Reform Ketubah Text
The Reform ketubah text is written in Modern Hebrew that is a direct, poetic translation of the English and predominantly egalitarian in nature, meaning the bride and groom enter into marriage as political, economic and legal equals.
This ketubah witnesses before God and all those present that on the___ day of the week, during the month of ____ in the year___, which corresponds to (secular calendar date), that the holy covenant of marriage was entered into between _____ and ______. And they said to each other: “I take you to be mine according to the traditions of Moses and Israel." “We promise to be equal partners, loving friends, and supportive companions throughout our lives. We value in each other and ourselves qualities of forgiveness, compassion, and kindness. Our love will provide us with the determination to be ourselves while cherishing each other’s uniqueness. We promise to share in each other’s aspirations. We will empower each other to fulfill our goals and pursue our dreams. We will create a closeness that will enable us to express our innermost thoughts and feelings. We promise to treasure and nourish one another; to be sensitive at all times to each other’s needs; to talk and to listen; to honor, respect, and appreciate one another. We promise to always be honest and open; to support each other through life’s challenges; to comfort one another through life’s sorrows; to share with one another life’s joys. We will create a home where all are welcome and fill it with laughter, empathy, faith, imagination, trust, friendship, companionship, and love. We will celebrate holidays and traditions of our Jewish heritage and devote ourselves to learning, charity, and acts of kindness. We will create a family and provide for its emotional and physical needs. We will teach our family courtesy and compassion and we will be role models for the values we teach our children. May our lives grow together in prosperity and joy."