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YAD: Silver Torah Pointer c.1900 - hand figural

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YAD: Silver Torah Pointer c.1900 - hand figural

Measurements: 6" x 1/2" at the widest dimension - WEIGHT: 1.3 oz.

Hallmarked with the number 12 and "S.R." I have been unable to identify the country of origin, but I purchased two yad from the same estate and the other was pre-1900 Germany.

The torah pointer or YAD (the Hebrew word for hand) is part of the Jewish ceremony of reading a portion of the torah. It is a decorated rod used in the synagogue to indicate the text of the torah that is being read in the day's service. It usually has a representation of a hand or "yad" with a pointing index finger.

Because everything connected with the Torah is sacred, it is considered disrespectful to touch the text when reading the passages. This is not only for reasons of respect, but also because the constant touching with the finger would eventually soil the Torah and require it to be reinscribed.

When not in use, the yad is hung next to the Torah shield and over the mantle.

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