Part 6 of 7
Wedding Ceremony Order of Service
The groom breaks the glass with his right foot at the conclusion of the Jewish wedding ceremony. It reminds us of the destruction of the Holy Temple.
The breaking of glass also is a warning of the frailty of a marriage. That sometimes a single thoughtless act, breech of trust, or infidelity can damage a marriage in ways that are very difficult to undo – just as it would be so difficult to undo the breaking of this glass. Knowing that this marriage is permanent, the bride and groom should strive to show each other the love and respect befitting their spouse and love of their life.
Once the glass is broken, the guests rejoice, ‘Mazel Tov!’
After the Ceremony
The shards of glass can be saved and placed in a piece of art and displayed in the bride and groom’s home. View available breaking of glass styles to purchase from an online Judaica shop, Jewish Wedding Judaica.