Give Your Ketubah VIPs Time to Track Down their Hebrew Names

Illustrated ketubah
Will the people who sign your marriage ketubah use their English or Hebrew names? It’s worth thinking about before everyone takes pen in hand on your wedding day. If it’s Hebrew, keep in mind that not everyone knows their Hebrew name off hand. They might need to pull out their bar or bat mizvah records or check with someone in the family. They’ll also need their father’s Hebrew name and, in some egalitarian communities, their mother’s name as well. Don’t forget to give your ketubah VIPs the time they might need to track down the info.

Find a lot of great info about signing the ketubah from the author of The Everything Jewish Wedding Book, Rabbi Hyim Shafner, here.

And here’s The Jewish Wedding Ceremony, Step by Step.

(Image: Illustrated ketubah dated pre-1911 from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University {PD-1923} via Wikimedia Commons)

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