A ketubah is a special legal document, the marriage contract, which is an integral part of a Jewish wedding ceremony. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom in relation to the bride.
It was set up in ancient times by the Rabbis to protect the wife in case her husband died prematurely or divorced her in which case she would lose her financial support. To ensure that the woman does not become poor and penniless, the ketubah ensures that the woman is paid a certain amount of money.
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Traditionally, ketubah is written in Aramaic, the language of the Jews at the time ketubah was standardized. Over the years to date, the content and style have remained essentially the same, with slight differences between the Sephardic and Ashkenazi versions.
However, in the last century, with the emergence of conservative and reformist movements, changes have been made that include translations into Hebrew and English, as well as additional texts to help avoid the situation of women being shackled.
Another type of wider variation may include the inclusion of texts from secular literary sources that reflect the individual lifestyle of modern newlyweds.
Finding the right ketubah has been one of the most exciting preparations for newlyweds as they begin their big day. Ketuba's writings and paintings have always been the cornerstone of Jewish ceremonial art.