almemar

Definitions

  • n. The platform on which the Torah is read in synagogue; the bima.

Example Sentences

  • "When you are finished with your aliyah, please walk to the other side of the almemar."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish
  • Arabic
  • German

Etymology

  • Yiddish אַלמימר (the more common term is באַלעמער balemer), originally from Arabic al-minbar

    • Who Uses This

      • German Jews

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain

      Dictionaries

      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      almemor, almemer

Notes

  • Used by German Jews in their English, although may be of wider use by Ashkenazim, one user says. Steinmetz (Dictionary of Jewish Usage) notes that it is "a chiefly Anglo-Jewish term for the raised platform on which the Torah-reading desk stands in a synagogue. Among Ashkenazim it is called a bimah, and among Sephardim, a tevah" (p. 5). The word exists in Yiddish as balemer, which may derive from bal-memer, i.e., the person who stands at the platform. Almemer is apparently a German Jewish pronunciation.

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