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I've seen in the Shulchan Aruch the hand symbol ( ☜ ) appearing quite a few times.

What does it do? Does it reference to mforshim on the side?

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The common names for this character in typography are index, manicule, and fist. (source: Wikipedia). –  Malper Jan 8 at 4:11

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In Orach Chayim, it refers to a comment by the Yad Efrayim, in the margin.

The Business Halacha Institute tells me that in Choshen Mishpat it points to a chidush [a novel thought or opinion].

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Hand sign in Choshen Mishpat: hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=9725&st=&pgnum=103 –  Shmuel Brin Sep 21 '11 at 3:41
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Decided that it' a chidush by who? The publisher? –  Shmuel Brin Apr 16 '13 at 21:24
    
@ShmuelBrin, good question. I know no more than I wrote, unfortunately. –  msh210 Apr 16 '13 at 22:06
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It appears quite a bit in Yoreh De'ah as well. Also, I noticed that some new publishers use it a little bit differently than older ones, so this answer may be obsolete (or just incomplete). I think some publishers may have a note at the beginning about how they use it. @Shmuel brin –  Seth J Apr 17 '13 at 12:51

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