The Ketubah -- Marriage Contract

After the groom places the ring on the bride's finger, the ketubah is read aloud. The ketubah is a binding document which details the husband's obligations to his wife, showing that marriage is more than a physical-spiritual union; it is a legal and moral commitment. The ketubah states the principal obligations of the groom to provide his wife with food, clothing and affection along with other contractual obligations.

Reading the ketubah has no halachic significance, it merely serves as a separation between the two phases of marriage -- kiddushin and nisu'in.

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