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QUOTES, TEXT AND WORDS: ON THE BOTTOM OF THE KETUBAH, WORDS FROM THE SHEVA BRACHOT, THE SEVEN BLESSINGS SAID UNDER THE CHUPPAH, DECORATE THE ROOTS OF THE TREES. THESE WORDS ARE FROM THE SEVENTH AND LAST BLESSING:

"גילה רינה, דיצה וחדווה, אהבה ואחווה, ושלום ורעות"

AND TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH THEY MEAN:

"MIRTH, SONG, DELIGHT AND REJOICING, LOVE AND HARMONY AND PEACE AND COMPANIONSHIP".

Custom Ketubah – Janette and Laurent London, England and Paris, France

Design and symbolism: This Ketubah was designed by the couple's request to have a piece that would be both traditional, representing their roots, family, and religion, as well as linked to their own view of life.

 

  • Trees: Trees are a recurring theme in traditional Ketubot, representing the tree of life as well as a connection to roots, growth and the life cycle. While there are strong roots in this Ketubah, there are also newly blossoming flowers and green leaves representing both present and future growth.

 

  • Small Chuppah: The couple requested to have a small illustration of a bride and groom under the Chuppah at the top of the Ketubah – this is both a traditional theme appearing in many historic Ketubot, as well as a way to remember their own personal moment as bride and groom under the Chuppah.
  • Three tiny flies:  Next to the tree and flowers one can find a few tiny flies, representing the imperfections in life and the acceptance of them.

 

Quotes, text and words: On the bottom of the Ketubah, words from the Sheva Brachot, the seven blessings said under the Chuppah, decorate the roots of the trees. These words are from the seventh and last blessing:

"גילה רינה, דיצה וחדווה, אהבה ואחווה, ושלום ורעות"

and translated into English they mean:

"mirth, song, delight and rejoicing, love and harmony and peace and companionship".

The process:

  • The sketch: Based on the couple's requests, after discussing imagery and ideas, an initial sketch was prepared, and sent to the couple for approval and/ or for any possible edits or remarks.

 

  • Materials and techniques: The final Ketubah was created on parchment, using black Chinese black ink for the text, which was hand drawn based on an ashkenazi style text. The illustration was created using colors such as tempera, gouache and colorful ink.

 

  • Reaching its final destination: Finally, the finished Ketubah was carefully transported from Florence, Italy, in which is was created, to just outside London, England, in which the wedding took place. The couple then took the Ketubah back to their home in Paris, France.

In their words:

Thank you Nehama for the most beautiful and personal ketubah. You included all the elements we suggested and it is even more lovely than we expected. We love that we have a beautiful piece of artwork that we display with pride that is also a wonderful momento of our wedding.

 

Janette & Laurent

Paris, France

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