The Lisbon Bible, created in the Lisbon Artistic Manuscript Workshop of the 15th Century, embodies the culmination of the art and the skills of Jewish manuscript making in the previous 200 years, in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The workshop was destroyed and its artists expelled by the Spanish inquisition, and their art was never continued. Appointing myself an apprentice under the masters of the lost workshop, I try to continue their work. This ketubah follows the design of a famous Lisbon Bible page, with the characteristic use of calligraphic borders in small and in large letters, and with the page layout, intricate borders and the filigree of stylized imaginary floral elements. All this is presented here in the Retro style Letterpress print, with separate zinc plates etched for each print color, and the print pressed deep into the paper, creating a 3D effect. This ketubah connects you to the roots of Jewish art, embracing tradition and tying it to the essential document of your marriage. The verses in the small print are from the Song of Songs, 4:10, and 4:12-15. The verses in the large print are from the Song of Songs, 6:3, 2:2-3 and 8:6-7 Note: The text in the design is not printed by letterpress.
Small – 14″ x 17.5″
This design was printed on a traditional letterpress printing press.
Find the Right Copy
After being fairly consistent for about 200 years, Ketubah text options have evolved significantly since the latter part of the last century. Today, in addition to the traditional Aramaic text, there are a number of modern Hebrew and English texts that are more Egalitarian and reflect today’s more modern couples.
We always recommend you consult with your officiating clergy prior to placing your order. Generally, they will advise you as to which text they recommend. If they do not have a preferred text then you can choose from any of the texts we offer based on personal preference.
If you would like to use a text other than what we offer on our website you can provide us with a text that you’ve written or perhaps seen elsewhere and obtained permission to use. If you want to use a text that is not on our website you would choose the ‘custom text’ option.
We are incredibly proud to offer our own exclusive line of Ketubah designs, produced in house and available on paper, canvas and stretched canvas. Paper ketubahs are printed on a cold press acid free art paper with a natural white surface. The paper ketubah has some texture to it and need to be framed in order to be hung up. Ketubahs ordered on paper can be ordered with or without names pre-printed.
The ketubah printed on canvas has a glossy look and has more texture and shine than the paper. The canvas can be framed behind glass or you can take it to a framer after the wedding to be stretched.
We offer the canvas stretching feature in house as well, and when ordered this way, the Ketubah is stretched by hand on a specially built frame in a style known as gallery wrap. A gallery wrapped" canvas Ketubah comes ready to hang complete with a wire at the back. Canvas and stretched canvas ketubahs are available only if you order names pre filled.
Text and Name Printing
Standard Text, No Names
Our standard texts are available for purchase with the existing blank spaces (standard text, no names) as well as with the option of names pre printed (standard text + names). If you select “standard text, no names” you will receive your ketubah with text that has blank spaces for hand written information. Someone will need to fill out the names, date and location within the ketubah prior to the wedding. Before selecting this you should ensure you have someone who will fill out the ketubah for you in both Hebrew and English. Some ketubahs do not come with blank areas left for handwritten names and these are only available with the standard text + names option.
Standard Text + Names
Our standard texts are available with names and other relevant personal information filled in for you by our team. If you select this option all of your personal information will be completed digitally and there will be no blank spaces within the text. The ketubah will still have lines for the witnesses to sign at the wedding but the blank spaces within the text will be completed in matching digital calligraphy as the rest of the text.
If you prefer to compose your own text for your ketubah you can choose the custom text option. The additional fee for using a custom text includes having all the personal information filled in by our team so unless you specifically want the personal information left off the ketubah, it will be filled in for you.
Custom Text + Hebrew Translation
If you are providing a custom text that you wrote and want it translated into Hebrew we offer a translation service. You would send us your English text, and we send it to a third party translator. Your ketubah text would then be both Hebrew and English.
Letterpress was originally created around 1440. Attempting to print flat on paper, printers stumbled upon the unique effect of letterpress and embossing. This error became the most beautiful and valued feature of letterpress, which made it desirable. It sadly went out of style in the 80's and 90's due to computer technology, but couples have returned to this classic detailing for their most special and personal keepsake prints.
About the Artist
Enya Keshet was born in Pardes Hanna, Israel. As a young woman she moved to Jerusalem, where she studied at the Hebrew University and at Bezalel Academy of Art. Her friendship with a traditional scribe (sofer) led her to the idea of combining the art of paper cutting with the calligraphy of Megillot (scrolls). Her artwork has evolved extensively from this beginning. In 1994 she moved back to her hometown of Pardes Hanna, where her studio is today. A significant part of Enya's work is in the style of the Lisbon manuscript workshop, which flourished at the end of the fifteenth century, a workshop which produced the famous Lisbon Bible and many other illuminated manuscripts currently in the collections of major museums in London, Paris, and New York.