Breaking the Glass
Traditionally, Jewish weddings don’t end with a kiss or a pronouncement but instead end with the breaking of a glass. Typically, one partner will stomp their foot down on a thin glass that is wrapped in a cloth, though some couples choose to both participate and break two glasses. It can serve as a reminder of the brokenness in the world even on the happiest of occasions, or the fragility of life and relationships.
Lindsey Silken is the director of content at 18Doors based in Natick, MA.