There is something solid and grand about a tree, the sort of solidity we wish for in a marriage, with the added dimension of continued growth. These two trees show signs of the four seasons, a metaphor for the various life stages the couple will experience. They have deep growing roots, just as a couple develops their own culture together. Trees also remind us of a family tree, and that the Torah is a tree of life. In their growth together, they form a holy space between them in the shape of a heart.
Ketubah Artist Bio
Me’irah Iliinsky is both a rabbi and an artist. She uses color and pattern as a portal for experiencing Jewish literary tradition from a visual perspective. Me’irah has done art work all her life. She has taken her inspiration from folk art, fairy tale illustration, illuminated manuscripts, the Pre-Raphaelites, the Arts and Crafts movement, Ze’ev Raban, Leonard Bakst. She graduated from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2007, and now works as the rabbi and spiritual leader of Temple Beth El of Williamsburg, Virginia.