The Ketubah

A Ketubah
Newly married couple signs a ketubah, a Jewish marriage contract. Keith Goldstein/Getty Images

The Hebrew marriage contract dating back to ancient times is called the Ketubah. The Ketubah is usually printed in a very beautiful, artistic, and creative way as a keepsake document for the bride and groom and an heirloom to pass on. Many couples choose to have their ketubah framed.

Literal Translation of Ketubah

The literal translation of ketubah is "it is written." The Ketubah, dating back 2000 years, is one of the first legal documents giving financial and legal rights to women.

Content of a Ketubah

Most of the ketubah texts today reflect on a couple's commitment to love and honor one another, and their respect for one another. The content of a ketubah generally also includes the date and place of the wedding, the names of the bride and groom, and their fathers' names.

Traditional ketubahs also discussed the trousseau and other financial aspects of the marriage. 

Alternate Terms and Spellings

A ketubah may also be referred to as a Hebrew marriage contract or Jewish marriage contract. Alternate spellings include ketuba, kettubah, katuba, katubah. Plural spellings include ketubot, ketubbot and ketubahs.