by Sivia Katz
“B’echad,” the word beneath the traditional crown found on many antique Ketubot, means “in unity.” The quote, reiterating the theme of the couple’s oneness, is from “Rad Halylah,” an Israeli folksong. The blue eye, “Ayin Harah,” is the symbolic protection against evil, one of the symbols surrounding the traditional Shabbat ceremonial objects.
Ketubah Artist Bio
Sivia Katz has created original Ketubot, special commission, and calligraphic watercolors since 1972. Her paintings, based on Hebrew texts, combine the subtlety of contemporary color and design with the warmth of nature and the lyrical grace of the Hebrew letter. Her works have been presented to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as well as to congregations, Rabbis and community leaders. They are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout America and Israel.