A yad Torah pointer is a device that is used ritually during the reading of the Torah to point to the text. The
word yad translates "hand," and the yad is often crafted with the image of a hand or pointing finger on it. The
purpose of the device is to allow the reader to follow along in the Hebrew text without actually touching the
sacred scrolls on which it appears. This protects the parchment from oil, smudges, or damages that might
come through physical contact. Yads come in a variety of materials, and can be wood or metal, but often silver
or silver plated is preferred.