What’s the Deal with Breaking the Chuppah Glass at the Jewish Wedding Ceremony?

One of the most crucial and memorable moments in the Jewish wedding ceremony is the breaking of the glass.

This occurs towards the end of the ceremony after the bridegroom and bride (known in Hebrew as the Chossan and Kallah) have each drunk a little from the glass of wine over which the Seven Blessings (Sheva Brochas) have been recited. The cup is then given to friends or family to finish off for extra blessing. The glass is then placed on the floor and the Groom stomps on it once, breaking it with his shoe.

Although the cup represents ‘Blessing’, this act serves as an expression of sadness at the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and identifies the couple with the spiritual and national destiny of the Jewish people. A Jew, even at the moment of greatest rejoicing, is mindful of the Psalmist's injunction to "set Jerusalem above my highest joy."

In jest, some say this is the last time the groom gets to 'put his foot down.'

This marks the conclusion of the ceremony. With shouts of ‘Mazel Tov,’ the Chossan and Kallah are then given an enthusiastic reception from the guests as they leave the Chuppah (wedding canopy) together.

The broken glass is then saved as part of a wedding gift in a keepsake or memento from someone else.

So at the end of the ceremony and after the shouts of ‘Mazel tov’ it is important that you collect the broken glass and mail it to us!