(Closed) Any alternative meanings to that broken glass…..

posted 7 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You should go back and read about Mrs. Hermit Crabs wedding.  It was so beautiful and she explains alot of tradions.

Post # 4
5890 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012


  • The broken glass, which cannot be repaired, is a reminder that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever, according to Jewish Wedding Network.com.


  • The loud noise of the breaking of the glass can frighten away evil spirits that threaten to steal the souls of the couple, according to Adventure Rabbi.org.


  • Because the groom breaks the glass with his right foot, the act can also be seen as “the last time the groom gets to put his foot down,” according to Adventure Rabbi.org.

Post # 5
293 posts
Helper bee

I dunno about “be sad when we are happy”, but one of the explanations our rabbi talked about is that it symbolizes that our world is imperfect. Judaism has a major focus on “tikkun olam” or healing the world, so the broken glass symbolizes that even while we celebrate our personal joy at the wedding, we are reminded that there is much left to do to heal the world and to let our marriage propel us toward being a part of that process together. I thought it was a beautiful meaning to take out of the tradition.

In a Jewish wedding book that I read, it says that no one really knows the original meaning of the tradition. It’s something that has been passed down so long that many alternative meanings have sprung up around it. So you can make what you want of it while continuing a tradition many centuries old!

Post # 6
1566 posts
Bumble bee

I’m Catholic and Darling Husband is Jewish, and we did breaking of the glass. I read that there is no one universal meaning – all of the meanings PP have mentioned are possibilities. Our officiant said:

We conclude this ceremony with the breaking of the glass. It is a joyous ceremony. The fragility of the glass suggests the frailty of human relationships. The glass is broken to protect this marriage with the implied prayer…

May your bond of love be as difficult to break as it would be to put together the pieces of this glass.

Post # 8
27 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our rabbi said in the ceremony as my husband broke the glass:  “May your love last as long as it takes to put this glass back together.”  Meaning since the glass could never be restored to its original state, our love would last forever.  We had the broken glass made into a mezuzah that hangs in our bedroom doorway. 

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