Love’s Contract: The Ketubah

April 18, 2012 in handmade and vintage goods

Michelle Traub
Michelle Traub

Michelle Traub is Etsy's Member Stories Specialist.

Whether ¬†your ceremony will be taking place in a historical chapel or a casual backyard, incorporating traditions can bring potent symbolism to the life-changing event. Personally, I’ve always been drawn to the ketubah, a Jewish contract signed during the ceremony by the couple and their witnesses. While rooted in a history of bridal acquisition, the ketubah has come to incorporate modern notions of mutual responsibility and respect.

Rabbi Andy Bachman reflects: “The ketubah is one of the longest running, most enduring Jewish texts. As the Torah is a covenantal document between God and the Jewish people, the ketubah is for the covenantal love between two individuals. Its content, while evolving, is inherently personal and communal.”

In the midst of the sentimental blur of the big day, taking the time to produce this tangible document together strikes me as particularly everlasting. From stunning hand-painted horizons to papercut trees of life, this is a record for the ages.