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Jewish glass breaking ceremony has its spotlight that concludes the entire wedding under the Chuppah.
Jewish glass breaking ceremony is not about the glass that breaks
The Jewish Glass Breaking Ceremony is an important part of the Jewish wedding and full of symbolism.
The groom breaks the glass with his right foot is at the conclusion of the Jewish wedding ceremony. One tradition is it reminds us of the destruction of the Holy Temple. However, it is often not mentioned in a wedding ceremony. It’s simply not the right time for a history lesson.
For a marriage, the breaking of glass is a gently warning of the frailty of a marriage. That sometimes a single thoughtless act, breach of trust, or infidelity can damage a marriage. It can be in ways that are very difficult to undo – just as it would be difficult to undo the breaking of the glass. Knowing that this marriage will not break so easily, the bride and groom should strive to show each other’s love, respect, and commitment.
Once the glass is broken, the guests rejoice, join voices with shouts of ‘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. Jewish Wedding Judaica, a small shop from the Jewish Wedding Rabbi is available to purchase for your wedding ceremony.