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Jewish ritual pointer at Cáceres Museum

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Jewish ritual pointer at Cáceres Museum

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Location Caceres, Spain
Country Spain
City Caceres

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Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 39.4726,-6.3702



Summary

The yad, literally the hand, is a ritual pointer used to follow the reading of the text of the Torah. This pointer, currently located at Cáceres Museum, was found in the excavations of Parador de Plasencia in 1996

The pointer at Cáceres Museum is a bronze piece which prevented the Torah parchment from being touched whilst reading. This measure was taken to preserve the fragile support which is parchment and which sometimes did not absorb ink properly and this could run if the finger moved above the letters.


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