The Barr Foundation collection of Yads (Torah Pointers) is currently on display and will be so until late May, at Temple Emanu-El at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street. The exhibition includes highlights of America's largest and most diverse private collection of Torah pointers.
Selections of contemporary and traditional Yads (Torah pointers), from the Barr Foundation collection, will be at Temple Emanu-El until May 30.
Exhibition on display at the Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El
THE GUIDING HAND
An Exhibition of Torah Pointers from Past and Present
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, and will also feature Torah ornaments belonging to the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El.
Exhibition dates: February 6 – May 30
Temple Emanu-El: One East 65th Street at Fifth Avenue
Museum hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Below are just a few examples.