Persian Ketubah #170   



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This ketuba was inspired by the intricate architecture of the ancient Persian culture.
The many shades of  blue play against each other to form endless combinations with an overall effect of timeless elegance. The ketuba was custom designed for a wedding event of biblical times:
the union of Queen Esther and King Achashverosh. To read more, see below.

 

Persian #170
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    Anniversary English and Hebrew or
                            English with Hebrew heading

    Blank No text 
    Conservative
English and Aramaic w Lieberman Clause 
    Interfaith
English and Hebrew or
                      English with Hebrew heading

    Orthodox English and traditional Aramaic
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Toronto Reform English and Hebrew

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This ketubah was created for a wedding event of biblical times: the union of Queen Esther and King Achashverosh. Our Shalom School, a joint religious school of Congregation Agudath Achim and Congregation Mickve Israel of Savannah, GA, had a school-wide event to teach the students about customs associated with Jewish weddings. 

Before the wedding began, the students rotated through several stations, preparing Esther and the King for the big ceremony while learning about different wedding traditions such as the ketubah, the chupah, henna ceremony, placing of the ring, breaking of the glass and the tradition of checking under the veil. The students arrived dressed appropriately and enjoyed a lively themed wedding reception.

Although everyone learned about different customs in different lands and earlier centuries, the actual wedding of Queen Esther and King Achashverosh  took place in ancient Persia and so a Persian style ketubah was created for this special celebration. Sixth grade students manned each of the six different stations.

The first station was centered around the customs surrounding the signing of the ketubah. A ketubah has historically been used to sanction a marriage. It means "writing" or "written" and refers to the document signed by witnesses before and might be read aloud during a Jewish wedding. It traditionally serves as a kind of premarital contract spelling out duties and responsibilities of the bride and groom. Many contemporary couples choose a text that expresses their hopes and commitments for their marriage. Some write their own text, while others search for a text that speaks of their vision. Historically, the ketubah is also an expression of artistic creativity. The bride and groom must also find people who witness their ketubah signing. Traditionally it was to be a religiously observant Jewish male, unrelated to either the bride or groom. Nowadays, we find that both Jewish men and women are asked to witness the signing.
Activity:
Each student of the Shalom School became a witness to this momentous wedding by signing their names on a special matt board which surrounds the wedding vows and elegant design.

The second station was centered around badeken (veiling). The badeken is the traditional custom of the groom placing the veil on his bride just before the ceremony. this custom is said to be based on the story of Jacob. When he first married, he thought his bride would be Rachel. When he lifted the veil at the end of the ceremony, he found her older sister Leah instead. This traditional custom can be as simple or as elaborate as the bride and groom wish it to be. There are instances of it being combined with a Torah study session. Others use it as a time for the families to begin celebrating the wedding with music, singing and dancing. This is a custom that, if one chooses to use it, can be modified so that it will fit in with the customs and traditions of the bride and groom.
Activity:
the students reviewed the story of Jacob's marriage to  Leah and Rachel. Each person was given a piece of veil to hold over their face.

Next, the students learned about the chupah. The wedding ceremony is usually held under a chupah. It is  symbolic of the first home that the bride and groom will be establishing. It is open on all sides to welcome family and strangers into their home, just as Abraham and Sarah's tent was always ready to receive visitors. A Chupah can be as simple as a prayer shawl held by 4 close friends or as elaborate as hand carved wooden poles covered with embroidered fabrics or even trimmed with elaborate floral decorations.
Activity:
Each group of students selected 4 members to hold the four corners of a tallit while the others stood under it for a group photo.

The next station centered on the Henna ceremony. Mostly within Sephardic Middle Eastern or Yemenite families, there is a pre-wedding tradition referred to as henna. The bride is dressed in elaborately trimmed colorful clothes and many times weighted down with heavy jewelry. Her hands are adorned with special paste in decorative patterns that leave a semi-permanent tint on the skin called henna. A gold coin, symbolizing prosperity and wealth, is placed in her groom's hand. This ceremony was once the farewell ceremony for the bride who would be traveling from her village to live in the village of her new husband. At one time it was attended exclusively by the women of the village, but has come to be part of the pre-wedding festivities.
Activity:
A small amount of henna was placed in each person's hand, rubbed in and then washed off leaving some of the pigment on the skin.

Placing of the ring ceremony was the next station. There are a variety of customs that are associated with the wedding ring (or rings). There are those who believe that the ring should be a very plain gold band. Others prefer that it is inscribed with Judaic symbols or plain ornamentation. Many modern day people wear their wedding rings on the second finger of their left hand. There is also a Jewish custom of the groom placing the wedding ring on the index finger of the bride's right hand. Many modern couples reciprocate this by having the bride place a ring on her groom's finger as well. This central part of the ceremony where the bride and groom publicly state that they intend to be husband and wife and exchange rings is the moment they are married.
Activity:
It was explained that there is an old European custom that many couples followed. For the bride and groom who were not able to afford their own rings, they could rent the community ring for five shekels to be used in the ceremony. After the wedding it would be returned to await the next bridal couple. The one that was used for this wedding sits in Mickve Israel's second floor museum.

The 6th and last station centered around breaking of the glass. Near the end of the wedding ceremony, the groom will place a glass on the floor and shatter it with his foot. There are several explanations given for this tradition. Some explain that this is an act serving as a reminder of the destruction of the ancient temple in Jerusalem and signifies the couple as a part of the spiritual and national destiny of the Jewish people. It also serves as a reminder of the fragility of life and that relationships need to be cared for or they could also be broken. Others say that it is a superstition that is used to ward off unhappiness at a happy time for the bride and groom.
Activity:
Each student was given a hard plastic cup wrapped in a paper towel to break

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