Whittling a Yad
A Yad, or hand, is the pointing tool traditionally used to help us read from the Sefer Torah. Our
Torah scroll is both sacred and delicate. We would never want to damage it with our fingers, so
we use a Yad to help us follow along as we leyn. By making their own Yad out of locally sourced
wood, participants connect Jewish ritual with the local environment and feel closer to the
mitzvah of reading from the Torah. This project can feel especially meaningful to participants
preparing for Bnai Mitzvah.
This program was created by Chelsea Stephens as part of the JOFEE Fellowship.