Jewish Marriages

The Forward publication has an article under culture about a new exhibit showing how Jewish marriage evolved- from 12th century -century Egypt to modern-day America. “To Build a New Home: Celebrating the Jewish Wedding” It is the first show in the Jewish Theological Seminary’s library new gallery with rare ketubbot from different centuries and continents:” from 17th and 18th century Italy; a 13th-century French religious compendium outlining marriage rituals and including a bawdy wedding poem; a fragment from a 12th-century prenuptial agreement affirming the right of the groom’s mother-in-law to live with the married couple; and from the modern era, a ketubbot making it possible for Jewish women to initiate a religious divorce.” The JTS weblink for the exhibit is:

The exhibit is available from May 18-August 14, 2022.

Ketubots are a genealogical resource with names of parents of the bride and groom and much more. It deals with a variety of marital responsibilities-it describes the grooms rights and responsibilities towards the bride.

To read the Forward article see:

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Information on visiting the exhibit and about the exhibit is available at:

The JTS is located at: 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City

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