The ketubah – Jewish wedding contract, is what it sounds like, a contract. Therefore, it is only befitting that it has rules and regulations, as to who can sign the contract.
Now, on a legal document, it’s pretty straightforward, anyone over 18 can sign a contract, but Judaism does have its own rules. Here’s what you need to know.
- The contract is signed by 2 witnesses.
- Each witness must be an adult male.
- Each witness must be sabbath observant.
- The witnesses may not be related to the bride or groom.
- The witnesses may not be related to one another.
- The witnesses should understand what they are signing on.
- The signatures should be in Hebrew.
- When one signs, they sign their name, son of their father’s name. (i.e. Isaac ben (the son of) Abraham)