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Custom Ketubah – Udi and Osnat Jerusalem, Israel

Design and symbolism: Udi and Osnat thought deeply about all the aspects of their Ketubah, especially the written word and its meaning. They liked the idea of the trees, which they saw in previous Ketubah examples, and chose to have them in their Ketubah as well.


  • 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 green leaves representing both present and future growth.


  • Birds: A peacock and a dove appear on the right, representing peace, freedom and beauty.


Quotes, text and words: The couple chose their own quotes , and these were added to the trees' roots and branches as banners flowing in the wind.


The first quote  is from Genesis 2:24 and says

"על כן יעזוב איש בית אביו ואימו ודבק באשתו"

This translates into:

"That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife".


The second quote was put together by the couple themselves, saying in Hebrew:

יהי רצון מלפניך ה' אלוהי אבותינו ואימותינו, שתקדש נישואינו לטובה ולברכה, לששון ולשמחה. ותיתן לנו חיים ארוכים, חיים של שלום, חיים של טובה, חיים של אהבה, חיים של הדדיות, חיים של ברכה, חיים של פרנסה, חיים של בריאות הגוף, חיים שיש בהם יראת שמיים ויראת חטא, חיים של יושר וכבוד, חיים שתהא בנו אהבת תורה ומורשת ישראל, חיים שימלא אלוהים משאלות ליבנו לטובה. אמן סלה

This translates roughly into English as:

"May it be Your will, Lord, our G-d and G-d of our fathers and mothers, that you will sanctify our marriage with goodness and with blessing, with joy and with gladness. And give us long lives, lives of peace, lives of goodness, lives of love, lives of mutuality, lives of blessings, lives of sustenance, lives of physical health, lives that have in them an awe of heaven and fear of sin, lives of honesty and respect, lives in which we will have a love of the Tora and of Jewish heritage, lives in which G-d will fill our heart's wishes for the good. Amen and Amen."

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 high quality Arches® watercolor paper, 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 handed to the couple in Jerusalem, Israel, in which the wedding took place.

In their words:

The Ketubah was the center of our ceremony. We invested much time into writing it. Meetings with the Rabbi and with our parents, conversations with each other, reading other Ketubot and speaking to other couples who chose to write their Ketubah.

Since the Ketubah was so important to us it was clear to us that we wantede to hang it in a central place in our home. It was obvious to us that we want it to not only have beautiful content but to also look good, traditional and artistic.


The Ketubah that Nehama made for us was exactly what we wanted. Without our needing to explainthings too much, she succeeded in creating something that was precisely to our taste, with a design that integrated tradition and original art work. The Ketubah is hanging on our wall in our living room and receives complements every time someone new comes to visit.


Udi and Osnat

Jerusalem, Israel

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