Monday, October 11, 2010

Signatures on the ketubah


The ketubah document records testimony as to the marriage transaction between husband and wife, and is signed by the witnesses. There is no need for husband and wife to sign.

Historically, there were communities in which the husband signed, to confirm that his financial obligations recorded therein would be collectible in court without further procedural validation of the ketubah.

The husband and/or wife may sign on the document if they wish, but the format must make clear that they are not signing as witnesses, and that the witnesses are signing to the body of the document and not simply validating their signatures.

(Nachalat Shivah 12:73)

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