The Breaking of the Glass is one of the most beloved traditions of the Jewish wedding ceremony. This ancient practice has been interpreted in many ways. As a symbol of the destruction of the Temple, the glass reminds us of sadness even during the most joyous occasion. Another view is that a broken glass cannot be mended and this reflects the permanence of marriage. After the wedding a couple will be changed forever. Some consider the fragility of glass as a symbol of the frailty of human relationships. Even as a couple strengthens their relationship with the act of marriage they must remember the care required to maintain this bond as they settle into their life together. No matter what the interpretation, the breaking of the glass is an important part of any Jewish wedding and marks the beginning of a new life together. Mazel tov!