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Signing Ketubah

Question:

Is it permitted for witnesses to sign a ketubah with their first and last name? Meaning they sign as on a normal government or financial document without mentioning “ben ploni”. If this was already done on someone’s ketubah is that fine?

 

Answer:

Hello,

When the witnesses sign their names, they should write their name and ben ploni, as is written in Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 130-11. In retrospect, if it wasn’t written the kesuba is still kosher. It should be noted that this is a question that should be posed to the mesader kedushin himself.

Best wishes

Sources:

שולחן ערוך אבן העזר הלכות גיטין סימן קל סעיף יא “כשחותם העד, צריך לכתוב שמו ושם אביו, כגון יוסף בן יעקב עד. כתב: יוסף עד, או בן יעקב עד, או יוסף בן יעקב, ולא כתב עד, כשר”. וע”ש סימן קכט סעיף ט “אם לא הזכיר שם אבי האיש או שם אבי האשה, כשר”.

 

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