Jan 28

Ketubah of the Day

Rhodes (Greece), 1830 Ketubah

by The Jewish Museum

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This ketubah was adapted from a marriage contract, from Rhodes (Greece), 1830, in the collection of The Jewish Museum. In the left panel are the terms of engagement (tena’im) and in the right panel the marriage contract, an arrangement also found on Italian ketubot. The Soriano family, to which the bride belonged, was very prominent on Rhodes. The text at the top reads: “Your wife will be as a fruitful vine in the innermost parts of your house” (Psalm 128:3) “And let your house be like the house of Peretz, whom Tamar bore unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give you of this young woman.” (Ruth 4:12) “He who finds a wife has found happiness and has won the favor of the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22) The text at the bottom reads: “He who finds a wife has found happiness and has won the favor of the Lord.” (Proverbs 18:22)

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