Subject - Ketubbot





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Jewish prenuptial agreement.

A ketubah, which literally means "scripture" (in plural, ketubbot), contains the promise of a marriage according to the requirements of the jewish traditions.

Usually, it combines hebrew and aramic texts, using pre-established formulas. It specifies the terms of the agreement, in particular those of economic nature that affect the bride, such as payment for virginity, compensation in case of widowhood, divorce and the properties contributed by her familiy as a dowry. Also, it includes the obligations of the husband.

Traditionally, the ketubah is read during the ceremony, after the declaration of marriage.

This type of document can be decotared according to local motives. In the spanish case, the few ketubah preseved that are previous to the jewish expulsion in 1492 come from the Kingdoms of Aragón and Navarra, and very few castilian documents exist today.


Represa Rodríguez, Amando. Una carta de esponsales y otras prescripciones sobre el matrimonio entre judíos y conversos castellanos. Amando Represa. Ciudad Real: Instituto de Estudios Manchegos,  1987. P. 34-39.

Lacave Riaño, José Luis. Medieval ketubot from Sefarad. by José Luis Lacave ; [translated from the Spanish by Eliahu Green]. Jerusalem: Hebrew University Magnes Press. 268 p., [31] p. de lám.. ISBN: 965-493-136-2.

Muñoz Solla, Ricardo. Dos ketubbot castellanas y otro fragmento hebreo del Archivo de la Real Chancillería de Valladolid. En: Sefarad. 2014. vol 74, julio- diciembre. p. 343-368.

Davidovitch, David. The Ketuba : Jewish marriage contracts through the ages. Tel-Aviv: E. Lewin- Epstein Ltd.,  1968.

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