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Examining The Ritual of Breaking Glass

Why do Jews have a ritual of breaking glass at a weddings? At one of the many Jewish weddings that Elizheva has officiated as a lay person, she and the couple examined the ritual of breaking glass. Rather than simply breaking it, they used it as a moment to talk about brokenness and the Kabbalistic notion of a shattered vessel that exploded and created the universe.

This particular video is part of a larger series exploring the basics of Jewish Lifecycles. Jewish tradition is often specific. There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and the conversations in this series explores the array of choices people make in interpreting ritual today. Learn more about Jewish Wedding traditions, Jewish Mourning Traditions and Jewish Baby Traditions.

This project was made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of its Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood.

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