My sixth graders had an interesting discussion recently about why the Torah scoll's yad is silver rather than gold. We talked about beautifying a mitzvah and looked at some of the other "fancy" ritual objects around us. Would we want a gold yad though? Great arguments for an against. Let's have some discussion here. Would a gold yad be practical? Would it be preferable to a silver yad? Why or why not? Think it through in the comments and I'll tell you what my students decided at the end of the week.