The proposal had been accepted but she wouldn’t need to leave her parents’ home right away. Her husband, for he was considered her husband even though the marriage was unconsummated, needed time to prepare their new home. When all was finished, he would come for her. In the meantime, there were plenty of details which warranted her attention. First and foremost was the ketubah – the marriage contract.
The ketubah was of utmost importance for it guaranteed her rights within the marriage, including a prenuptial agreement. It was a legally binding document so vital to her security that she would not join her new husband until the terms had been settled. The ketubah was her future, and even at the age of 12 she had the authority to negotiate the terms of it for herself.