breaking the glass


breaking the glass (brayking thuh GLAS) listen
break the glass (brayk thuh GLAS) listen


  • n. The custom at the end of Jewish weddings for the groom to break a glass under his foot.

  • v. To perform the custom at the end of Jewish weddings of breaking a glass under ons's foot.

Example Sentences

  • "I can't decide whether or not to end the ceremony with the Jewish tradition of breaking a glass." (source)

  • "We're breaking the glass at the end of the ceremony and getting married under a chuppah, but we couldn't find a rabbi who would marry us and were told we're not able to sign a ketubah unless both partners are Jewish." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


  • North America


  • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Alternative Spellings

break the glass


  • "It is common for the guests to respond with a hearty 'mazel tov.' There are many interpretations of this ancient practice; some popular ones include that the breaking of the glass is a reminder of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and that it is a symbol of how fragile relationships are. Often, the broken glass is saved and incorporated in a piece of Judaica, like the stem of a Kiddush Cup or the frame of the couple‚Äôs ketubbah." (JPS)

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