“For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land…a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates”
– (Deuteronomy 8:7-8).
With a wedding on the cusp of Rosh Hashanah, this Ketubah harnesses the motif the pomegranates (which share strong linkages with Rosh Hashanah) to symbolize Israel and a lifetime abundant in mitzvot, happiness and good health.
This thematic synthesis between Rosh Hashanah and the beginning of married life provided an opportunity to harness pomegranates as signifiers denoting the weddings placement in the Jewish Calendar, specifically the Jewish New Year – when Ha Melech Basader (the king is in the field).
Pomegranates are heralded as symbols of fertility, whilst the Kabbalists recited that there were 613 seeds in each pomegranate equal to the 613 mitzvot Hashem commanded of the Chosen People.
This composition is framed by a paper cut geometric lattice overlaying an earthy colour palette of taupe, beiges, stones and ochres. The resulting synergy yields a Ketubah outcome that is both modern and organic, relating to the contemporary Australian interior of the couples new home, in turn enabling the Ketubah to be a bridge between past and future, and old traditions and new practices.