Justice of the Peace Alan Ulrich JP

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The Ketubah

Last month I officiated a ceremony at The Boston Harbor Hotel for Scott and Irit.  Irit is from Israel and wanted to incorporate some Jewish traditions in her wedding ceremony.  One of the things they chose was a ketubah.

Wikpedia defines a ketubah (pronounced keh-TOO-buh) as “a special type of Jewish prenuptial 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.

 

“In a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony, the ketubah is signed by two witnesses and traditionally read out loud under the chuppah. Close family, friends or distant relatives are invited to witness the ketubah, which is considered an honour. The witnesses must be halakhically competent witnesses, and so cannot be a blood relative of the couple. “

Today, a ketubah is usually a work of art signed by the Bride, Groom, Officiant and two witnesses stating the couples’ vows to each other.  Scott and Irit had me read their ketubah and it was prominently displayed during the wedding ceremony.

When the ceremony is over, the ketubah is prominently displayed in the Bride and Groom’s home.  While the ketubah has its roots as a Jewish wedding tradition, it has become embraced by couples from all different religions and cultures.