Why do Jews use a bimah to read the Torah?
The bimah is just a specially-designated type of table or stand. Technically, any table could be used as a bimah.
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Jews read the Torah because people who were inspired by God wroteit so that is how they know how God wants them to live their lives. . Answer 2 Reading (studying; learning)… the Torah is commanded by God(Deuteronomy ch.11 and other passages). Its regularly-scheduledformal reading in synagogue services is a decree dating back toMoses (Maimonides, Laws of Prayer 12:1). Our tradition is that theTorah was given by God (Exodus 24:12), to provide knowledge,guidance, inspiration, awe and reverence, advice, law, comfort,history and more. It is the basis of Judaism.
The pointer used is called a "Yad" - which is Hebrew for "hand". a yad (a small hand made of silver) to point to where they're reading.
The Torah was given by G-d to the Jews at Mt Sinai. Millions of Jews all heard the voice of G-d. This national revelation is the 'official' start of Judaism. No other religion… began with such a mass audience. Traditional Jewish belief is that 'everything' can be found in the Torah. It is not just a book that one can read, understand, and take at face value. The Torah can be understood on many different levels. Jewish scholars spend hours in Yeshiva studying and debating the text. http://www.ajewwithaview.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
because it is said 2 b sacred writing and they don't want to touch it because they bealieve for it to be special so they use a yad to read instead of their dirty fingers. beca…use it is said 2 b sacred writing and they don't want to touch it because they bealieve for it to be special so they use a yad to read instead of their dirty fingers.
The Yad - or pointer - helps whoever's reading the Torah to keep their place without getting lost. Jews are NOT permitted to touch the parchment with their hands.
Jews read from the Torah Monday, Thursday, Saturday and on Festivals
For boys they have to be 13 to read the Torah but for girls they have to be 12 to read it publicly. However, children start studying Torah by first grade so around 6 years old….
They have to learn Hebrew.
The "Bima" is a big stage in the middle of the synagogue on which the Tora reading is preformed. In older times the Bima was not held only for this but also was the place wher…e the Hazan (Cantor) held the prayers. In even older times the Bima was not a high stage at all, but an area that was dug in the middle of the synagogue so the Hazan could fulfill and implement what was written "×××¢××§×× ×§×¨××ª×× ×'" ("Out of the depths have I called Thee, O LORD", Psalms, 130,1). This Minhag (Tradition) has been altered during the years to what you can see today.
While some Jews read Torah at home, a surprising amount do not. However, there is a tradition which is kept by most Jews, it is called a Torah portion. The Torah portion is re…ad weekely and is designed so the Torah can be read in 3 years, it also contains an additional read generally from the prophets. An example of a Torah portion is seen below, it is from this past Sabbath's reading.... Mishpatim: "Judgements" February 12/13 2010 - 29 Shvat 5770 Torah- Exd. 21:1 - 24:18 Halftarah- Jer. 34:8-22, 33:25-26
Depends how religious they are. It could be everyday or just once a year.
In an ordinary week with no special observances or occasions, fourtimes . . . Sabbath morning and afternoon, plus Monday and Thursday morning. In addition, services on most al…l out-of-the-ordinary occasions,such as the Torah holidays, Purim, Hanukkah, etc., also include Torahreading. That statement refers to formal reading from theTorah scroll during a community worship service in the synagogue. Itdoesn't represent the totality of occasions on which Jews consult, study, or discusscontents of the Torah. That ideally takes place every day,preferably on a regularly scheduled basis, or else simply when a Jew finds himself with sometime in which to learn.
The pointer used when reading the Torah is called a 'yad' which means hand. The yad is used to keep the reader's place while he or she is chanting the Torah. This is used inst…ead of the person's finger so as not to damage the parchment and writing.
The Torah is primary; and its entire text is read over the course of each year in the synagogue. The rest of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) is secondary; only some portions are rea…d in the synagogue. However, the entire Tanakh is taught and studied by Jews privately or in groups, along with other subjects such as Jewish laws and Talmud. It is worth noting that while the Old Testament and Tanakh are similar, there are several differences between the two texts including: additional books in the Old Testament, additional chapters in the Old Testament, and changed words/translations.
In my experience (in Orthodox synagogues) it is; but other kinds of synagogues might do things differently. In Ashkenazi Orthodox synagogues, the chazzan stands at the bimah… only during the Torah-reading. Otherwise, he has a lectern which is at the front of the synagogue.
It's used as both a "pointer" to follow the text, and to ensurethat the reader doesn't touch the parchment. Not touching theparchment is one of the ways we show reverence for …the scroll. See related link.
the pointer called a yad