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Breaking the Glass at a Jewish Wedding

Question: My grandson will be getting married and living an Orthodox Jewish life. What is the meaning of the breaking of the glass at the end of the ceremony?

Answer: Congratulations – may you see many great grandchildren from the new couple!

The groom breaks the cup to signify that even on our happiest days we are still incomplete – broken – without our deep relationship with G-d signified by the Temple in Jerusalem. That is why the groom should put some ashes on his forehead before the ceremony as well.

Best Wishes,
Rabbi Meir Goldberg

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