Parochet (also paroches, parokhet) is the curtain
on the front of the Aron Kodesh in a synagogue
that cover the Sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls). In
most cases, behind the Parochet is also a door.
This curtain represents the covering that was on
the original Ark of the Covenant.
It is customary in many synagogues to change
the parochet to a different set (normally white)
during the High Holy Days
Several of the prohibited Shabbos activities
derive from the manufacture and repair of the
The parochet used in the Temple were made
from wool and linen, and were exempt from the
laws of Shatnez.