V’ahavta: And You Shall Love
Art By Baruch Sienna
The biblical word v’ahavta that means “And you shall love…” is a fitting Hebrew word to adorn a Ketubah. The ketubah is a permanent reminder to the couple to cherish the feelings of love they feel for each other, and the love shared with family and friends under their Huppah, into their home and future married life. The word “v’ahavta” is found in Leviticus: “love your neighbour as yourself.” In addition to romantic love, the Torah commands us to treat each other, our family, our neighbours, even the casual passerby as we ourselves want to be treated. Rabbi Akiva goes so far as to claim that this is the most important verse in the Torah. And, the mezuzah, too, contains the word “v’ahavta” — the first word in the paragraph from the Sh’ma prayer recited daily that commands us to love God, live Jewishly and teach Judaism to our children. Framed and proudly displayed in their home, the Ketubah, like a mezuzah, identifies the home as one that affirms Jewish values.
Our paper ketubahs (papercut ketubahs included) are printed on cold press, acid free art paper, the standard in artistic reproductions. This paper is slightly textured and can be ordered with or without name printing.
Canvas ketubahs have a glossy look with texture and shine. The canvas can be framed behind glass or can be stretched by a framer. Our canvas ketubahs require name printing.
We offer the canvas stretching feature in house as well. When ordered this way, the ketubah is stretched by hand on a specially built frame in a style known as gallery wrap and comes ready to hang complete with a wire at the back.
Paper, Canvas, Stretched Canvas
14" x 18", 18" x 24", 22" x 28"
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If you or someone you know is going ahead with a wedding virtually or at home with a limited number of guests, you may need your ketubah in a timely fashion. We have gathered a collection of fantastic ketubahs that we can turn around in just one day, ensuring you have the necessities for your unique ceremony!
Today’s couples are looking to canvas for a Ketubah with a unique and striking fine art look. We are incredibly proud to offer our own exclusive line of Ketubah designs, produced in house and available on canvas. The canvas ketubahs have more texture and shine than ketubahs printed on paper and give off the look of an original oil painting!
Our giclée print ketubah collection offers the largest selection of limited-edition ketubahs available anywhere, so you can find a ketubah that will suit you, your wedding and your traditions. We work with couples and officiants from every Jewish denomination, and can incorporate the appropriate text to suit your wedding.
About the Artist
Baruch Sienna is a Jewish digital artist with a love of letters and languages. He began his artistic career as a calligrapher, creating handmade, one of a kind Ketubot. After becoming interested in using digital technology for design, he was one of the first people to create Hebrew fonts on the original Macintosh computer and now designs and typesets Hebrew and English books and prayerbooks, graphic posters, and logos. Baruch is the founder of Work of Heart prayerbooks and alephtechnology.com. Returning to ketubah design is an opportunity for Baruch to utilize his background as a designer and Jewish educator to create fresh approaches to the traditional marriage contract.
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