Oct 28

Ketubah of the Day

Trieste (Italy), 1774 - Museum Collection Ketubah

by The Jewish Museum

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This ketubah was adapted from a marriage contract, from Trieste (Italy), 1774, in the collection of The Jewish Museum. The decorative frame features biblical scenes – the Binding of Isaac and the Temptation of Adam and Eve, above left and right, and Lot and his two daughters, at bottom. The scenes were probably chosen to remind couples to avoid a life of sin and to lead a life of faith. The Hebrew inscriptions within the decoration translate as follows: In cartouche: "The voice of mirth, the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, the voice of the bride" (Jeremiah 33:11) Around outer edge: "Who can find a virtuous woman?" (Prov. 31:10); "Who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the Lord" (Prov. 18:22; "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband" (Prov. 12:4); Text of Ruth 4:11-12. Around the text, in Aramaic: "With a good sign and favorable fortune to the bridegroom and the bride"

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Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum in New York City is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of art and Jewish culture from ancient to modern times. Encompassing four floors of galleries, and located on Manhattan’s prestigious Museum Mile at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, The Jewish Museum organizes a diverse schedule of internationally acclaimed and award-winning temporary exhibitions as well as dynamic and engaging programs for families, adults, and school groups. The permanent exhibition tells the unfolding story of Jewish culture and identity through 800 works of art, archaeology, ceremonial objects, photographs, video and interactive media. The Museum was established in 1904 when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, the Museum maintains a collection of 26,000 objects – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ritual objects, and broadcast media. Its collection of Jewish ceremonial art is the most significant in the Western Hemisphere. The Jewish Museum provides a unique source of insight and inspiration for all people, and is a major cultural resource for New York City and the world. For further information visit www.TheJewishMuseum.org.