Choosing Your Ketubah Text

If you are asking yourselves “Just how do we pick a text for ketubah?”, then this may help to set you off on the right foot. There is an abundance of options to choose from out there and we, too, offer a wide range of texts for ketubah. But, before you knock yourselves out, you should consult your rabbi. Many rabbis and officiants have specific wording that they require or prefer. So, prior to setting your hearts on a particular option, make sure you have an OK or, at least, some guidance from the rabbi, who will be performing your wedding ceremony (Be it Conservative, Orthodox, Reform or…).

The Aramaic Orthodox ketubah text is, in both word and meaning, very much as it was centuries ago. There is a standardized Orthodox text approved by the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA). However, there may be words or a particular spelling of words (or names) that your rabbi considers to be necessary for the text of your ketubah. No worries; we can accommodate these requests. Today, many Modern Orthodox rabbis are open, in addition to the Aramaic text, to an English codicil (not the translation of the Aramaic) that expresses the mutual vows and aspirations of the couple. So, definitely consult with your rabbi.

The Conservative ketubah text is a traditional Aramaic ketubah text that includes the Lieberman clause. This clause embedded in the Aramaic text aims to prevent the proliferation of agunot. Most Conservative rabbis will request this, but once again, speak with your rabbi about the text. We have the Conservative ketubah content (Aramaic) with several options for an English addendum, articulating the more personal hopes and intentions of the bride and groom.

Reform ketubah texts range from the more traditional (but egalitarian) to more modern texts. The Reform texts are written in Hebrew with translations to English. If you are having a Reform marriage ceremony, you will have more leeway in choosing your text. Still, have we said this before? Speak to your rabbi /officiant, because a ketubah text surprise (!) is the last thing you want on your wedding day.

In addition to the above, we offer many other text variations for ketubah suitable for Modern-Egalitarian, Human Secular, Intermarriage, Same-sex and Anniversary ceremonies. We think you will find a text, here, that will suit you perfectly. Need a custom text, let us know.

Any questions? Contact us and we will be happy to help.

If you need a specific text or have written your own commitment vows, please contact us. We will be happy to accommodate our client’s request (there may be an additional charge), if the time frame permits. Please send us your custom text in Word Document.