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).
    – user3318
    Commented Jan 8, 2014 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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    Decided that it' a chidush by who? The publisher? Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 21:24
  • @ShmuelBrin, good question. I know no more than I wrote, unfortunately.
    – msh210
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 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
    Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 12:51
  • There's a Yad Efraim on Yoreh Deah as well
    – robev
    Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 1:14
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    @SethJ see preceding comment.
    – msh210
    Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 4:17

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