The ketubbah, the Jewish wedding contract, outlines the legal and financial responsibilities of a husband to his wife. Signed by witnesses, the document is typically hung prominently in a couple’s home, since Jewish law forbids a couple from cohabitating if their ketubbah is lost or destroyed. This particular contract, between a bride named Hanah bat Avraham Yosef Dvek ha-Kohen [Hanna Dwek] and a groom, Netanel Hai ben Yosef Tsemah Dvek ha-Kohen [Netanel Hai Dwek], was signed on 8 Elul, 5626 [August 19, 1866], in Calcutta, India. The pair of fish symbolizes fertility, and the tigers, strength.
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