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Questions pertaining to the ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) that outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom to the bride.

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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 valid ...
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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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Process for a rebellious wife?

In the talmud the Rabbis discuss a "rebellious wife" who refuses to sleep with her husband. The husband is given recourse to deduct from her ketubah (marriage contract). This is discussed in tractate ...
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Why is the kallah's home referred to as beit nashe?

In certain ketubot I've seen the home of the kallah is referred to as Beit nashe, meaning the house of forgetting. What is the reason for referring to the kallah's home that way?
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Where can I find a transliteration of the ketubah text? [duplicate]

Is there a transliteration of the ketubah text anywhere? My Aramaic is a little rusty. Thanks so much!
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May one hang Torah passages or ketubah in the marital bedroom?

I understand that one is not supposed to store holy books in one's marital bedroom, unless they are covered. I gather that this is due to the fact that marital relations occur there, and there is a ...
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Is Ketubah a biblical obligation accd to Rambam?

The Rambam, before starting Hilchos Ishus writes הלכות אישות. יש בכללן ארבע מצות, שתי מצות עשה, ושתי מצות לא תעשה. וזה הוא פרטן:‏ .א: לישא אשה בכתובה וקידושין Does the Rambam hold that ...
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Pronunciation of Ketuba text

Can anyone recommend a source for the text of the Ketuba including nekudot, a transliteration, or a recording that could be used as a guide for pronunciation?
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Is there someone who can explain a rare ketubah written for the deaf?

I recently located a copy of my parents' ketubah. My parents were both deaf. I noticed some phrasing in the ketubah that is significantly differnt from the standard. For example, it uses the term "...
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Names in kesuba and gittin

The name a person is given at birth has no real relevance, it all depends on what he is called at the moment. One can change ones name as often as one likes (but not one's fathers). Today when women ...
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When transliterating a name for the Ketubah, can the letters י and ה be written together?

Specifically, the name in this case is Natalya. Is it considered appropriate to spell it as נטליה, which seems like the most correct transliteration? As a child in a yeshiva, I had teachers who ...
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Name changed due to illness - Does this necessitate a new Kesuba?

A man or a lady were ill and a name was added to their previous name. Would there be a need to write a new Kesuba? Is the Halacha the same by a man who has an added name as by a woman who has an added ...
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Does repentance remove effects of prior sexual assault?

Within the Laws of marriage in the Religious world, if someone was to be sexually abused or assaulted, however has done and experience properly the 5 stages of appropriate and acceptable Teshuvah does ...
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What do you do with a ketubah document following a divorce?

What is the preferred handling of a ketubah following a divorce? It seems wrong to just throw it away. Should it be buried? Is it permissible to burn it?
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naming convention for a Jew with a non-Jewish father?

If a Jew has a non-Jewish father and a Jewish mother, how is he or she: Called up to the Torah, Mentioned in legal documents, such as ketubot, and Mentioned for healing in mi shebeirach? Does any of ...
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How to vowelize “כתובה” (“marriage document”)?

The promissory note a husband gives his wife when they wed is called a כתובה. In my experience, people usually pronounce/vowelize this word "כְּתֻבָּה / k'suba". Such a form (mishkal) exists in ...
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Travel and ketubah

We are planning to travel to Israel for the first time as a family, B"H. Do we need to bring our ketubah with us? (I realize that this is probably a question for my Rav, but I am curious what the ...
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What does a Kohen write on his Kasubah (a “regular” kohen and a case of a challal?)

Normally when a Kohen who still has his regular Kohen status gets married what do we write on his Kasubah? Ploni HaKohen ben Ploni HaKohen or Ploni ben Ploni HaKohen As well in the case of someone ...
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Structure and form of the ketubah

Where can I find a list of requirements for a ketubah (what it needs say, how it needs to be phrased, and - most importantly - what invalidates it from being a kosher ketubah)?