Breaking the Glass at a Jewish Wedding
Jerry Ghionis, Destination Wedding Photographer

Breaking the Glass at a Jewish Wedding

Another custom of the Jewish wedding is the breaking of the glass, which happens at the end of the ceremony. Among the many explanations of this tradition, one states that it is to signify the fragility of human relationships. “As this glass shatters, so may our marriage never break.”

The stomping of the glass was originally only done by the male, but in modern times can be done by both the bride and groom together. It also signifies and end to the quiet, reverent time spent under the huppah / chuppah: after the break the guests all shout "mazel tov!" and the bride and groom share their first kiss as husband and wife, then recess down the aisle to greet their guests.

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