חשן התורה - A completed Sefer Torah is treated with great honor and respect. It is girded with a special belt and robed with fine fabric, called a "Mantle". It is also decorated with an ornamental breastplate, Torah poles, and a crown. The ornaments are sacred vessels and somewhat resemble the ornaments of the Kohen Gadol (High Priest). The breastplate, mantle and crown often have little bells attached to them that remind us of this. A yad, or pointer, may also be hung from the scroll, since in regards to the holiness of the Torah, it should never be touched with the bare finger.
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