39 Torah ark curtain
Tass, second half of 19th century
linen, ink, color dye
Gift of J. M. Fried, rabbi of Tass, 1916
This simple ink-painted linen parokhet was used on the occasion of circumcisions in the Synagogue in Tass. According to Jewish tradition, documents containing sacred writings and items that are in direct contact with the Torah scrolls must be buried if becoming unusable because of damage, in order to protect their dignity. Therefore, it is especially unique that this parokhet, decorated with prayer texts and used by the strictly orthodox Hasidic community of Tass, was sent by the Rabbi to the collection of the Museum.