The Ketubah, or Marriage Contract

The ketubah is an ancient contract delineating the obligations of the husband to his wife.

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It has long been the practice in many communities to have illuminated ketubot, with paintings of birds, flowers, and other ornamental features. Illuminated ketubot from the 19th century and earlier are now collectors' items.

We also recommend this video from G-dcast on the ketubah:

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Rabbi Louis Jacobs

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