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Is a Humanist Text still technically a Ketubah?

Humanist English  only What is a ketubah? Technically, it is a 2,000 year old document that is a pre-nuptial agreement laying out the responsibilities of the bride and groom entering the marriage. The ketubah was intended to protect the Jewish woman at a time when women had no rights on their own. It protected the wife in case of the husband’s untimely death or in cases where a man decided to ‘discard’ his wife or dissolve the marriage. The ketubah was a legal document written in Aramaic, the vernacular at the time it was developed. It was written in Aramaic rather than Hebrew, to make sure that everyone reading the document could understand what it said.

Any modern text, be it a Reform Egalitarian, Interfaith or our Secular Humanist, is not necessarily a pre-nuptial agreement, rather it is a couple’s statement of love and commitment to each other using the traditional form of a ketubah. So if you ask an Orthodox rabbi, he would probably tell you that only the Orthodox text qualifies as an actual ketubah. If you ask a Conservative rabbi, you might hear that the Orthodox text is out of date and that you need the Lieberman Clause added to your text to protect the wife against abandonment. But if you are a modern, reform, secular or unaffiliated Jew getting married in 2015 America, than the secular humanist text is a ketubah as well.

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1 thought on “Is a Humanist Text still technically a Ketubah?

  1. As a secular humanist, I think it’s f wonderful that you provide a ketubah for folks like me.
    However … given my advanced age … I’m afraid that I don’t and won’t need one.

    I don’t usually look at Facebook and am not technologically skilled, but I was happy to find this … Caspicards …. and know that you’re still doing art …. a family tradition.
    I lost track of all of you MANY years ago and have lived in Guatemala for almost 23 years. Sort of “out of the loop” ….
    but many folks come here in the winter.
    If you’re looking for a lovely winter “time-out” … THIS IS THE PLACE. (lots of websites to see my adopted town, Antigua Guatemala, built in 1542.

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