All About The Ketubah – Part 1
— The wedding contract –A ketubah is a special legal document, the marriage contract, which is an integral part of a Jewish wedding ceremony.
Please be aware there are differences in ketubahs between the Modern Orthodox and other Orthodox communities. New York Halachah considers all papers used to complete a marriage to be legal and binding. However, the Ketubah must be returned to the Rabbi upon completion of the marriage! You should get your Ketubah from at least one Rabbi. Chabad’s Reb Barry Lopatin is a few blocks away from Temple Emanu-El. If you do not know, ask the Rabbi if there is someone available. You should also get your Rabbi’s signature, not an angel – this is important! Come to the wedding and your contract(s) signed!
The sukkah is an open-air laboratory where Jews can eat the finest foods and drinks of all nations. In the past, koshering was a somewhat complicated process: Only foods consecrated individually by a Rabbi were allowed to be eaten at a sukkah. Of course today, in a modern Wailing Wall, we are confident we can all eat any food and drink any drink we like, as long as we are all either Orthodox/National Orthodox Jewish.
How many people can be in a sukkah? If you follow the Torah and God’s commandment to leave the world while we are here, then only two people in one sukkah can sit. Women are allowed in sukkot because they may share a water-access with grown-up children who may need water. Please see section marked as: How many people can be in a sukkah? This is not a program asking you to limit or cut the number of people in a sukkah. Anyone who eats kosher food is welcome to sit.
Only kosher food (see section marked “What can only be eaten in a sukkah?”) is allowed for your enjoyment at a sukkah . It is a countrywide understanding.
Any non-kaustule meal that was not before prescribed by the Gesher is OK.
For food eaten in a serving manger such as a meal or a people; zhuh with only permitted meats such as chicken, beef, pork, fish, and poultry would qualify as only one meal.
Loved Part 1 of our series? Check out Part 2 here.