The Art of The Ketubah

The ketubah (plural ketubot) is a traditional marriage contract that Jewish law requires a groom to provide for his bride on their wedding day. Historically, It is intended to protect the woman, primarily by establishing the man’s financial obligations to her in case of divorce or widowhood.

In addition to the financial clauses, the text of the ketubah outlines other obligations undertaken by the groom, including traditional conjugal rights such as food, clothing and shelter. Ketubot became a central part of the Jewish marriage ceremony in Talmudic times (70-500 C.E.). It has been in the home of every married couple no matter what their social status and no matter what the geographical location.

The rabbinic authorities considered it so basic to Jewish marriage, that a couple was prohibited from living together without one. Traditionally it must be signed by two witnesses and then read out-loud in Aramaic during the marriage ceremony. It is a public document to which the entire community is witness.

I have been creating Jewish scribal arts and Ketubot since 1976. I consult with the couple and develop sketches just as we do with design projects at NeigerDesign. My ketubot incorporate the ancient art of paper cutting and watercolor. To learn more about the art of the Ketubah go to

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Comments (3)

  • Jordan Moskowitz

    Jordan Moskowitz

    18 February 2016 at 03:24 | #

    I would like one of the displayed ketubahs


    • Carolyn Mooso

      Carolyn Mooso

      28 October 2017 at 22:17 | #

      I, too, am interested in one of the ketubot displayed on your site, but was unable to read your reply to Jordan Moskowitz, who expressed a similar interest. I suspect that each one is a piece of bespoke art and that none is available as a quality print that can be personalized as to text, but would like to know, as my son is part of a couple who really loves one of your beautiful designs.




      29 October 2017 at 13:04 | #

      Yes, it is possible to discuss the creation of one of the displayed Ketubot. Please contact me at to start a conversation.


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