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.
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