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Torah pointers

Torah pointers

Torah pointers

Silver, engraved and inlaid with semiprecious stones

Inscribed in Hebrew with the names of the donors and the year

L: 28; W: 4 cm (each pointer)

Accession number:

B03.1415

149/293

Jewish Art and Life

The Torah pointers used by the Caucasian community of Mountain Jews were made and donated in pairs, or joined together when the dedication inscription related to the same event. During the Torah reading, they were held apart in a “V” shape in order to divide the text into short passages. This unique local tradition began in the early 19th century and was maintained up to the middle of the 20th century.