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Bema

An ancient Greek unit of length approximately equivalent to 1.54 meters. It was also called a diploun bema.
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Stretching along the platform behind the bimah is a full-height wall formed of vertical white-painted wood slats backed with white fabric.
From the architectural point of view, during the time of the ghetto, the synagogues were much simpler externally, but not in terms of the aron or bimah.
The Orthodox Jewish tradition does not allow women on the bimah, the synagogue equivalent of the Christian church altar.
Finally, Tiffany glass that had decorated the Forty-third Street sanctuary was re-employed in the bimah of the Beth-El side chapel.
Gluck, observed the way some congregations indiscriminately invite youngsters of all ages to come dashing up onto the bimah just before a service's conclusion, including the final one of Yom Kippur (Ne'ilah), and encourage them to mill around aimlessly as if at a playground.
He also noted the raised bimah at the opposite end of the room from the Ark, is also in Rococo motif.
The orange is a modern response to a comment a conservative rabbi once made about women becoming rabbis: "A woman belongs on the bimah (the area from which the service is conducted) like an orange belongs on a Seder plate.
The men ceremoniously remove a Torah scroll from the ark and carry it around the sanctuary for worshipers to touch with their prayer shawls before it is placed on the bimah and read.
Once, just as I was climbing the steps to the tebah (altar) to lead some prayers, a boy entered the synagogue and I was literally pulled off the bimah to make room for him.
One winning congregation ramped the sanctuary to allow access to the bimah and the Ark.
The Bimah, a wooden structure where religious scrolls known as Torah are read out during services, will also be relocated to Israel.