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Comments Off on Denmark Outlaws Kosher Meat
Today’s post has nothing to do with Ketubot nor anything Ketubah related.
Rather, here at Orthodox Ketubot, we are distraught after reading all the emerging news, such as this article from Denmark: killing animals according to our ancient laws of Kashrut is now illegal.
We are entering an ugly, ugly period in the history of the world.
Jews, we must stick together.
Comments Off on How is an Orthodox Ketubah different than a conservative or reform Ketubah?
How is an Orthodox Ketubah different than a conservative or reform Ketubah?
In short, the core difference is that, we adhere strongly to halachic requirements for the Ketubah.
In less traditional Ketubot, the couple include any text they want. They usually choose from a list of generic texts that random modern writers have written — or they write it themselves.
Although this might be touching, personal and powerful — it is not a Ketubah! Emphatically!
A Ketubah is a very specific legal (according to our Jewish law) contract, articulating clearly tne rights and responsibilities of the Jewish man and wife when they are married, including the dirty details, like the dowry and zuzzim!
If a Ketubah doesn’t do this, it’s just a cute love contract–not a Ketubah.
Sometimes, we see couples that want both: to use the traditional text, and also a more emotional one.
In those cases, we recommend that they use the traditional text in Hebrew/Aramaic; and then — additionally — they write text in English that captures the emotional side of what they want to say.
In this situation, it is acceptable for the English text to say anything you want (so long as it doesn’t contract the Aramaic-Hebrew text!) since it is just an addendum to the original document.
If you are looking for some additional English text to add to the original Hebrew/Aramaic text — just ask us! We have lots of texts and work with lots of Ketubah authors.
Comments Off on Southampton Blocks Eruv
Sometimes, on our blog here at Orthodox Ketubot, we talk about non-Orthodox issues relevant to the Orthodox Jewish community.
The town of Southampton has prevented Jews from posting an Eruv in Southampton. You can read all about it here.
There is no reason to do this, other than treating the Jews unfairly. The actual work involved is minuscule; it will not be visible; it won’t hurt anyone, not take up any space; and it will be massively — massively! — beneficial to the Jews there. There is no reason not to let us put up the Eruv other than… spite.
Please change your mind, Southampton. We want to be friends!
Okay, now back to our regularly-scheduled Ketubah talk!
Comments Off on Papercut Ketubot
Papercut Ketubot are a wonderful tradition, combining both the Ashkenazi and the Sephardi worlds. The art of the Papercut Ketubah is beautiful and classic — and really stands out.
The papercuts usually combine the traditional Ashkenaz tradition, with the flair and style of the Sephardim.
We strongly recommend a papercut Ketubah to any couple who wants to combine both halves of the Jewish tradition.
The King of the Papercut Ketubot is Danny Azoulay, of course. But there’s a new team that has just launched a creative and wonderful (and kosher!) line of paper ketubot: the Papercut Collection from This is not a Ketubah. If you want to bring together both sides, they are worth a try. We’ve only had excellent experiences with them.
Comments Off on Orthodox Ketubah Tip: Don’t Forget The Border
There’s a lot of subtlety to getting the Ketubah just perfect. Here’s one rule that’s easy to forget:
Ensure that there is enough space between the text and the art. If the art comes too close to the text of the contract, it could be seen as ambiguous (is it this letter, or that letter?). And we must avoid all ambiguity.
This is the reason why, on all of our Ketubot, we ensure that a substantial amount of space is left between the Ketubah art and the Ketubah text.