Love’s Contract: The Ketubah

April 18, 2012 in
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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.”

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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.