Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Jewish twist to the royal wedding

The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is sure to be full of tradition, beautiful decorations, and perhaps, lavish gifts. However, the royal couple will be receiving an unusual gift from British-born Israeli calligrapher Michael Horton. Horton will be giving the couple an intricately illustrated ketubah, a Jewish wedding contract.

The custom-made contract, written in Hebrew and English reads, "May we remain committed to each other's physical and mental well-being, and to each other's emotional and spiritual growth."

The 63-year old calligrapher was inspired to make the ketubah for the couple upon hearing about the wedding, feeling that he has a special connection to the royal family. His grandfather was Commissioner for the Crown Lands, and received an Order of the British Empire in 1955, a badge given to those who display acts of bravery, so it seems that working for royalty runs in the family.

However, Horton made sure to “de-kosher” the ketubah, removing any religious themes that a traditional ketubah would have.

A traditional ketubah reminds the groom of his responsibility to his bride, and protects her if the union ends.

The ketubah was sent to London from Israel with plenty of time to get there before the April 29 wedding.

To read more about the ketubah that is being sent to the royal couple, check out this Jewish Chronicle article.

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