<<Our financial negotiations make the divorce close somewhat supefluous, but the other elements are still necessary, and nowadays, they gain in importance,<br>esp. the part about working, etc.<br>By the way, the divorce element of the ketubah is still a moral message, and
<br>among Sefardim it is brought up to current standards of living, so that it<br>loses none of its potency.>><br><br>First - the fact that sefardim put in large amounts in the kesuvah doesn't mean that it is ever collected. Secular courts dont base their decisions on the kesuvah.
<br><br>Second - does anyone base their husband-wife relationship today on the kesuvah in terms of a wife's earnings? I assume that no one has ransomed his wife in many years.<br><br>In a slightly different area I still hear from rabbis about problems with women donating to Charity. In most familties I know the woman decides on the budget rather than the husband. Major purchases are probably mutual. Very few families have the husband as the sole decisor on major purchases.
<br clear="all"><br>-- <br>Eli Turkel