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.