Breaking of the Glass meaning
Nothing says “Jewish wedding” more than the sound of breaking glass. But what’s the point? Depending on whom you ask, the breaking of the wineglass is, among other things: a symbol of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem; a representation of the fragility of human relationships; and a reminder that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever. It’s also the official signal to shout, “Mazel Tov!” and start partying. There’s no law putting the man’s foot to the task. If you’re game, bride and groom can break the glass together with one swift kick in unison.
The Glass Breaking Wedding Ceremony
In the Jewish faith the breaking of the glass signifies the destruction of the great temple in Jerusalem. Its spiritual significance is our reaffirmation of our faith in God. Our prayer today is that their lives together would be longer than it would take to fit these broken pieces of glass back together again. (Groom breaks glass with right foot, he does not step on it until after the pronouncement).
Alternate Glass Breaking Ceremony:
“The breaking of the glass at the end of a wedding ceremony serves to remind of two very important aspects of a marriage. The bride and groom – and everyone – should consider these marriage vows as an IRREVOCABLE ACT – just as permanent and final as the breaking of this glass is unchangeable. This act also reminds us that a marriage, like glass, is fragile and needs constant attention, commitment, and protection. (Bride) and (Groom), knowing that this marriage is permanent, you should strive to show each other the love and respect befitting your spouse and love of your life.”
Our prayer today is that their lives together would be longer than it would take to fit these broken pieces of glass back together again.