Original Ketubah

By Rabbi Claudia Kreiman and Rabbi Ebn Leader

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Be Siman Tov u-be Mazal Tov

With auspicious signs and a flow of wellbeing
In the name of YHVH the universal force
With the intention to serve the unification of the Holy Blessed One and the Divine
Presence
With awe and love,
and in the name of all Israel.
May the beauty of YHVH light our path so that all we do is inspired, and may all we
do be for YHVH.

On the xxxx of the week, the xxxx of xx in the year five thousand seven hundred and
xxxx of the creation of the world as calculated by our community in xxxx, xxxx in the
United States of America.

We witnessed the groom xxxx the son of xxxx and xxxx last name say to the bride
xxxx the daughter of xxxx and xxxx last name: “I want to marry you according to
the practices of Moshe and the people of Israel, for you to be my companion and my
partner. And I will serve and respect and sustain and support you in the manner of
Jewish men of our times who serve and respect and sustain and support their spouses
with integrity. And I will provide you with food and clothing and all that you need,
and we will be intimate with each other.”

And we witnessed the bride xxxx the daughter of xxxx and xxxx last name : say to
the groom xxxx the son of xxxx and xxxx last name: “I want to marry you
according to the practices of Moshe and the people of Israel, for you to be my
companion and my partner. And I will serve and respect and sustain and support you
in the manner of the Jewish women of our times who serve and respect and sustain
and support their spouses with integrity. And I will provide you with food and
clothing and all that you need, and we will be intimate with each other.”

And the bride and the groom took it upon themselves to enter this partnership to
establish their home together on a foundation of love, harmony, peace and friendship.

And they committed to make the utmost effort to be ever attentive to each other, to
rejoice together in times of happiness, to respond with patience in times of difficulty
and pain, and to treat each other with forgiveness and compassion.

And the bride xxxx and the groom xxxx accepted the conditions stipulated in this
Ketubah, agreeing that they will share ownership of all possessions that either brings
into the marriage.

And if they ever want to separate they will do so with a get according to the practices
of Moshe and the people of Israel, before a Bet-Din that they both accept, or
alternatively a Bet-Din chosen by the rabbi of the congregation to which they belong.
And the bride xxxx and the groom xxxx accepted responsibility for everything
stipulated in this marriage contract in accordance with the authority of all marriage
contracts enacted by our sages of blessed memory. It should not be regarded as mere
rhetoric or a standardized form.

We have performed the act which in Jewish practice makes this document binding on
the part of the groom xxxx the son of xxxx and xxxx last name to the bride xxxx
the daughter of xxxx and xxxx last name: and on the part of the bride xxxx the
daughter of xxxx and xxxx last name: to the groom xxxx the son of xxxx and
xxxx last name with an instrument fit for that purpose, in order to confirm all that
is stated and specified above. It is all valid and confirmed.

Attested to _______________________ (witness)
Attested to _______________________ (witness)

And to further strengthen and confirm all of the above said we have also added our

signatures:
Bride ___________________________
Groom __________________________

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