At Crone’s Custom Woodworking, we pride ourselves in the diversity and knowledge of being able to offer many types of different frames for many occasions, religions, and preferences. One of the unique ways to utilize a custom oval frame is for the Ketubah.
A ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract. Kind of like a prenup but it is only “law” in Israel. If done in the US, it merely holds traditional value. A Ketubah is considered to be an integral part of the traditional Jewish wedding. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom, in relation to the bride.
Originally the Ketubah was enacted by Simeon ben Shetach as an added measure to protect the wife before the groom were to ever immediately resort to a divorce. In the traditional wedding ceremony, the Ketubah is signed by two witnesses and read out loud with friends and relatives present. Close relatives and women are not to be the witnesses for the Ketubah, and after it is signed and read out loud, it is then handed to the bride for safe keeping.
For display, Ketubot are often hung in the home by the married couple as a daily reminder of their vows and responsibilities to each other. But in some cases, it is hung in a more private part of the home due to various personal reasons. One example is that historically the ketubot would display whether the bride was a virgin or not.
According to Jewish law, spouses are prohibited from living together if the ketubah has been destroyed or lost. In such a case, a second Ketubah is written up, called a “Ketubah De’irkesa”, which starts out in the opening phrase referring that it is a substitute from the original Ketubah that had been lost.
The format of many Ketubot almost have an oval shape to them. Although there are many formats, the most common type seems to fit best in an oval frame.
There are many frames to choose from that would fit wherever you are wanting to display your own Ketubah. To get started on what size you might need, you would need to measure your Ketubah by height and width. From there, you could decide on if you wanted a custom carved design on the actual frame or not (if you are utilizing wood as the material). Then decide on if you wanted the frame painted/stained or not, and how thin or thick you might want the frame as well.
Literally, whatever your heart desires for a frame, we can most likely do. We love this business, and we love the opportunities we get to create frames that fit traditional and meaningful pieces such as the Ketubot. It would mean the world to us, if you gave us that opportunity to make your Ketubah as amazing as it can look with a frame that compliments it in every single way.
Give us a call today for a free estimate on your new frame to behold your beautiful Ketubah. 417-759-9091