yad

yad

[Sephardic Hebrew yahd; Ashkenazic Hebrew yawd]
noun, plural yadim [Sephardic Hebrew yah-deem; Ashkenazic Hebrew yaw-dim] . Hebrew.
a tapered, usually ornamented rod, usually of silver, with the tip of the tapered part forming a fist with the index finger extended, used by the reader of a scroll of the Torah as a place marker.

Origin:
yādh literally, hand

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yad (jɑd)
 
n
Judaism a hand-held pointer used for reading the sefer torah
 
[Hebrew]

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yad

in Judaism, a ritual object, usually made of silver but sometimes of wood or other materials, that consists of a shaft affixed to a miniature representation of a hand with its index finger pointing. The yad is used optionally in liturgical services to indicate the place that is being read on a Torah (biblical) scroll, thus eliminating the necessity of touching the sacred manuscript with the hand. Many yadayim are prized as works of art.

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