TYPE: Documents (Loose)
ITEM ID: 5657
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Jewish Marriage Contract (Ketubah)

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Decade: 1930s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

A Jewish marriage contract (Ketubah) from Buenos Aires from the 1930s.

According to scholar Avi Gold, “It appears to say the 24th of the month of Av in the year 5694, which is equivalent to August 5, 1934.

The language is Aramaic, as is customary for the traditional Ketubah. One interesting curiosity about the printed text: the Ketubah states the location where the wedding took place. In the printed form, there’s a blank space for the city, followed by the words ‘in the North American State.’ You can see the word ‘North’ crossed out and the handwritten word ‘South’ written under it. As for the blank space for the city, it said ‘Buenos Aires!’ (with an exclamation mark). The reason for ‘North American State’ is obvious if one looks at the bottom left of the page, where it says in English ‘Copyright 1915 Hebrew Pub. Co. NY.’ So, the printed form for the Ketubah originates in New York, a few decades before this wedding in 1934 in South America, in Buenos Aires.”