This is a picture of the Aron Kodesh in Ponevezh. (picture of a unusually ornate, unusually large, gold-colored ark for Torah scrolls, with no curtain before it)

I have heard from a former Talmid of Ponevezh that the Paroches is inside the Aron. Does anyone have a source/reason for why the minhag in Ponevezh is to have the Paroches inside?

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    Because the outside is so cool!
    – Double AA
    Jul 25, 2013 at 19:51
  • 1
    would not match the gold exterior
    – ray
    Jul 25, 2013 at 20:37
  • I've seen shuls where they have a decorative outer set of doors (like the ones in the picture) sliding them open reveals the Parochet, and behind the Parochet is an inner set of doors. Is that the case here as well?
    – Menachem
    Jul 25, 2013 at 21:46
  • @Menachem as far as I understand, you open the Aron which reveals the paroches then you move that to reveal the Torah(s).
    – Bochur613
    Jul 25, 2013 at 22:57
  • there's a shot of the open aron about 10 seconds into the video here: youtu.be/-zTqzpnXcmA?t=10s
    – Menachem
    Jul 26, 2013 at 0:53

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The reason is because the ark itself is beautiful; it was made in Europe three centuries ago and is so nice that pictures of it were used for postcards. Because, strictly speaking, there's no real requirement for the Aron to have a curtain outside the doors, the importance of having a beautiful yeshiva/Aron Kodesh wins out. I have seen several other synagogues which do the same thing, especially ones built more than a century ago.

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