The verse that surrounds the Spark of Divine: "From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, their streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being." (Quote by the Ba'al Shem Tov)
Universal and Judaic themes are surrounding this Middle eastern shaped ketubah with Moorish elements around it. The top Circles stand for "Eretz" - The land of milk and honey Israel. Look for the seven species - 6 at the top and the Seventh - "wheat" at the bottom in between the lions.
The tree of life with olive branches wrap the ketubah from the outside as the verse says: "Your wife is like a fruitful vines that surround your table..." and the vines, its grapes and leaves flows together with color harmony.
At the bottom right side of the ketubah, the earth toned red, hides in itself many golden Judaic symbols, such as: The Torah, Menorah, an ancient cup, Harvest, Fishes for fertility, Hamsa for good luck ... and more. The left side of the ketubah, the black background, hides in itself the Sites and the spirit of the Golden city Jerusalem, the little houses, The Montifiori wind mill, the western wall, water waves, and the rising sun.
In the big tall African candle holders burning the two "Sparks of the Divine". And an ancient melody can be heard ... from the legendary "Gibson" Mandolin (1922) and the David harp.
This spectacular Giclee print is signed and numbered and created on archival artist paper or canvas. 31" x 20"
Text Options & Explanations
Our ketubot are available in a variety of texts and the options are listed with each ketubah listing. 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.
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 over 2000 years ago. There is no English on this text.
Traditional Aramaic with English
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)
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
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.
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.
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 10 to 15 years ago, many couples who have been married for more than 10 years 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).
Alternative Egalitarian (Gender Neutral)
This text is suitable for reform, humanistic, different heritages and special partnerships. The Hebrew is a direct translation of the English. The signature lines have been left off because we fill in this portion of the ketubah when we personalize it according to the specifications of the couple. Most couples opt for the standard signature lines (2 Witnesses, Bride, Groom, and Rabbi), but some people want the word "beloved" instead of bride and groom, or the word "Officiant" or "Cantor" instead of Rabbi.
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