Torah Pointer (Yad)
11 5/16 x 1 1/16 x 13/16 in. (28.8 x 2.7 x 2 cm)
Medium and Support:
Gift of Dr. Martin and Carol Rosenberg and the Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund
Location: Currently on view
A yad, which means “hand” in Hebrew, is a pointer used to facilitate the reading of the Torah and to protect its delicate parchment surface. Usually shaped like a long rod with a small hand and pointing index finger at one end, the yad assists the reader to track the Hebrew text, which is written without vowels and punctuation.
[Gallery label text, 2010]