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From Dinonline.org: The Question: If someone is lo aleinu sick and adds a name to his existing name does he have to have written a new Kasubah? Answer: The Iggros Moshe (Choshen Mishpat 2:70:2) writes that if a person is not called by his new name, one does not write a new kesubah after a name was added due to illness. This is also the ...


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See this article by Rabbis Michael Broyde and Yonah Reiss. We normally write a Ketubah in terms of "zuz" plus "zekukim." As a very brief summary, R' Moshe Feinstein puts the total at 100 lbs of silver, which in 2002 (when the article was written) would be about $10,000. The authors then note it's very possible that according to R' Moshe Feinstein, if one ...


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I'm not sure if I understood this correctly, feel free to point put any mistakes. The Yad Eliyahu, after much back and forth, seems to say that: The reason for a monetary obligation is, as the Rambam (Hilchot Ishut 10:7) says, in order to make sure that it should not be of little import for a man to kick his wife out of the house. The Rabbis agreed that ...


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The form 'כְּתוּבָה' certainly exists, as you state; it is the passive participle of the root כתב, and means "written", as in: "נבואתו כתובה על הקיר" = "his prophecy is written on the wall". However, this is not the same as the noun which designates a "marriage contract". Although there are exceptions, for the most part nouns with specific meanings are not ...


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The document itself is given to the husband to prove that he actually paid the כתובה. He can dispose of it however he desires. Or alternatively, she gives him a שובר (a receipt) documenting that he actually paid her, and she can do with the כתובה whatever she pleases.


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No. The Rambam writes (Ishus 10:6[7]): וחכמים הם שתיקנו כתובה לאישה, כדי שלא תהיה קלה בעיניו להוציאה The sages are the ones who established a Kesuba for a wife, in order that he should not regard it as easy to divorce her. He also doesn't list the requirement of Kesuba in Sefer HaMitzvos as the Mitzvah of Kiddushin. As to why he terms it that ...


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It is prohibited for a man to live with his wife without ketubah. This is so even when there had been one that was lost or destroyed, such a situation requires another ketubah to be prepared prior to continuing to live together as man and wife (Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 66:3). That a couple had been together without a Ketubah does not obviate the need, ...


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Quick answer: Yes and no. Any religious or doctrinal aspects of a kesubah itself cannot be enforced under American laws because of Constitutional issues involving the free exercise and establishment clauses to the First Amendment. However, courts have and can enforce strictly secular sections of kesubahs or separate secular agreements between a Jewish ...


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A kesubah is a shtar -- a binding legal document under Jewish law -- and must meet the criteria required of all shtars. If a kesubah is found to have a mistake, it can be corrected with a kesubah dimishtakich bei ta’usa, a kesubah in which a mistake was found, that is used in these circumstances and signed by witnesses. See ...


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For starters: in Ashkenazic custom (which I think the questioner was assuming), the kesubah has already been signed (i.e. executed) before the chupah, so the reading is nothing more than a pause between parts of the ceremony. It's accomplishing nothing of a halachic nature any more than reading the latest stock numbers would be, hence many rabbis have been ...


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'3. Is easy, mi shebeirachs are done with the mother's name. '1. If he goes by a particular name you can often stick with it, but if he didn't have one, or if you're dealing with legal documents ... '2. The Rabbinical Council of America handbook for rabbis says to use "so-and-so the son of [mother's name]." I spoke with one seasoned rabbi who said he's ...


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This is an excellent question that is best asked to your local Orthodox rabbi. 1 One important aspect of the question, which should not be minimized, is the public humiliation to the bride, who will be mortified that her lack of virginity will be revealed to her friends and family. Chazal say (Berachot 43b) about embarrassing someone in public that it ...


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The RCA Madrich (rabbi's handbook) by Rabbi Benjamin Bulka has it vowelized.


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https://archive.org/details/ReadingKesubah has an mp3 audio recording of it.


