Jewish Weddings-Breaking Glass

Breaking of the Glass

The breaking of the glass at the end of a wedding ceremony serves as a reminder 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 the glass is unchangeable.

The breaking of the glass also serves as 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.