The Fox Ketuba
Date 3 Sivan 5771
An amalgamation of elements that the couple chose from a variety of the artist's work in which they wanted to reflect their coming together and reflecting their origins and their lives today.
The couple, each marrying for the second time, inspired the atist to try to reflect both their individual interests and lives from the elements that they chose and the finished ketuba was successful and original.
The top horizontal panel was the choice of the bride and reflects her love of Levantine fabrics and embroideries and this panel enhances the special Tree of Life which was a request of the groom, originating from Britain but his teen yeas were spent in the Israeli city of Rehovot which is famous for its orange groves
Note the bumblebee flying around the tree ... a symbolic gesture for the couple.
The groom began a lifelong career in aviation with El-Al, working his way from steward through ground support, studied aeronautics and business, ran an international aerospace tradeshow, got a pilots license and, today, is the CEO of a specialized aviation equipment company in Vancouver, Canada.
He was born in Britain but his teen years were spent in Rehovot, Israel and therefore he asked Norman to have a Tree of Life represented as an orange tree of Rehovot.
To symbolically represent the groom's love of flight and his present-day business, the artist put an airplane flying over a landscape of Jerusalem and the couple's love of reading and books, something very connected to the bride's life, studies and profession as well were represented by the two flanking shadow boxes with wood panelling and a shelf of books. Norman decided to use wood panelling because of the location of the wedding in Vancouver, British Columbia and the fact that this province abounds in forests.
The Book of Ruth and the famous quote from the story of Ruth illustrates the right-hand arch and a quote from the Song of Songs is in the left-hand arch.