The text of this ketubah is surrounded by excerpts from the Bible, in Hebrew and English, about peace. A couple about to be married prays not only for shalom bayit, peace within the household, but for peace within the community and the world. The oval shape symbolizes harmony and continuity, and the outside border designs continue these themes. The outer edge of the ketubah is graced with Hebrew and English excerpts from Shir Hashirim, the Song of Songs, which include some of the Torah’s most beautiful messages of love. In each corner diamond is written the phrase “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” in Hebrew.
Ketubah Artist Bio
Patty Shaivitz Leve graduated from Cooper Union with a BFA in graphic design. It was there that her serious, lifelong study of calligraphy began. She has been making custom Ketubot for individuals since 1981 and her work is in private collections all over the United States and in Israel. She combines her love of Judaism and its rich heritage with her interest in calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts to create her unique style of Ketubot.