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signing the ketubah

it's a jewish marriage contract in which my spouse promises me zuzims if we part. we chose secular language, but decided to retain the traditional Aramaic text instead of the Hebrew because when ketubahs were adopted, Aramaic was the vernacular and language of such marriage contracts. We wanted to show the historical difference between the ancient past and our secular, multicultural contemporary. The ketubah features the following custom text in English:


On the twenty-first day of the month of Av, in the year 5770 of the Jewish calendar, corresponding to the first day of the month of August, in the year two thousand and ten of the secular calendar as recorded in the city of Oakland in the state of California, Juno and Noah entered into this Covenant of Marriage. We pledge to each other our mutual trust and respect. We will offer support and encouragement for personal growth and the fulfillment of our shared dreams. Together, we shall create a home filled with learning, laughter and compassion. We will be open, honest, loyal and devoted to one another. We promise to be faithful friends, companions and life partners. We will comfort one another through life’s sorrows and together we will celebrate life’s joys. We shall honor each other’s individual needs, and cherish and love one another throughout our life together.


Our ketubah is from MP Artworks:

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Taken on August 1, 2010