Torah & Texts

Why is Breaking the Glass Part of Jewish Weddings?

What is this breaking the glass thing all about? It’s fun to break things, but that’s not the only reason that we break the glass at Jewish weddings! There are many different interpretations of this tradition, so we’ve collected three.

This particular video about breaking the glass 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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