Original Title: Kethubah
MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Documents (Loose)
DIMENSIONS: 17 x 27 inches
COMPONENTS: Surrounding the entire text we see (though faded) mauve and green floral motifs.
NOTES: Formerly in the collection of the late Daniel M. Friedenberg, Greenwich, Conn. ( Daniel M. Friedenberg was curator of coins and medals for the Jewish Museum in New York City).
ITEM ID: 5486
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Marriage Contract

DATE
Year: 1914
Decade: 1910s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: 26th Av

Marriage contract uniting Ezra the son of David and Bat-Zion daughter of Hai HaKohen.

Whereas in general, Persian Kethuboth employed rabbinic script, Prof. Shalom Sabar has pointed out that the community of Yazd differed in this respect, employing square Hebrew characters. (See Sabar, Ketubbah, p. 328.) The standard text of the kethubah is written here in the customary Aramaic, while the few lines of the addendum (or tosepheth kethubah) at the bottom in a cursive script are in Judeo-Persian (cf. Sabar, no. 228.)

Yazd, is an ancient city in central Iran (170 miles southeast of Isfahan) and a center of Zoroastrian culture probably built by Yazdegerd I (399–420). That Yazd was also a center of Jewish scholarship in the early Middle Ages is attested by a ninth-century Hebrew manuscript of the Later Prophets with masoretic notes which was found there, one of the oldest known Biblical manuscripts composed by Persian Jews. In 1948 there were about 1,000 Jews resident in Yazd, following the 1979 Islamic revolution only five families remained (Jewish Virtual Library).