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Breaking of the Glass

The symbolic smashing of the glass by the Chatan at the conclusion of the ceremony at a Jewish wedding.
At the conclusion of the blessings, the groom breaks the glass with his right foot. Traditionally, this custom was incorporated into the ceremony to remind everyone that even at the moment of greatest rejoicing, the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem must be remembered. The breaking also represents fragility of personal relationships. The glass is shattered with the implication that the marriage should always remain intact. Finally, the breaking of the glass represents symbolically the breaking of the hymen, and the consummation of the marriage.

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