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wikipedia: A yad (Hebrew: יד‎) (Yiddish: האַנט), literally, "hand," is a Jewish ritual pointer, popularly known as a Torah pointer, used by the reader to follow the text during the Torah reading from the parchment Torah scrolls. Beyond its practical usage, the yad ensures that the parchment is not touched during the reading. There are several ...


I would first start with the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 282:7: אסור לישב על המטה שספר תורה עליה. הגה: וכל שכן שאסור להניחה על גבי קרקע. והוא הדין שאר ספרים (ב"י בשם הר"ר מנוח ובשם א"ח וכל בו). ואפילו על המדרגות שעושין לפי ארון הקדש אסור להניח ספרים (הנמי"י). ולא יניח אדם ספר תורה על ברכיו וב' אצילי ידיו עליו (מהרי"ל). ונראה לי דהוא הדין שאר ספרים One ...


Mishna Brura סימן צו ס"ק ז: " נפל ספר על הארץ ואינו יכול לכוין מותר להגביהו כשיסיים הברכה שהוא עומד בה ואי לא"ה לא יפסיק ". It says that only if you can't keep on focus the prayer you need to pick it up immediately, but by the way we learn that you should pick it up immediately if it's not during a prayer. To kiss it is a 'Hidur'. BTW, Sefer Hasidim says ...


I once heard this question asked at an Arachim function. The answer given was that although Koresh had the utensils returned, not all of them made it back and therefore Achashveirosh used the ones that he still had. I have not seen a written source for this though.


I did not read the whole article yet (discovered through a comment on this site, it's on my 'to-read' list), but the cheat sheet found on page 15 of this magazine (Kosher Spirit Pesach 5768 [from the OK]) says that "A posuk of Tanach (if it was read)" must be put into sheimos.


Meseches Sofrim 20 seems to imply as much. One may not light an old lamp; one who only has an old lamp may whiten it well in fire, and that is permitted. cf this lecture (around the 22 min mark)

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