Judaism in Kerala

Menorah and Bima

A seven-branched candelabrum, called the Menorah, is another important symbol of Judaism.  It is kept lit all the time (Ner Tamid or eternal flame) to signify God’s constant presence in the lives of humans.  With the coming of electricity, the candles have been replaced by electric lamps.  Besides these, are the elevated platform or pulpit (called the Bimah or Bema or Bima) for the reading of the Torah, and the small stage from where the Rabbi, or the Jewish priest, delivers his sermon.  It takes ten adult Jewish men to make the Minyan or the quorum for the offering of prayers on the day of the Sabbath (the Day of Rest for Jews observed from Friday evening to Saturday evening).