Torah Yad Pointers
The Torah scroll is the most sacred object in Judaism. This Judaica item is considered sacred to the degree that once the scroll is completed, we do not touch the actual scroll. It is also not touched so as to ensure we do not erase the text. Thus, when reading from the Torah, in order to show where the reader is in the scroll, we use a Torah Pointer, also known as a Yad.
The Torah pointer is a pointer with a hand at the end with one finger extended. The opposite end usually has a flower or some kind of ornate object. The chain which attaches the Torah Pointer to the scroll usually goes through this object. The chain may be a metal such as silver or steel, but some also are made of a dyed cord, normally in a respectful color such as blue, red or purple.