The folks at G-dcast, best known for putting out videos of the weekly Torah readings, have put together a lovely series on Jewish rituals. This is their video explaining the ketubah.
I'm honored to be included in some very august company (the Ketubah-Arts design featured is the Rising Ketubah)
By now, you've shopped around and you've encountered, "I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine." On the one hand, it is a classic theme for Jewish weddings for a reason - its symmetry, sentiment, and history are appealing and reassuring. On the other, it is everywhere. For couples wanting something just a little bit different, its ubiquitousness may make it much feel less theirs.
Part 1 offers some traditional alternatives. Part 2 will offer some less traditional, but inspiring options.
As labels go, "Interfaith" is broad, encompassing everyone from mostly secular, even atheist couples who come from different backgrounds, to deeply religious couples who are committed to different faiths. The "interfaith" label may be the only thing these couples have in common. I choose symbols very carefully, making sure that no one has to choose something that doesn't fit or that makes claims on their identity that they are not ready to embrace.
Good ketubah designs leave room for couples to love them. When choosing art to represent your relationship, you don't want designs that don't fit or that don't leave room for evolving senses of self and changing fashions. Beyond offering Gay & Lesbian ketubah texts, I have also made a commitment to making the illustrations and art friendly to same sex couples. I use several strategies to make the designs accessible to all couples, whether they are gay or straight, cis gender or queer.
For religious purposes, those having a Jewish wedding record the Hebrew date rather than the secular date. To determine your Hebrew wedding date, I collect your secular wedding date and go to the HebCal Date Converter . It reliably provides the corresponding date.
Don't we have something like 4 New Years? How can you even tell what year it is?!
A Hebrew name in a Jewish context refers to the ritual name given at a bris (religious circumcision) or baby naming to a Jewish child or to a person becoming Jewish upon completing the beit din. It is used during religious rituals, like being called up to bless the Torah, getting married, or other formal ritual events.
Frequently asked question, #001, "What do I sign my ketubah with?" Here are my recommendations with links to Amazon for purchase.
"But what if it's their one chance to be married to the person they love - the one person they will love in their whole life?" Jude, age 6, on hearing that some people don't approve of interfaith marriage.
Getting unsolicited advice is sort of a rite of passage for those marrying (or going through every rite of passage - having kids is worse). But this might just save your marriage and make your wedding planning a little easier.
Mostly, couples are interested in and expect to express an emotional commitment rather than signing a contract that protects the bride in case of death or divorce.