|REVIVAL OF TRUTH OF CHRISTIAN MARRAIGE..."covenant we made with God"..."something greater brings a couple together"..."intended for each other"...|
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| .....A MARRAIGE TODAY IS COMMONLY
REPRESENTED AROUND THE PLANET EARTH BY
AND A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE OF THE
....A WITNESS, ORAL AND WRITTEN KUTABH
OF A BELIEF SYSTEM ....
ketubah which is an 18th
century Ketubah in Hebrew,
a Jewish marriage-contract outlining the duties of each partner.
"document"; pl. ketubot)
is a special type of
It is considered an integral part of a traditional
and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom, in relation
to the bride. Traditionally, the content of the
formalises the various requirements by
of a Jewish husband vis à
vis his wife (e.g.
often include an additional paragraph, called the
which stipulates that divorce will be adjudicated by a modern rabbinical
in order to prevent the creation of a
In Orthodox circles, prenuptial agreements are becoming more common as
well. In a traditional
Jewish wedding ceremony,
is signed by two witnesses and traditionally read out loud under the
Close family, friends or distant relatives are invited to witness the
ketubah, which is considered an honour. The witnesses must be
halakhically competent witnesses, and so cannot be a blood relative of
the couple. In
women are also not considered to be competent witnesses. The ketubah is
handed to the bride for safekeeping. The rabbis in ancient times
insisted on the marriage couple entering into the
as a protection for the wife. It acted as a replacement of the biblical
the price paid by the groom to the bride, or her parents, for the
marriage (i.e., the
became a mechanism whereby the amount due to the wife (the bride-price)
came to be paid in the event of the cessation of marriage, either by the
death of the husband or
are often hung prominently in the home by the married couple as a daily
reminder of their vows and responsibilities to each other. However, in
some communities, the ketubah is either displayed in a very private
section of the home or is not displayed at all. Various reasons given
for this include the fact that the details specify personal details,
prominent display may invite jealousy or fears of the
Historically, the ketubah specified whether the bride was a virgin. In
communities, it still specifies the actual contributions of the family
to the new household and the divorce settlement;
communities have adopted the custom of having set amounts for all
weddings. According to
spouses are prohibited from engaging in marital relations if the ketubah
has been destroyed, lost, or is otherwise unretrievable.
In such case a second ketubah is made up (called a Ketubah De'irketa,
which states in its opening phrase that it comes to substitute a
previous ketubah that has been lost.....You can enlighten yourself more
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trend in North America Christians and European
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husband-wife union in man-woman
marriage and the relationship of their
marriage to God through
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ABOUT HOW TODAYS
ARE REALIZING THE
ROOT OF CHRISTIANITY BIBLE FROM JEWS....
Jennifer Whitney for The New York
The AThe Austins see their ketubah
as a reminder of their covenant with God, a document more special than
an official license.
Jennifer Whitney for The New York
Mark and Sally Austin,
Christians in San Antonio, incorporated a ketubah, a Jewish marriage
contract, into their wedding.
In a San Antonio chapel last August, after reciting their wedding vows
and exchanging their rings, Sally and Mark Austin prepared to receive
communion for the first time as husband and wife. Just before they did,
their minister asked them to sign a document. It was a
traditional Jewish marriage contract.
Jennifer Whitney for The New York Times
Mark and Sally Austin, Christians in San Antonio, incorporated a ketubah,
a Jewish marriage contract, into their wedding.
Jennifer Whitney for The New York Times
The AThe Austins see their ketubah as a reminder of their covenant with God,
a document more special than an official license.
The Austins’ was not an interfaith marriage. Nor was their ceremony some
sort of multicultural mashup. Both Sally and Mark are evangelical
Christians, members of
Church, a nationally known megachurch.
They were using the ketubah as a way of affirming the Jewish roots of
In so doing, the Austins are part of a growing phenomenon of non-Jews
incorporating the ketubah, a document with millennia-old origins and a
rich artistic history, into their weddings. Mrs. Austin, in fact, first
learned about the ketubah from her older sister, also an evangelical
Christian, who had been married five years earlier with not only a
ketubah but the Judaic wedding canopy, the huppah.
“Embracing this Jewish tradition just brings a richness that we miss out
on sometimes as Christians when we don’t know the history,” said Mrs.
Austin, 28, a business manager for AT&T. “Jesus was Jewish, and we
appreciate his culture, where he came from.”
Beyond its specific basis in Judaism, the ketubah represented to the
Austins a broader concept of holiness, of consecration. “We wanted a
permanent reminder of the covenant we made with God,” Mrs. Austin said.
“We see this document superseding the marriage license of a state or a
Such sentiments have been reshaping the market for ketubot (the plural
in Hebrew) in the past decade. Michael Shapiro, an observant Jew from
Toronto who sells artistic ketubot through the Web site
said he had seen the non-Jewish share of his customers rise from zero to
about 10 percent. He is forming a spinoff site,
concentrates on non-Jewish consumers.
While evangelical Christians like the Austins make up part of that
niche, Mr. Shapiro said, the concept of marital sanctity they expressed
is one he hears from many gentile buyers.
