I’ve been on the subject of trees lately and I wanted to express their height in a physical way. This got me interested in an unusual shape for a ketubah. The long vertical banner echoes how tall the trees are and looks very bold.
There is some interesting thematic wordplay with the choice of the birch tree as the subject. The Latin word for birch is Betula, although there is no direct relation, the word Betula in Hebrew means “virgin”. It’s an interesting convergence, because birch tree trunks are white, in the same way that brides wear white at her wedding to symbolize their spiritual purity.
Meanwhile, half-way across the world, in India, the bark of the birch tree was used as a writing surface. The Sanskrit word for birch is Bhurja, which can literally be translated as “document” (it’s a false cognate of the Old English Birce from which we get the modern English word). This fits in well with the concept of a Ketubah, which in hebrew means “written” and is itself a document.
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