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The Guiding Hand
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Exhibition of Torah Pointers
For thousands of years, Jews used simple tapered wooden sticks to point the way through the densely written text of the Torah without touching the fragile parchment. But over the millennia, the yad — pointer — has developed into a unique art form. While some are still carved out of wood, others are now shaped from silver or graphite, and even ornamented with gold, ivory and jewels.

The yad has thus become an artistic chronicle of how Jews read and relate to the Torah, a story you can explore in a wide-ranging exhibition of more than 200 pointers of all styles and national origins, some up to 400 years old. The display draws from the Barr Foundation Collection as well as the Pressman Collection and will also feature Torah ornaments belonging to the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El.

Event Timing: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Carpooling leaving TNT @ 1:30PM sharp
Temple Emanu-El • One East 65th Street • New York, NY
Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica
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