Marti and Leslie
Date 5749 (1989 - Ketuba executed 2008)
As with his other married brother, the artist wanted to make a ketuba for this youngest of his brothers and it is a melting pot of so many of the couple's interests and wishes. Books, good wine, their new home in a small village north of Toronto filled with lots of wood panelling and of course, their love for their two pets - a dog and a cat and, of course, Marti's insatiable love of golf.
Norman's brother Marti was named after a 2nd coustin, Martin Rohrer, who passed away in the '40s from nephritis which in those days was next to incurable. Martin Rohrer's parents dedicated a window in Toronto's Holy Blossom synagogue in their deceased son's honor and, the artist wishing to represent this, tried to make the entire ketuba appear a little like a stained glass window complete with the surrounding border taken directly from that window in the synagogue.
The couple's new home as an illustration in an open book crowns the text and shows the importance the artist wished to make of their pride and love of home.
What better quote from the Bible for Marti and his wife Leslie who are constantly entertaining and have a very wide circle of friends and very active social life but "how good it is to sit together as friends"
Their two loved pets sit on the green of an imaginary golf course
And of course, the couple wanted their brother's home, Jerusalem, illustrated as well so Norman used the two side panels for Jerusalem landscapes.