The Modern Ketubah Blog

In this blog I discuss what goes into creating fine art wedding ketubah, as well as ideas about wedding ceremonies and traditions, and answer some of the questions and comments from the couples I've worked with.

the ketubah reflects our feelings

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Diana, who ordered the Sunlight Ketubah shared this with me:

We spent quite some time looking at ketubahs, not finding anything we could envision hanging on our wall for years to come, but then when we found your designs it was a matter of minutes before we chose one. Your work is really beautiful, and we very much appreciate how flexible the wording and symbolism are. I’m Jewish and Ami isn’t, so it was important to us that the ketubah reflected our feelings without heavy religious connotation.

I hear this a lot. So many people want the beauty and symbolism of the ketubah, without being tied to a specific religious symbols or language that holds little meaning for them.

Modern Ketubah on Offbeat Bride

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Offbeat BrideWhen I do any advertising, I try to find partners who share my non-traditional attitude. And with Offbeat Bride, I think I found a great match! I mean, even their slogan — “Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides” — could directly apply to me! Check out this write-up they did on Modern Ketubah:

Daniel Sroka is both the owner and artist behind our sponsor Modern Ketubah. For you gentiles in the house, a ketubah is a marriage certificate based in Jewish tradition that’s also a work of art. But, no worries, you don’t have to be Jewish to be able to get in on the ketubah action, especially if it’s from Daniel.

Read more at Offbeat Bride…

Stunning ketubah exceeds expectations

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Jessica and Jon order the Bloom Ketubah (in black and white) from me, and just wrote:

Hi Daniel – we received the ketubah and it is stunning. Jon and I both connected with the design during our initial search, and what we received has exceeded our expectations!

Jon and I were looking for something modern yet classic. Everything we saw was either very old fashioned and really not us, and the “modern” ones I found just looked a bit cartoonish. The ketubah we chose from Modern Ketubah we both immediately fell in love with, and our colors are gray and white so it really was a no brainer.

We are thrilled and we can’t wait to display this in our home for years and years to come. Thank you so much!

New modern ketubah designs for 2012

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I am proud to announce that I am offering a number of new, fresh, and I think beautiful ketubah designs for 2012. These ketubahs are all created from my fine art photography of roses, leaves and seeds. Several of the ketubahs showcase art I made of the graceful seeds from maple tree, the “helicopters” you toss in the air every autumn

The Samsara Ketubah by Daniel Sroka

The Samsara Ketubah by Daniel Sroka

The Aurora Ketubah by Daniel Sroka

The Aurora Ketubah by Daniel Sroka

The Resonance Ketubah by Daniel Sroka

The Resonance Ketubah by Daniel Sroka

These are just a few – be sure to see all of the new ketubah designs I have created.

Occupy my life

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A man taking part in Occupy Wall Street proposes to his girlfriend using the “human microphone”. Very sweet! What is the human microphone, you ask? Since bullhorns are not allowed, the group uses this system during their “general assemblies” to make sure everything gets heard: anything the speaker says gets repeated by the crowd so that everyone can hear it. (The first thing he yells is “mike check!”)

New York approves Gay Marriage

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Kudos to New York for recognizing that marriage is simply about two people who love each other, committing to a life together. And congratulations to all of the couples who will be proposing to each other this weekend!

Gay Marriage Approved by N.Y. Senate

Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed, and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.

ketubahs unite everyone in a circle of celebration

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This weekend I heard from the rabbi who performed the wedding for one of my couples. Here’s her more-than-kind words:

I support your commitment to making the ketubah a living and meaningful experience for contemporary couples who want the tradition to speak to their circumstance and honor and celebrate their shared sensibilities.

I love how your ketubahs work to unite everyone from different backgrounds into a united circle of celebration, so that by the time the wedding processional lines up, we are all of one heart and all “on the same page” — because you designed something which in image and word reflects the joint vision of the couple and serves as the most elegant expression of their mission statement and noble aspiration as individuals and as a couple.

There is no amount of family therapy or verbal “sharing” that compares to the uplifting dynamic of your ketubah, and how it’s energy speaks to each and every heart in just the way that it needed at that particularly sensitive moment. Thank you always for how you made the wedding ceremony joyous by giving it a context and a goal, and a way to include those who are dearest to the couple whose ceremony unites them and by extension all of those gathered.

With much appreciation for your thoughtfulness and ongoing commitment to the love story of each couple whose trust you honor,
Rabbi Green

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