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The Aruch Hashulchan writes that one is allowed to write spare contracts. He says that we don't say that it looks like a lie (the scribe writes that someone borrowed money before it happened) unless there are witnesses signed there. However, he says that some say not to write the last part of the contract (the Toref). This is usually taken care of by not ...


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According to the Raavad(Hilchos Isurei Biah 11:10) there was no kesubah or marriage rather it was a setting aside which would be considered pas bsalo and there was no yichud as well. ואם נשאת לת"ח וכו': כתב הראב"ד ז"ל מה שחילק זה בין ת"ח לשאר בני אדם הוציא אותו ממה שאמרו כי מיקלע רב נחמן לשכנציב הוה אמר מאן הויא ליומא ואקשו עליה מדרבא תבעוה לינשא ונתפייסה ...


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There is a long history of creating beautiful ketubot that were displayed. I can only think of two issues where displaying it on a wall in the house could cause real problems: The safekeeping of a ketubah is of extreme importance. The ketubah is required in the case of a couple ending a marriage, and so should always be in the safekeeping of the wife. ...


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The presence or absence of a ketuba in an otherwise valid marriage has no effect on the validity of kiddushin. As such, it would be kiddushin she’einah re’uyah le’biah (marriage that cannot be consummated). The only reason such a marriage should not be consummated is a Tannaitic stringency of R' Meir in Ketubot (5th chapter). However, they are just as ...


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To intentionally read the Ketubah errantly is problematic. Our modern custom of reading the Ketubah comes from two primary halakhot in the Shulhan Arukh: Choshen Mishpat 45:2 2 If the Head of the Beis Din is familiar generally with the document, and his personal scribe who he trusts and who fears him reads it to him, he may sign the Shtar without ...


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You're asking about six different questions. The main thrust is answered here. I think everyone involved needs to know that there will be a some bare minimum, as determined by a beis din, that he would have to pay upon death or divorce if she doesn't waive it; I don't think there's any need for further information on anyone's part. Rabbi Reiss has stated a ...


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My understanding is that if you're moving there (or in the process of moving there and filling out paperwork), it helps to have a giant ton of documentation so the ketubah may be helpful. If you're just a family doing the tourist thing there for a few days, I can't see why a ketubah would be required, or even helpful. Best to leave it someplace self. There ...


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Chabad have an article on what the ketubah says. The focal point of the document is the financial compensation due to the wife in the event of the marriage's dissolution through divorce or widowhood. The ketubah even includes provisions which place liens on the husband's different assets. When a Jewish man marries a Jewish woman he ...


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Rabbi Mordechai Shutchatowitz in Baltimore, Md may be a good person to contact. He has written a sefer on some halachos related to people who are deaf here: http://hebrewbooks.org/37042 His contact information is here: http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=37042&st=&pgnum=2 http://www.associated.org/IR/community-directory.aspx?id=12760 Some ...


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If this question is relevant to you, consult your rabbi. (Indeed, if it's relevant to you, then you're getting married — mazal tov! — and should have someone officiating your wedding who knows the main rules, knows how to find out the other rules, and will be able to answer this question for you.) But for background information, here's a source: ...


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Firstly, Judaism makes it quite clear that we do not blame the victim of a rape: "as for the young woman [who was raped], don't do anything to her. This crime is just like if if one man jumped up and murdered another [you wouldn't blame the victim] -- [we assume] the woman screamed out, but no one was there to save her." (Deut. 22:25) Thus the appropriate ...


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The ketubah is merely a prenuptial agreement and once the husband has paid what he promised it is an expired document which the husband can throw away or burn.


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A challal gives a kesuba that doesn't mention kehuna at all. This chassan was a challal and his wife a bas-levi: His father was a kohen: (Challal: the son of a challal and a Jewess or of a kohen and devorcee/zona/challala. Zona: was intimate with someone unable to marry her halachically. Challala: daughter of any of the above unions. Notice that the ...



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