pulpit, and separate seating for women), are all present but, in keeping with contemporary liberal doctrine, are translated into modern terms.
Directly in front is the lectern for Torah readings, the Almemor.