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If someone becomes gravely ill and their name is changed in Shul, is their name also changed on their Kesubah?

A source: https://outorah.org/p/119405/ When someone becomes gravely ill and their name is changed in order to aid in their refuah, is their name also altered on their Kesubah?
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Using a predated ketubah at a wedding ceremony

In Halacha, is it permissible to use written and signed ketubah that predates the actual wedding ceremony? So basically, the ketubah is written and signed like a day or so earlier than the actual ...
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If someone lost a ketubah, are they obligated to replace it

According to Halacha, if a Jewish married couple has a Ketubah and they lost it, are they obligated to have it replaced with another Ketubah or no? Is it considered like an obligation to have ...
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Questions about marriage, life, Judaism as a BT who grew up reform? [closed]

I Grew up as a reform Jew but I became more religious my parents were never married and don't have a Ketubah. I also do not have ketubah for my grandparents, what will happen how can I get married? ...
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Orthodox Lieberman clause

Have there been any Orthodox Rabbis who recognize the Saul Lieberman clause in a Ketubah or something similar to it? I understand originally there was working together between Joseph B. Soloveitchik ...
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Spelling mismatch between ketubah and gett

Without going into the whole Gantsah Geshichta, my sister is trying to convince me of the critical importance of the spelling of a person's name. She points to a local Rabbi who is an "expert in ...
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Translating Name on Kesubah [closed]

Does anyone know the meaning/origin of the female name "וועלער," which I found in an old kesubah?
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Is a ketubah valid without agreement on value of zuz/zekukim?

I would have thought that a contract is only valid if both parties agree on the definitions of the terms mentioned, especially when it comes to specifying how much money is at stake. That said, as ...
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Four witnesses on ketubah?

So my fiancé and I trying to have a more feminist orthodox wedding, and one thing we’ve heard is that (among other things) we can be more inclusive on the ketubah by having 2 halachic male signatures ...
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What can a husband do halachically if his wife steals money from him?

Suppose a wife takes a significant amount of money from her husband without his knowledge. Or perhaps, she transfers an asset into her name, without him knowing. Or in another case, she misleads him ...
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What rights does a husband have over his wife?

I just wish to know the opinions of the Sages or what the Halacha is. What are the rights a man has over his wife?
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Replacement kesubah but the father had a name change

I heard an interesting question but didn't hear the answer. There are laws about what to do when someone loses their Kesubah. They write something new called a kesubah d'irkesa, which is a document ...
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I need to know if it is the ketuvah of my parents, what does it say? Dates, names, etc

I have to travel to Israel and they ask me for a marriage certificate from my parents or grandparents I have this document but I don't know if it is and I don't have anyone who can translate it for me,...
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Unisex names on a ketubah

In Israel there are many names that are unisex; used for both men and women. What is the halacha regarding using a traditionally boys name for a girl and vice versa with regards to writing those names ...
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Conditional divorce and the ketubah

According to Mishna 7:5 of Masechet Gittin, if a man gives a woman a divorce on condition that she give him 200 zuz, she is divorced and must give it to him. But this seems to make the ketubah useless ...
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What does it mean practically that every kesuba has strife?

The Gemara Shabbos (130a) says וְכׇל מִצְוָה שֶׁקִּבְּלוּ עֲלֵיהֶם בִּקְטָטָה, כְּגוֹן עֲרָיוֹת, דִּכְתִיב: ״וַיִּשְׁמַע מֹשֶׁה אֶת הָעָם בּוֹכֶה לְמִשְׁפְּחוֹתָיו״, עַל עִסְקֵי מִשְׁפְּחוֹתָיו — ...
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Must one be a rabbi to officiate a Jewish wedding? [duplicate]

I understand that a Jewish wedding primarily requires a ketubah and two witnesses (and, obviously, the bride and groom). In that case, are the witnesses (and not necessarily the rabbi) the "officiants,...
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Origins of the standard Ketubah text we use today

Maseches Ketubot deals all about the laws related to the Ketubah, and these laws (ex: the amount of money, obligations) are codified in the Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer simanim 66-118. However, while ...
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Number of times the names of the husband & wife appear on the Ketubah

From a few Ketubot that I've seen, it seems that the husband's name is written 6x and the wife's name is written 3x. Is there a specific number of times a husband's and wife's names should appear on ...
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Halachic spelling of last names

What sources are there for learning how to spell last names in Hebrew? Especially, or halachic documents like kesubos, gittin, etc.
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Nowadays, do we write "besulah" & "200 zuz" in the ketubah for every woman's first marriage?

I remember once hearing that even though the mishnah & gemara in Maseches Ketubah state that a besulah/ virgin maiden gets 200 zuz for a ketubah (and a a be'ulah/non-virgin maiden gets 100 zuz)-- ...
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Can a Ketubah not mention monetary obligations?

While researching this question, I've bumped on Ketubah.com site that offers copies of Ketubahs of the Reform and Conservative branches in Judaism. This is a sample text of a Reform Ketubah: On ...
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Can one sign as a witness on a Conservative/ Reform Ketubah?

Was at a Conservative friend's house the other day, and noticed the Ketubah from their wedding on their wall. I went to look at it and saw 4 witnesses had signed it: 2 men & 2 women. If an ...
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Does "ta'anas besulim" (claims of virginity) exist nowadays?

The first few perakim of Maseches Kesuvos deal extensively with ta'anas besulim (claims of virginity). As this doesn't require the Beis Hamikdash to be around, and-- since it's a monetary matter-- ...
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Why doesn't the chatan sign the ketubah?