“There’s an idea of this being significant and lasting, a nod to
something greater at work in a couple having come together,” he said in
a telephone interview. “For some, it’s about God and faith. For others,
it’s almost a sense of a miracle. In Jewish terms, we have the Yiddish
word bashert, for ‘meant to be, intended for each other.’ ”
The decade of non-Jews discovering the ketubah coincides with three
relevant social trends: the rise of Christian Zionism, the growth of
interfaith marriage, and the mainstreaming of the New Age movement with
its search for spirituality in multiple faith traditions.
As a result,
an increasing number of gentiles have taken up Judaic practices: holding
a Passover Seder, eating kosher food and studying kabbalah, the Jewish
“A lot of these things are grass-rootsy,” said
Prof. Jenna Weissman Joselit, a historian at
George Washington University, who has written
extensively on Jewish popular culture.
|“They have to do with the growing
popularity of intermarriage — openness, pluralism, cultural
improvisation. And for those who are more religiously literate, they add
another level of authenticity or legitimacy.”
What makes the ketubah boom among non-Jews more striking is that even
for Jews the present concept of a ketubah — simultaneously a work of
fine art and a religious document — took centuries to develop and
The earliest known version of a Jewish marriage contract dates to the
fifth century B.C. in Egypt. Roughly 1,000 years later, during the
Talmudic period in Palestine and Babylon, a formally codified version of
the ketubah emerged.
And in its original form, far from declaring marriage as an everlasting
bond, the ketubah largely served to protect a wife’s right to financial
support in the event of a divorce, which under traditional Jewish law is
entirely a husband’s decision.
To this day, the
standard Orthodox ketubah still contains language requiring a divorced man to pay his
ex-wife “200 silver zuz.”
Sephardic Jews, though, wrote ketubot with specific provisions for each
marriage. And, of more enduring aesthetic importance, they began to
illustrate the documents elaborately with images and calligraphy.
the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, refugees carried that artistic
tradition to Italy, Germany and Holland, where the decorative ketubah
began to seep into Ashkenazi culture.
But the style never reached into the Eastern European heartland of Jewry
— which itself was the source of most of America’s Jewish immigrants —
and by the mid-20th century the etubah was back to where it had started
as a document of religious law to be signed and stowed away.
All that suddenly changed with the “Jewish counterculture” of the 1960s,
a movement by young Jews to participate in worship actively rather than
just follow a rabbi, and to create their own prayers, liturgies,
ceremonies and ritual objects, very much including ketubot.
By now, the ketubah is such a standard part of American Jewish life that
even the new
National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia
exhibits and sells them. Next month the Jewish Museum in New York will
mount a major show of ketubot.
“You have an interest in a beautifying ritual and you have disposable
income,” said Sharon Liberman Mintz of the
Theological Seminary in New York, who is curating the Jewish Museum exhibit. “There’s both
the wherewithal and the interest. Now you’d hang your ketubah on the
wall. In the past, you’d just keep it in a safe or something like that.”
As for Sally and Mark Austin, they Googled their way to >
ketubahtree.com, selected a version with the image of a flowing river,
and chose one of several texts from the Reform Jewish movement. After
their wedding day, they hung it over their bed.
“One “One of the characteristics of a covenant,” as Mrs. Austin put it, “is a
tangible sign. And this piece of paper, this beautiful piece of art, is
the sign of our covenant.”
......AND NOW CONTINUE A
COMPARATIVE REALIZATION OF
WHAT AND HOW OF MARRIAGE
IN VARIOUS FAITH SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
AMONG HUMANITY TODAY....
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people
that creates kinship.
It is an institution
in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are
acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the
culture or subculture
in which it is found. Such a union, often formalized via a
wedding ceremony, may
also be called matrimony.
People marry for many reasons, including one or more of the
following: legal, social, emotional, economical, spiritual, and
religious. These might include arranged marriages, family obligations,
the legal establishment of a nuclear family unit, the legal protection
of children and public declaration of
The act of marriage usually creates
normative or legal
obligations between the individuals involved. In some societies these
obligations also extend to certain family members of the married
persons. In cultures that allow the dissolution of a marriage this is
known as divorce.
Marriage is usually recognized by the
state, a religious authority, or both. It is often viewed as a
marriage is the legal concept of marriage as a governmental institution
irrespective of religious affiliation, in accordance with
marriage laws of the jurisdiction. If recognized by the state, by
the religion(s) to which the parties belong or by society in general,
the act of marriage changes the personal and social status of the
individuals who enter into it.
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knowledge of the following topics about today's marriage concept...
.....AND NOW A LITTLE LAUGH ABOUT MARRIED LIFE
WHICH IN WESTERN LIFESTYLE
EVERYGODY WANTS IN THE FIRST INSTANCE
BUT WANTS TO RUN FROM AS SOON AS ONE CAN
OR HOW FOR
OR WHEN FOR....
....but then a lot of time humour can
what science of sociology and psychology cannot...
- Men want 3 qualities in wives: Economist in kitchen, artist in
home& devil in bed. But they get artist in kitchen, devil in home &
economist in Bed..
- They say that marriage makes a man dizzy, and it's true. As soon
as I got a wife, I lost my balance at the bank.
- Before marriage: Roses are red, sky is blue. U r beautiful, I
After marriage: Roses are dead, I'm blue. U r my headache, one day
you and I would want to kill....
- Why do couples hold hands during their wedding?
It's a formality just like two boxers shaking hands before the fight
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