This week we have to order our invitations and our Ketubah.
For those of you who don’t know what a Ketubah is, it’s like a contract between us for our marriage. In ancient days, the Ketubah was more like a prenuptial agreement protecting the wife if the man were to die or want a divorce.
Nowadays, it’s a beautiful document where our vows are displayed in text. Ours will probably display both the English and Hebrew (or Aramaic… we haven’t decided yet).
Our officiant suggested we look at a few sites online for our Ketubah.
First, there’s Ketubah Ketubah. She also suggested MP Artworks and Gallery Judaica. After we’ve signed it, the Ketubah will be framed and hung on our wall. We found this really cool one on MP Artworks’ blog.
We’ve decided on this one
with this text:
On the _______ day of the week, the ______ day of the month of ________, in the year Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy One, corresponding to the Fourth day of the month of June, in the year Two Thousand Eleven, here in Carmel, Indiana, the bride, Jessica Frances Kerman, daughter of Pamela and Elliot, and the groom, Dustin Joseph Sparks, son of Delores and Darrin, enter into this mutual covenant as equal partners, loving and supportive companions in life. With this ceremony we affirm our intention to provide for each other the protections and privileges of this sacred union. These rings symbolize our commitment to each other as beloveds and friends before God and these witnesses. May our love provide us with the freedom to be ourselves, and the courage to follow our mutual and individual paths. May our lives be intertwined forever and be blessed with loyalty and devotion. As we share life’s experiences, we vow to create an intimacy that will enable us to express our innermost thoughts and feelings. We vow to respect and treasure each other, and treat one another with kindness. We vow to remain sensitive to each other’s needs, desires and dreams. We vow to share the joys in life and comfort each other in times of sorrow. We vow to support each other in intellectual, physical and spiritual pursuits. We vow to care for each others’ emotional well being with compassion and tenderness. We vow to establish a home committed to the creation of an all-inclusive society. We look forward to building a family filled with love, peace, learning and laughter. We joyfully enter into this covenant and solemnly accept the obligations herein.