A ketubah is a special type of agreement. It is considered an integral part of a traditional Jewish marriage, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom, in relation to the bride.The rabbis in ancient times insisted on the marriage couple entering the ketubah as a protection for the wife.
In modern practice, the ketubah has no agreed monetary value, and it is not a legal agreement but an agreement of the heart. Modern Ketubbah is personalized works of art, including both the text of the symbolic marriage contract and artwork in the margins.
Some couples use the ketubah to express their vows for each other or detail how they will share responsibilities and resolve conflicts.
In the modern liberal Jewish world, couples can consider a much wider range of ketubah options. There are interfaith ketubot, LGBT ketubot, secular humanist ketubot and more.
In most modern Jewish/interfaith weddings, the couple signs the Ketubah about a half hour before the wedding ceremony in the presence of two witnesses of their choosing, their immediate family and the wedding party.
Ketubbot are considered prized wedding mementoes and are typically framed and hung in a prominent place in the couple’s home after the wedding.
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