A parochet (Hebrew: פרוכת; Ashkenazi pronunciation: paroches) meaning "curtain" or "screen", is the curtain that covers the Torah ark (Aron Kodesh) containing the Torah scrolls (Sifrei Torah) in a synagogue.
- "He brought the ark into the Tabernacle and placed the screening dividing curtain so that it formed a protective covering before the Ark...".
In most synagogues, the parochet which is used all year round is replaced during the High Holy Days with a white one.
The term parochet is used in the Hebrew Bible to describe the curtain that separated the Holy of Holies (Kodesh Hakodashim) from the main hall (hekhal in Hebrew) of the Temple in Jerusalem. Its use in synagogues is a reference to the centrality of the Temple to Jewish worship.
Parochet of the Synagoge in Mühlhausen
Parochet in the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem
Parochet from 1797, Jewish Museum of Switzerland.
Parochet in the Synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway