I will betroth you to Me forever; and I will betroth you with fidelity, with righteousness, with justice, with kindness and with mercy. These lyrical words from Hosea 2:21 express the deep commitment of the bride and the groom to one another. The Olive paper cut ketubah is made up of five concentric circles of imagery, ornamentation and biblical texts that surround the ketubah text. The decorative innermost circle is embellished with 24- karat gold leaf. Nature motifs: olive branches, pomegranates, song birds and wildflowers, playfully intertwine against a background of gradient blue while deer symbolizing love, gentleness and grace rest under the shade of an olive tree. Finally a band which, includes the words, Ani l’ dodi v’ dodi li/ I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine, from Song of Songs 6:3 completes this composition. The Olive ketubah filled with movement, light and the poetry of the Bible brims with joy and delight.
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Ketubah Artist Bio
Daniel Azoulay is a well reputed and prize-winning Jerusalem artist. Born in Morocco, Daniel grew up in the northern Galilee town of Qiryat Shmona, and studied in Jerusalem at the Bezalel Art Academy. In his art, the landscapes of Daniel’s childhood are combined with Jewish symbolism, artistic and architectural motifs from Europe, Morocco and Israel. Known for his hand painted ceramic Judaica, Azoulay’s artistic attention has been increasingly drawn to paper cut design. His ketubahs are the culmination of research, inspiration and creativity, months of design refinement and, finally,exquisite execution. All of Daniel Azoulay’s ketubahs are printed by the giclee method – modern day lithography – cut by laser and hand-embellished with 24 karat gold leaf. Each ketubah is dated, numbered and signed by the artist and is one of a limited edition.