(Closed) Should we step on the glass?

posted 5 years ago in Jewish
  • poll: Is your FI stepping on the glass?
    Yes : (10 votes)
    83 %
    No : (2 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 4
    7992 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    I was always taught that it represented the destruction of the temple… the first meaning you give above. Seeing as you are marrying a “man of the book”, I think it would be completely appropriate for him to break the glass. In fact, I cannot see why not. It would only be an issue if you were “marrying outside the book”… ie marrying someone who was neither a Jew, nor a Christian, nor a Muslim.

    I’m not Jewish, but that’s just my two cents.

    Post # 5
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Here’s the explanation we put in our program:

    There are many explanations for this tradition. One states that it reminds us of the destruction of the Holy Temple. Another interpretation is that it symbolizes how love, like glass, is fragile and must be protected.  Another interpretation suggests that the broken glass reminds us that there are still parts of our world that remain broken; as we commit to one another, we also commit to establishing a more equitable, prosperous, and just world.  After **** breaks the glass, please shout “Mazel Tov!”


    We really liked this (especially the latter 2 explanations).  If you find a meaning that works for you, I’d have the officiant explain it or put it in the program.  By The Way, it’s 100% a cultural thing, not a religious thing, so there shouldn’t be a conflict on those grounds.

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