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Text of Ketubah

Text of Ketubah

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The following is the basic ketubah text. Minor -- but vital --changes are made in the contract depending on various factors -- chiefly among them the bride's previous marital history.

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... בשבת ... לחדש ... שנת חמשת אלפים ושבע מאות ... לבריאת עולם למנין שאנו מנין כאן ... איך ... בן ... אמר לה להדא ... בת ... הוי לי לאנתו כדת משה וישראל ואנא אפלח ואוקיר ואיזון ואפרנס יתיכי ליכי כהלכות גוברין יהודאין דפלחין ומוקרין וזנין ומפרנסין לנשיהון בקושטא ויהיבנא ליכי ... כסף זוזי ... דחזי ליכי ... ומזוניכי וכסותיכי וסיפוקיכי ומיעל לותיכי כאורח כל ארעא וצביאת מרת ... דא והות ליה לאנתו ודן נדוניא דהנעלת ליה מבי ... בין בכסף בין בזהב בין בתכשיטין במאני דלבושא בשמושי דירה ובשמושא דערסא הכל קבל עליו ... חתן דנן ב... זקוקים כסף צרוף וצבי ... חתן דנן והוסיף לה מן דיליה עוד ... זקוקים כסף צרוף אחרים כנגדן סך הכל ... זקוקים כסף צרוף וכך אמר ... חתן דנן אחריות שטר כתובתא דא נדוניא דן ותוספתא דא קבלית עלי ועל ירתי בתראי להתפרע מכל שפר ארג נכסין וקנינין דאית לי תחות כל שמיא דקנאי ודעתיד אנא למקני נכסין דאית להון אחריות ודלית להון אחריות כלהון יהון אחראין וערבאין לפרוע מנהון שטר כתובתא דא נדוניא דן ותוספתא דא מנאי ואפילו מן גלימא דעל כתפאי בחיי ובתר חיי מן יומא דנן ולעלם ואחריות וחומר שטר כתובתא דא נדוניא דן ותוספתא דא קבל עליו ... חתן דנן כחומר כל שטרי כתובות ותוספתות דנהגין בבנת ישראל העשויין כתיקון חכמינו ז"ל דלא כאסמכתא ודלא כטופסי דשטרי וקנינא מן ... בן ... חתן דנן למרת ... בת ... דא על כל מה דכתוב ומפורש לעיל במנא דכשר למקניא ביה הכל שריר וקים

נאום ...

נאום ...

English Text:

On the [...] day of the week, the [...] day of the [Hebrew] month of [...], the year [...] after the creation of the world, according to the manner in which we count [dates] here in [...], the bridegroom [...] son of [...] said to this [...] daughter of [...], “Be my wife according to the law of Moses and Israel. I will work honor, feed and support you in the custom of Jewish men, who work, honor, feed, and support their wives faithfully. I will give you the settlement of [...] silver zuzim, which is due you according to [...] law, as well as your food, clothing, necessities of life, and conjugal needs, according to the universal custom.”

Ms. [...] agreed, and became his wife. This dowry that she brought from her father’s house, whether in silver, gold, jewelry, clothing, home furnishings, or bedding, Mr. [...], our bridegroom, accepts as being worth [...] silver pieces (zekukim).

Our bridegroom, Mr. [...] agreed, and of his own accord, added an additional [...] silver pieces (zekukim) paralleling the above. The entire amount is then [...] silver pieces (zekukim).

Mr. [...] our bridegroom made this declaration: “The obligation of this marriage contract (ketubah), this dowry, and this additional amount, I accept upon myself and upon my heirs after me. It can be paid from the entire best part of the property and possessions that I own under all the heavens, whether I own [this property] already, or will own it in the future. [It includes] both mortgageable property and non-mortgageable property. All of it shall be mortgaged and bound as security to pay this marriage contract, this dowry, and this additional amount. [it can be taken] from me, even from the shirt on my back, during my lifetime, and after my lifetime, from this day and forever.”

And the surety for all the obligations of this marriage contract (ketubah), dowry and the additional sum has been assumed by [...] the said groom, with the full obligation dictated by all documents of ketubot and additional sums due every daughter of Israel, executed in accordance with the enactment of our Sages, of blessed memory. It is not to be regarded as an indecisive contractual obligation nor as a stereotyped form.

And we have completed the act of acquisition from Mr.[...] son of [...] our bridegroom, to Ms. [...] daughter of [...], regarding everything written and stated above, with an article that is fit for such a kinyan. And everything is valid and confirmed.

[...] son of [...] Witness

[...] son of [...] Witness

Text courtesy of Kehot Publication Society.
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Anonymous August 19, 2016

Super helpful! Thank you! Reply

Anonymous Ontario, Canada November 11, 2014

Hello,
The part about the "security" for the marriage contract- is this referring to the dowry the bride is supposed to bring in? Is this amount set aside by the bridegroom in the event of the divorce, or can it be used right away by him? Reply

Menachem Posner Montreal April 7, 2014

To Devorah in New York He may not live with her without a ketubah in place. Does the husband still want to live with his wife? This is something that must be discussed with a rabbi in person. Reply

Devorah New York April 4, 2014

What happens if a husband destroys the Ketubah and will not sign a replacement? Reply

Rick Chicago May 30, 2013

Is there a copy of the text with the appropriate vowels? Reply

Rabbi Menachem Posner March 12, 2012

To Goh in Singapore It is true that a Jewish man gives his wife a ketubah in which he stipulates his obligations to her as well has how much he will pay in the event that the marriage is terminated. However, the thing that you mentioned about the cup is just a fabrication as far as I can tell. Reply

Goh singapore, singapore March 11, 2012

Ketubah Process Is this true and still being practiced?…When a Jewish man proposed marriage to a Jewish woman, He would give her a contract called a Ketubah. In the contract were all the promises to his future bride. It also stated the price he would pay to obtain her. If she agreed, the bridegroom would hand her a cup of wine, if she drank from the cup the marriage was sealed and they became legally married. He would then say to her “I will not drink of this cup until we are reunited”. Reply

Rabbi Shmary Brownstein chabad.org November 20, 2011

To Michelle: You sound like you are sensitive to the need for a Jewish marriage to be holy. The way we sanctify a marriage is by recognizing and inviting G-d to be a partner in our union. G-d is a partner when the marriage is conducted in the manner He designed, embodied in Jewish Law. When a man gives a woman a ring and a Ketubah under a Chuppah, that is called Kiddushin, which means "sanctifying." Through these acts we create the proper situation in which a holy union can take place. When the laws of Family Purity are observed, the relationship is a fitting one into which G-d can be welcomed. A G-dly marriage is source of blessing for the couple as well as for the children born in such an environment. Reply

Michelle Brooklyn, NY November 10, 2011

Family Purity vs. Ketubah If a couple were to move in together and be engaged, would keeping the laws of family purity (2 wks & mikvah) be more important then writing up a ketubah? What defines a jewish marriage? Reply

Yisroel Cotlar Cary, NC February 23, 2010

Re: A couple must always know the location of their Ketuba as the document is necessary for their living together as husband and wife.

If a Ketuba is lost or stolen, one needs to immediately contact the local Rabbi and have another Ketuba written out. Reply

Dina Queens, NY February 18, 2010

Ketubah What happens when one does not know where their kutubah is?? What is the ramifications if any/ No rabbi seems to really answer or address such a question. Reply

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