The Rakefet Ketubah by Mickie Caspi features the Cyclamen, a herald of spring throughout the center and north of Israel. The quotes from the Song of Songs are enhanced by the beauty of these flowers, symbols of new beginnings. Fine gold foil accents glimmer like morning dew. The original artwork for the Rakefet Ketubah was created by Mickie using pen & ink and watercolor and then sent to Israel, where printed on archival lithographic paper.
For the B- Traditional Aramaic with Contemporary English (Orthodox) text, the two witnesses sign in both Hebrew & English.
Click on the Read Ketubah Texts link to read the texts as they appear on the Rakefet Ketubah. Mickie can also create a custom, original ketubah just for you in the style of the Rakefet Ketubah. Please contact Mickie via email or phone (1-800-538-8268). You can see samples of original ketubot (plural of ketubah) at her Etsy Shop or at Mickie’s Original Gallery.
Actual quotes from the Rakefet Ketubah
Marc Michael Epstein describes the Rakefet Ketubah and works by Mickie in general in his 2015 book, Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink (which offers the first full survey of Jewish illuminated manuscripts, ranging from their origins in the Middle Ages to the present day), thusly:
“Examples by American artist… Mickie Caspi are among the best and brightest examples of motifs often found in ketubot from the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Lush vegetation is the most common feature, and flowers, leaves and branches often frame the central text. In the Caspi ketubah, the rakefet, or cyclamen, a particularly delicate delicately arching flower, betokens modesty, beauty and grace. Alongside this image from the natural world, which specifically evokes the Israeli landscape, where the rakefet (designated the national flower of Israel) blooms throughout the center and north of the country from December to early May. Caspi quotes from Scripture – particularly and appropriately from the Song of Songs – about commitment and love between the couple that will, one hopes, radiate outward in their home, in the community, and in the world…”
Epstein, Marc Michael (Editor) Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts (2015); p241-243 Rakefet Ketubah by Mickie Caspi. Princeton University Press (2015). ISBN 978-0300135534.
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