wand; hand with pointing index figure at narrow end; chain attached at knob end; rolled design

Yad (Torah pointer), 20th century

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Gift of Harold and Mickey Smithexpand_more  98.136.9a,b

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The person reading a Torah always uses a yad (Hebrew for "hand"), or Torah pointer, to keep his or her place, because touching the parchment with fingers causes the ink to deteriorate.

Details
Title
Yad (Torah pointer)
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.136.9a,b
Provenance
(Weisberg Religious Articles, New York, NY); Collection of Harold & Mickey Smith purchased 2/12/87; Gift to the MIA in 1998
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wand; hand with pointing index figure at narrow end; chain attached at knob end; rolled design