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What is a good translation of the word "bimah" (as in both the "stage" generally and the "table" specifically in a synagogue whence the Torah is read) to use with a non-Jew? Altar and stage both seem wrong and "platform" is too general. It is likely that two words are needed.

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Perhaps "Dais"? –  Double AA Nov 15 '12 at 0:05
    
@DoubleAA maybe. It's certainly closer. Want to submit as an answer? –  Charles Koppelman Nov 15 '12 at 0:07
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Which sense of bima are you referring to in the question? Gotta know that to know how to translate it. –  msh210 Nov 15 '12 at 3:58
    
@msh210 see edit –  Charles Koppelman Nov 15 '12 at 15:23
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@msh210 I'm interested in a translation of both parts, actually. Two translations makes sense. –  Charles Koppelman Nov 15 '12 at 17:42

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Platform would be the literal translation, "Podium" or "Lectern" should do.

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I think of a "podium" or "lectern" as a reading desk, but a "platform" would be the whole raised area (potentially much larger). –  Monica Cellio Nov 15 '12 at 1:40
    
Lectern/podium implies something resembling what is often referred to as a Shtender. –  Seth J Nov 15 '12 at 4:11
    
Please see the updated question. –  msh210 Nov 15 '12 at 21:51

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