Why Does the Groom Crush a Glass With His Foot At a Jewish Wedding and Where Did the Custom Originate?

Near the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony, after the vows have been made, wine is poured into a new glass and a blessing is recited over it by the rabbi.

After the couple drinks from the glass, it is placed on the ground and crushed by the groom’s foot.

This symbolizes the destruction of the Holy Temple in Israel and reminds guests that love is fragile.

Those gathered shout “mazel tov,” and the couple kisses.

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