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I think you may be confused regarding the term "maftir" and how it works. "Maftir" refers to the "additional" aliyah that occurs after the other 7 required aliyot on Shabbat. There is always a maftir, so there is no additional maftir. It is merely that one maftir is substituted in place of the standard weekly maftir. Some people call the Haftarah "maftir". ...


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According to this (It's a Google book, on p. 154 - in case link has a problem,) the first use of the Torah pointer in Europe was in Northern Italy dating back to the 15th century.


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The earliest reference to its use is in connection with the schools of Bethar before the destruction of that place in the war of Bar Kokba (132-135). http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/15047-yad



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