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ketubah

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English kuh-too-buh; Sephardic Hebrew kuh-too-bah] /Ashkenazic Hebrew, English kəˈtu bə; Sephardic Hebrew kə tuˈbɑ/
noun, plural ketuboth, ketubot, ketubos
[Ashkenazic Hebrew kuh-too-bohs; Sephardic Hebrew kuh-too-bawt] /Ashkenazic Hebrew kəˈtu boʊs; Sephardic Hebrew kə tuˈbɔt/ (Show IPA).
English, ketubahs. Hebrew.
1.
the formal contract in a Jewish religious marriage that includes specific financial protection for the wife in the event that the husband dies or divorces her.
Origin
kəthubbāh literally, something written
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  • And if she curses him with no reason, he divorces her without paying her the ketubah.
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ketubah

/kətuˈbaː/
noun
1.
(Judaism) the contract that states the obligations within Jewish marriage
Word Origin
from Hebrew, literally: document
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Encyclopedia Article for ketubah

formal Jewish marriage contract written in Aramaic and guaranteeing a bride certain future rights before her marriage. Since Jewish religious law permits a man to divorce his wife at any time for any reason, the ketubba was introduced in ancient times to protect a woman's rights and to make divorce a costly matter for the husband. The conditions stipulated in the document also guarantee the woman's right to property when her husband dies. A Jewish wife carefully preserves the ketubba, not as evidence of marriage but for its future value

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