We are always so careful in our homes to not break things. We take dishes out cautiously, we place art on the walls in hopes that it doesn't fall, and we lock our pets out of certain rooms where it is too easy to knock something over.
So why do we anxiously and eagerly follow a tradition that involves stomping on something as fragile as a piece of glass?
During a Jewish wedding, a glass cup is traditionally broken as an act of remembrance, a gesture that helps to further illuminate the joy of the marriage. The breaking of the glass is most often said to symbolize the destruction of the Temple. Some romantically consider it to symbolize the end of the beloveds' single lives and the beginning of their lives together as one.
This new life together is sweetened and remembered by the more modern Jewish custom of crafting Judaic wedding art from the pieces of the glass that were broken during the wedding ceremony. Many artists, including Shardz and Gary Rosenthal, offer a variety of stunning and unique wedding-glass art. You can choose from placing your broken glass into a mezuzah that will hang on your doorpost, to a menorah that you will light each Hanukkah, to a beautiful piece of art that you will walk by and look at each and everyday.
Here are the owners of Gallery Judaica at their wedding.
This photo becomes all the more meaningful when placed between the pieces of glass that were broken during the ceremony that bound them in marriage.