Ketubah Text Question: Rites vs. Rights
Rites vs. Rights
Several of our Ketubah texts mention “…rites of marriage,” which refers to the actual marriage ceremony itself. Meanwhile, rights refers to the legal entitlement after the ceremony.
For a little help, we checked in with our favorite dictionary (Merriam Webster!) for a little help:
- Rites:a prescribed form or manner governing the words or actions for a ceremony
- Rights: the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled
So, our texts refer to “Rites” as the ceremony itself, but could speak to the “Rights” after marriage just as well! Currently the default refers to the ceremony itself. If you’d like them changed, just ask!