Date Sivan 5769
The bride and groom guided Norman to make this ketuba that, throughout his career, has to be one of the most unusual because of its specific textual contents and all unite into a striking visual experience. Based on Moorish influences which was the couple's request, the artist created a composition where the main side panels are like tiles on a Persian floor complete with the miniature floral design.
The calligraphy arch that climbs up one side, across the crown and down the other holds a blessing by the Ba'al Shem Tov from the turn of the previous century and, what made this so unusual for Norman was that it is in Yiddish and not in the traditional Hebrew.
And one of the most unusual of elements in this ketuba is the text, a ketuba text from the Cairo Geniza of hundreds of years ago. The couple searched for a very long time until they found the text that they wanted and the text, combined with the all the other elements of their ketuba, make it a very striking piece.
The crown holds yet another element that the couple had hoped for which is the artist's representation of the domed ceiling of an old Istanbuli synagogue. The addition of the Jewish star was the bride's wish.
The sun rises over the Western Wall on the right and the sunrise begins to illuminate the Jerusalem landscape on the left.
A ram, an element that has personal meaning to the couple, looks over the dawn rising over Jerusalem.
A close-up of the tiles, representing the tiled floors found so frequently in countries like Turkey which reflects the design the couple wanted.