Perhaps, I may not completely understand the purpose of the ketubah in terms of it being a halachic legal document or a "shtar*. Aren't all legal documents supposed to be signed by the person drafting ...
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How to check if a Ketubah is genuine

Recently I was discussing with a friend the uses of one's parents' ketubah in everyday life. Obviously one of the main uses of a ketubah is proving one's Jewish status in order to join a Jewish ...
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What does it mean "...idleness leads to Shiamum"?

Mishnah Ketubot 5:5: רַבָּן שִׁמְעוֹן בֶּן גַּמְלִיאֵל אוֹמֵר, אַף הַמַּדִּיר אֶת אִשְׁתּוֹ מִלַּעֲשׂוֹת מְלָאכָה, יוֹצִיא וְיִתֵּן כְּתֻבָּתָהּ, שֶׁהַבַּטָּלָה מְבִיאָה לִידֵי שִׁעֲמוּם: ......
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Kesubah with vowels [duplicate]

I have been asked to read the kesubah at a wedding in two days. Can someone point me to a copy of the kesubah WITH vowels (preferably online)?
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Is it required to read the Ketubah under the Chuppah?

Is it Halachicly required to read the ketubah aloud under the chuppah? Or, provided that it has been properly witnessed, is it sufficient to simply give the bride the text. I am thinking of a ...
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If the Kesubah was read immediately following the birkas eirusin, before the kedushin took place, must the bracha be repeated?

If, at a wedding, the Kesubah (marriage contract) was read immediately following the birkas eirusin, before the kedushin took place, must the bracha be repeated, because of the hefsek (interruption) ...
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If the signatures of the witnesses and names filled in on a kesuva fade is it still kosher?

If the signatures of the witnesses and names filled in on a kesuva fade is it still kosher? What if it is to the point that one can’t read anything anymore? Can this be corrected?
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Can a man purchase the wife off a husband?

Marriage in Judaism is technically a purchase of a woman with at least two witnesses. So, I was wondering if it's technically possible for man A to negotiate the purchase of the wife of man B (to then ...
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Can anyone warn a man's wife to give her the status of a sotah?

In the Mishna, Sotah 4:5 (and Bavli 27a) it explains that in certain situations Beit Din may warn a woman not to be secluded with a man and this warning carries the legal status of kinuy such that if ...
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what happens to documents when name change [duplicate]

if someone changed a name, (got a Jewish name, added a name to his name...) what happens to his/her document for example kesubah, does he need a new kesuba, or the old one is good how about if ...
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can a very poor Jew have relations with his wife?

i see that relations are forbidden if their is no Kesuba and i understand that a Kesuba is a lien on the property of the husband theoretically, can a husband have relations with his wife if he has ...
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How do I get a Ketubah of my greatfathers who lived in Turkey?

How do I get a Ketubah of my greatfathers who lived in Turkey? My greatfathers were Turkish jews from the time of the Ottoman empire, I have their names and more information like birthday, parents, ...
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what can be done for a person to get married that doesn't have their parents kesuba?

theoretical scenario... a baal teshuva (someone not raised observant who later in life became observant) wants to get married. he doesn't have a copy of his parents kesuba. What bothers me ...
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Kesubah when wife predeceases

Why is there no kesubah payment when the wife dies first. Is it because it does not apply or is it because the husband is the only heir of his wife and he, therefore, inherits all her assets ...
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Can one use a different date system at the beginning of the Ketubah?

The following is an excerpt in English translation from the beginning of a traditional Orthodox and Conservative ketubah taken from this site: On the ______day of the week, the _________day of the ...
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Does NY state hold that a ketuba is a marriage license?

Does NY state hold that a ketuba is a marriage license?
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Where can I translate and validate as true a Spanish Sephardic Ketubah?

I have a Ketubah from my grandparent's wedding in Aleppo that needs to be translated and validated as a true Sephardic/Spanish Ketubah. Where can I have this done?
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Should the groom say what the ketuba says he says? If not, are the witnesses that sign it lying?

Should the groom SAY the statement in the kesuba to his bride on the day the kesuba is being written? the statement in the kesuba On the day .... the bridegroom ... said to this [...] daughter of [...
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Must a ketubah be rewritten if, many years later, the date is discovered to be wrong?

Theoretical, perhaps: On their 25th wedding anniversary, a couple makes a big celebration, and displays their framed ketubah in the party hall. Someone notices the date on the ketubah and remarks to ...
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May a Ketubah be vowelized?

Here is a source where the ketubah is vowelized. Would a vowelized ketubah be halachically valid?
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Meaning and usage of different names for Sunday [duplicate]

At the end of davening, when we introduce the daily psalm, for Sunday, we use the term - יום ראשוז בשבת - The first day in the week. (I'm translating the word שבת as "week", here. It's a ...
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Explain halachic purposes of parts of Jewish marriage

I am trying to understand the purposes of these parts of the Jewish wedding: Tana'im (Some document is read and the 2 moms break a plate) ketubah kiddushin (chatan places ring on kalah's finger) ...
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Why do the witnesses who sign the Ketubah sign it before the chuppah?

I am assuming that the two witnesses who sign the Ketubah are witnessing the actual wedding ceremony. At every wedding that I have attended, including my own, the witnesses signed the Ketubah before ...
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Living Trust in Hebrew

For the purpose of a kethubah the groom is writing that the living trust that is in the bride's name shall remain her property. But i don't know how to render "living trust" in Hebrew. Does anyone ...
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Witnesses and the Ketubah

I heard from a chief rabbi of an Israeli city, who was officiating at a wedding I was at, that a Ketubah must be signed by two witnesses who are shomer mitzvos. What is the legal definition of this ...
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Convert in Ketubah

In a ketubah, there are 3 different categories for the woman's status. Virgin, Convert, and woman. Usually one of those statuses is represented on the ketubah, with the appropriate amount in zuzim. ...
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