almemar

Alternative Spellings

almemor, almemer

Definitions

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

Example Sentences

  • "When you are finished with your aliyoh, 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 Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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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