Lessingimages.com - Ketubah, a Jewish marriage contracKetubah, a Jewish marriage contract from Persia. This contract of marriage is decorated with a traditional Persian symbol,the half-moon rising over lions. From Persia. Watercolour on paper, 95 x 68 cm t from Persia.
Ketubah, Jewish marriage contract, from Meshed, Iran, early 19th. Written in Arabic and Persian to conform to the customs of the Moslems of Meshed. There was always a secret ketubah written in Aramaic and Hebrew. Paper, 88 x 60 cm Haaretz Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Jews in 1839 Meshed were forced to convert to Islam, but secretly lived as Jews. This Meshed ketubah suggests a Persian prayer rug, but by being in Hebrew and Aramaic, represents mute evidence of the power of the Jewish spirit to resist pressure that threatens survival. Fifty years later, at a Jewish wedding, this ketubah expressed Jewish survival & commitment to Jewish continuity. (Ketubah, Meshed, Persia, 1889, Hebraic Section, Library of Congress Photo).