The ‘Hand on the Kotel’ Ketubah

This Ketubah sings with a gentle and delicate grace. However it employs monumental symbolism in its composition, which in consequence enable it to chant with a powerful underlying energy.

The background of this Ketubah features a highly textured painted interpretation of the Kotel (Western Wall). As the last remnant of the sacred Temple, it has become the most significant site in the world for Jewish people and accordingly, Jews from all over the world congregate here to pray and write prayers to G-d which are nestled in between the massive limestone blocks.

The generative metaphor of this Ketubah was inspired by the pairing of the initials of this couple “יד – yad”, translating from Hebrew as hand. Thus the text of the Ketubah is housed in a large Chamsa, which in turn rests softly upon the Kotel, gesturing the manner in which people at the Kotel place their palms upon it to feel its deep and sacred energy. Complementing the colour palette of the work, within the interior of the Chamsa is a linen and soft rose overlay, dusted over with a rose pink iridescent pigment that shimmers in the light.

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 between husband and wife written by King Solomon wraps around the initials to create a dome. This psalm evokes the intrinsic commitment, care and responsibility mutually undertaken as husband and wife embark on life’s passage as one entity.