Text Options & Explanations
Our ketubot are available in a variety of text options. You should choose the one that best reflects your own beliefs and worldview. It would be wise to get your rabbi's or officiant's approval before ordering your ketubah.
Traditional Aramaic (Click to View Sample)
This text is a prenuptial agreement between the groom and the bride wherein the husband undertakes to honor, support and maintain his wife. In the document he states that she will receive a certain sum of money in the event of divorce or of his death. It is a very formal contract written in Aramaic. There is no English on this text.
Traditional Aramaic with English (Click to View Sample)
This text is the same Aramaic document as above. The traditional English portion is NOT a translation of the Aramaic, rather a brief paraphrase.
Lieberman Clause with English (Conservative) (Click to View Sample)
This text is almost the same text as the Traditional Aramaic. A new clause was added essentially stating that in the case of a civil divorce, either the husband or wife can appear before the conservative Bet Din (rabbinic court) to request a "Get" (a Jewish divorce document). According to Jewish law, without this document, a woman is still legally married to her husband. Some Conservative Rabbis require the Lieberman Clause text to protect the woman in the unlikely event that a man refuses to grant her a "Get". The English portion is NOT a translation of the Aramaic, but rather a contemporary text.
Egalitarian with English (Click to View Sample)
This text is suitable for reform and conservative marriages. The text reflects an egalitarian view of marriage and the equal roles of a husband and wife in our contemporary Jewish society.
Interfaith (Click to View Sample)
This text is designed for couples from different heritages. The language is gender neutral, so as to accommodate both Judaism and the other religion. It contains the specific information as to names, place and date of wedding, etc. and contains mutual vows of love and commitment.
Anniversary (Click to View Sample)
This text is designed for couples celebrating an anniversary from 2 years to 70 or more years. It records the bride and groom's original wedding and does not need to be signed. Since the tradition of using an illuminated ketubah has been re-introduced into the ceremony only more recently, many couples never had a beautiful ketubah. They are now either deciding to purchase a ketubah for themselves in order to renew their vows, or they can receive one as a gift (often from their children).
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