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Breaking of the Glass Explained

One of the best known Jewish wedding customs is breaking a glass. Usually the groom breaks a wineglass under his heel at the end of the ceremony under the huppah. (In some egalitarian ceremonies, the couple breaks the glass together.) There are many ways to explain this custom that invest it with meaning for the couple and their community. Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn gives a great one here to an interfaith couple at their wedding.

Hebrew for "canopy" or "covering," the structure (open on all four sides) under which a Jewish wedding ceremony takes place. In its simplest for, it consists of a cloth, sheet, or tallit stretched or supported over four poles. Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn

Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn is the spiritual leader of the New Reform Temple in Kansas City, Mo.

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