Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Choosing the Right Ketubah

Ketubah is like a Jewish prenuptial agreement or marriage contract and it is considered an integral part of a traditional Jewish marriage. These days beside Judaica shops, museum stores or gift shops you can easily order a Ketubah online. There are many artists and painters who specialize and focus on creating unique custom Ketubot. Since the Ketubah is something that will actually last beyond the day of your wedding itself and will act as a strong reminder about the responsibilities for both of you as a married couple then you should take the time to choose the best one. Pick the right Ketubah design that you really like and keep in mind that it will be hanging in your home for the rest of your married life, so choose wisely.Here are some questions that you might think about first and consider carefully when choosing the right Ketubah for your wedding day.

•#Research the traditional and popular texts that are often used for Ketubot. Your rabbi can usually provide these example texts for you. You and your future partner must ask yourself, do you like it? Is the text understandable, meaningful and does it have the right amount of religiosity? Ask the rabbi about making changes if you feel they are needed, or often you can write the text by yourself if that is more meaningful to you.

•#Does the rabbi approve of the text that you choose?

•#Another choice that must be made is whether or not you want the text to be written in your native language like English or the traditional Hebrew. You can have the text written in one language or the other or have it written in both. That is often a good choice.

•#Do you like the lettering type or text font on the Ketubah?

•#Talk to the artist responsible for making your Ketubah design and tell them about your concerns or give them some suggestions. As most people will only need one Ketubah in their life time it's important to ask all of your questions and preferences about the Ketubah out early in the process, so that the artist can make adjustments if necessary.

•#What size Ketubah would look good to you? Large? Small? Also, keep in mind that you will be framing the Ketubah so you will to measure in at least an extra inch for that.

•#Consider the paper as well; make sure that the paper they will use is high quality and that it will last for a long period of time.


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Tom Budko is a fan of, New World Wedding and Ketubahs Custom Ketubah and Wedding Art by Rachel Deitsch

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