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What’s Inside a Modern Ketubah

Attending a Jewish wedding involves a traditional custom which is the Ketubah or also known for being called as the Jewish marriage contract. Just like any other wedding, the Ketubah should also be signed by the married couples as part of the wedding rituals and should be in front of the witnesses and rabbi. At present, there is already what you call a modern Ketubah which is created and used during a wedding ceremony by couples that don’t really go for traditional ceremonies, or those that are not very religious, those that are considered interfaith couples or those who belong to the gay community.

For a newlywed couple’s vows, promises and responsibilities, these are all written in the Ketubah or Ketubot in plural term. A Ketubah is an artistically framed document that is basically seen on the walls of the couple’s home to serve as a reminder for both of them on what love is all about. Also, you can use modern Ketubah as a pre-nuptial agreement. It has been proven that at least 20% of the married people who failed in their first wedding prefer to have a pre-nuptial agreement for their second marriage so as to be prepared to whatever might happen in their relationship.

Some of the guidelines that you can use for you to create your own modern ketubah version for your contemporary Jewish wedding are the following:

To start off, you need to know what designs, styles, type of artwork and text you would like your Ketubah to have and if it even fits you and your partner’s preferences. Rabbis can also help you out on the creation of your Ketubah since they have been witnessing a lot of ketubah during weddings and this is not new to them at all. Another option for you is to just hire a mediator that will help you with the creation of your agreement. For you to understand the wants and needs of your partners, mediators can also assist and help you.

In order to protect the welfare of the children and the wife, this agreement has been created and this is one of the traditional reasons why it was created. The content of the Ketubah also clearly states the condition wherein the wife and children will not be taken for granted in the event that there will be a divorce and also to guarantee financial support.

Ketubah also serves as a writing canvas of the couple for their vows and promises. When writing the content, it should be felt and coming from the heart to further understand the wedding. It is important that you write everything including the love you feel for your partner and your promises and vows not to hurt and leave the person.

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