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Be Siman Tov u-be MazalGood fortune, luck, and the Hebrew sign of the Zodiac. Tov
With auspicious signs and a flow of wellbeing
In the name of YHVH the universal force
With the intention to serve the unification of the Holy Blessed One and the Divine Presence
With awe and love,
and in the name of all IsraelLit. ''the one who struggles with God.'' Israel means many things. It is first used with reference to Jacob, whose name is changed to Israel (Genesis 32:29), the one who struggles with God. Jacob's children, the Jewish people, become B'nai Israel, the children of Israel. The name also refers to the land of Israel and the State of Israel..
May the beauty of YHVH light our path so that all we do is inspired, and may all we do be for YHVH.
On the first day of the week, the first day of Tammuz in the year five thousand seven hundred and seventy one of the creation of the world as calculated by our community in Brookline, Massachusetts in the United States of America.
We witness the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy – enlarge your tent, spread out both right and left, as we see the realm of holiness expanding to include the coming together of women in holy matrimony, love and joy.
As we witnessed the bride _______, who said to her partner _______bat _______: “I want to marry you according to the practices of MosheThe quintessential Jewish leader who spoke face to face with God, unlike any other prophet, and who freed the people from Egypt, led them through the desert for forty years, and received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. His Hebrew name is Moshe. and the people of Israel, for you to be my companion and my partner. And I will serve and respect and sustain and support you in the manner of Jewish women of our times who serve and respect and sustain and support their spouses with integrity. And I will provide you with food and clothing and all that you need, and we will be intimate with each other.”
And we witnessed the bride _______bat _______ say to her partner _______bat _______: “I want to marry you according to the practices of Moshe and the people of Israel, for you to be my companion and my partner. And I will serve and respect and sustain and support you in the manner of the Jewish women of our times who serve and respect and sustain and support their spouses with integrity. And I will provide you with food and clothing and all that you need, and we will be intimate with each other.”
And the brides took it upon themselves to enter this partnership to establish their home together on a foundation of love, harmony, peace and friendship. And they committed to make the utmost effort to be ever attentive to each other, to rejoice together in times of happiness, to respond with patience in times of difficulty and pain, and to treat each other with forgiveness and compassion.
And the brides _______and _______accepted the conditions stipulated in this KetubahThe Jewish wedding contract. Traditionally, the ketubah protected the wife in marriage by spelling out the husband's obligations to her and guaranteeing her a financial settlement in case of divorce. Throughout the ages, ketubot (plural) have been illuminated and calligraphed, becoming significant as Jewish art. Today, all manner of egalitarian ketubot are written. Some dispense with the financial and legal aspects, focusing more on the emotional and spiritual sides of the relationship. Others maintain the rabbis' concern with the practical, but define mutual obligations for each spouse., agreeing that they will share ownership of all possessions that either brings into the marriage.
And if they ever want to separate they will do so with a getA writ of divorce. Traditionally, only a man can grant his wife a get. Liberal Jews have amended this tradition, making divorce more egalitarian. according to the practices of Moshe and the people of Israel, before a Bet-Din that they both accept. And the brides _______and _______accepted responsibility for everything stipulated in this marriage contract in accordance with the authority of all marriage contracts enacted by our sages of blessed memory. It should not be regarded as mere rhetoric or a standardized form.
We have performed the act which in Jewish practice makes this document binding on the part of _______bat _______to _______bat _______and on the part of _______bat _______, to _______bat _______ with an instrument fit for that purpose, in order to confirm all that is stated and specified above. It is all valid and confirmed.
Attested to _______________________ (witness)
Attested to _______________________ (witness)
And to further strengthen and confirm all of the above said we have also added our signatures: