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    Why Do We Break a Glass at Jewish Weddings?

    Why Do We Break a Glass at Jewish Weddings?

    Break a Glass at Jewish Weddings
    Mazel tov!
    You may be familiar with the Jewish tradition of the groom breaking the glass at the end of a wedding ceremony. After he crushes it with his right foot, and the guests shout "Mazel tov!" ("Congratulations!")

    But why do we do this?

    • Some view it as a reminder of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Even during this joyous occasion, we still mourn. 
    • Others say the fragility of the glass reminds us of the fragility of relationships. May your relationship not crack like the glass.
    • The loud glass smashing noise is said to scare away evil.
    • The breaking of the glass is symbolic of the couple's breaking with their past lives so that they can create a new family together.

    These days, it isn't just the groom breaking the glass. Often the brides will break their own, and the glass shards come together in a beautiful smash glass giftMake your own tradition.

    However you choose to break a glass on your wedding day, may it be the start to a long and fruitful marriage!



    Top Ways to Impress Your Jewish Man or Woman

    Top Ways to Impress Your Jewish Man or Woman

    Ahava is in the air! So you have a Jewish crush. Whether it is your first date or you have been together for decades, here are our best tips for wooing your Jewish love.

    It's Your First Date: Invest in Yourself

    • Make them laugh! Laughter (and food) is the best way to your love's heart. Come prepared with a few witty jokes or let the Jewish Wisdom Ball do the work for you. LOLz abound!
    • Show your personal style. Dress to impress. You gotta look good! Try a stylish bagel clutch as an easy icebreaker or a matzah yarmulke

    You've Been Dating 3 Months: Keep it Up

    • Plan a unique date. Do they like being outside? Plan a picnic complete with homemade hummus or heart-shaped latkes. Maybe they are more into performances? Surprise them with tickets to a comedy show.
    • Get them something nice! But nothing too crazy. An adorable Teddy Bear or delicate Opal Star of David Earrings will show you are interested but it's not too over the top. 

    You're Together 1 Year: Let's Get Serious

    • Now is the time to show your partner you really care. A special anniversary gift like a Charm Bracelet or Mezuzah Necklace should win you bonus points!
    • Plan an epic anniversary surprise! Whether it's a homemade meal or a dream trip, doing it together will make it special.

    You're Engaged: Be a Supportive Partner

    • First of all, mazel tov! Don't forget to register for Judaica on ModernTribe. We have all the essentials: gorgeous menorahs, unique seder plates, modern Shabbat candlesticks, challah board and more. 
    • Make planning fun. Enjoy the best parts (cake tasting!) and don't stress about the rest. The important thing is you're getting married! And listen to your mother. Always.

    You're Together Forever: Keep the Romance Alive

    • So you found your bershet, this is not a time to slack! Surprise them with something they love often, whether it's a loving card or flowers.
    • Make memories. Put a few keepsakes like ticket stubs, love notes or flower petals in a stunning box and they are yours forever.

    What are your tips for love?

    Top 10 Cool Jewish Wedding Gifts

    Top 10 Cool Jewish Wedding Gifts

    Jewish Wedding Gifts

    Wedding season is in full effect! We love love here at ModernTribe and for any couple beginning a new Jewish life together, there are certainly essential items that make perfect Jewish wedding gifts. We've rounded up our Top 10 Jewish Wedding Gift Ideas - both the useful and the fun!

    Shop all wedding gifts here.

    A gift card to ModernTribe in a lucky increment of 18 also makes a great gift! 18 is the numerical equivalent of the Hebrew word "chai" meaning "life"!

    A beautiful, personalized Jewish wedding gift. The text reads: "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." They will cherish this forever!

    Gifts for Shabbat are the perfect traditional wedding present, and thisJubilant Challah Board by Melanie Dankowicz in stainless steel, and maple wood, brings a whimsical joyousness to your Shabbat table!

    Marriage is all about compromise, but sometimes you want to throw your hands in the air and say Oy Vey! This pillow is perfect for the couple with a sense of humor.

    For the couple that loves to host!  The pomegranate-shaped trivet is filled with blooming wildflowers of Israel. Pretty enough to keep on a table all year!

    In silver or black, starting at $78. Shop the  Blooming Pomegranate Trivet by Melanie Dankowicz here!

    How stunning is this kiddish cup by Michael Aram? A classic gift with a modern design win stainless steel and goldtone edginess.

    Smashing the glass is a traditional part of a Jewish wedding ceremony, and we have lots of gift options for couples wanting to preserve the shards. But these handmade Joy Stember Shabbat candlesticks are one of our favorites, and an opportunity to create a family heirloom to be passed down for generations.

    Bless the couple with joy and happiness, love and friendship. Inscribed on this mezuzah is text from the Sheva Brachot, the seven wedding blessings. Stainless steel is laser cut and then brushed to a shiny finish.

    For the minimalist couple! This Shalom panel wishes them a lifetime of peace. 

    For the fun couple who is all about a good time! (Get it?) A bagel clock really makes a house a home, right?

    1. Moon Path Shabbat Candlesticks
    And the number one cool Jewish gift is...Moon Path Shabbat Candlesticks by Israeli designer Laura Cowan! We love how these candlesticks can also be used as candy or nut dishes and are based on the movement of the moon. Kind of romantic, right?

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    Yes, You Can Register for Judaica for Your Jewish Wedding

    You know your parents' friends are going to buy you Judaica anyway... you might as well get what you want!

    You're engaged, you're planning your wedding, and at least one of you is Jewish. So when you have some downtime from choosing the caterer or finding an officiant, you can do something fun for yourselves - register! And the best part is that registering for gifts for a Jewish wedding can take on a new dimension. Sure, you'll request the basics: crystal, china, towels, a bread machine. But also can take this opportunity to suggest that friends and family help you start out your new life as a Jewish couple with some beautiful Judaica that you may even want to pass down to your children someday...or at least some items that you'll be proud to display in your home during the holidays.

    First, take inventory of what you already have.

    Did you already get a kiddush cup for Shabbat dinner at your bar or bat mitzvah? Do you have a set of candlesticks from your great-grandmother that you already prefer to use to light holiday candles? Or are you starting out fresh and need everything and anything that is available?

    Next, make a list of the holidays that are most important to you.

    Which ones will you really want to celebrate in style, year after year? