Chamsa II Ketubah
by Nava Shoham
The hand of Miriam, in reference to Miriam the sister of Moses and Aaron, as well as the (5) chamash hand. It serves as an ancient talismanic way of averting and getting protection from the evil eye, or more generally of providing a “protecting hand” or “Hand of G-d.” It appears, often in stylized form as a hand with 3 fingers raised, and sometimes with two thumbs arranged symmetrically. The symbol is used in amulets, charms, jewelry, door entrances, and other places to ward off the evil eye. The flow of water, nature, wheat, barley, and olive leaves are all symbols of purity and wealth. The dancing figures symbolize the festivity of life, and enduring fiery energy in both body and soul. The tree of life at the base of the palm contains the word Chai (Life) in its roots.
Ketubah Artist Bio
Born and raised in Israel, Nava Shoham’s artwork reflects her belief in the beauty of Judaism. Asked to create a Ketubah for her sister-in-law’s wedding in 1988, Nava’s art career was transformed, and she has since been creating festive and unique Ketubot for couples around the world. Her work has been exhibited in Israel and the United States, and is in private collections as far away as Australia, Brazil, Mexico and Belgium.