This Ketubah harvests harvests symbolism that holds deep significance, drawing upon the fertile iconography of Israel’s imagery vocabulary. It is the perfect for a couple that holds Eretz Yisrael tenderly in their hearts, wherever their home resides.
In the foreground, beneath the text resides a water colour still life composition featuring the 7 species of Israel (figs, dates, pomegranates, grapes, olives, wheat, barley), together with a lulav and etrog (both Israeli species associated with the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot) whose pairing together symbolizes the heart and soul.
Floating in the Heavens, silhouetted by a sunset skyscape, dripping in colour and shrouded by clouds rests Jerusalem – the eternal city, the city of God.
The presence of Jerusalem here recognizes its monumentality to the faith and history of the Jewish people, a notion heralded in Psalm 137:5 “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!”.
The lower background of the Kotel, the vestige of the holy temple and in turn the most sacred and holy site (currently accessible) in the Jewish world sits behind the art work as another echo of Jerusalem. Indeed the mourning and recollection of the Temple is so integrated into the wedding ceremony that glass is smashed by the groom to commemorate this destruction (even at happy affairs).
The bright, varied colour palette is a hymn to the beauty of love and immersion within it, whilst also celebrating the colour in the landscape, it’s nature, it’s produce and historical sites.
The hymn “אני לדודי ודודי לי – I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” (Song of Songs – Shir HaShirim 6:3), a romantic declaration written by King Solomon expresses the affinity between husband and wife, reflecting the intrinsic commitment, care and responsibility mutually undertaken by the couple in their voyage through life and into eternity. Here wrapping around Jerusalem gestures the shape of an enclosure to foreshadow the home that will be created and the union of the destined souls as one.
There is also an option to alternatively have the “אני לדודי ודודי לי – I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” Psalm running horizontally across two lines to the right of Jerusalem sitting above the text. Please indicate whether you want this Psalm in the straight line or curved Arc configuration (or neither).
Please also note the initials here אמ are merely place holders and will be varied according to the initials of each couple (if they desire their inclusion).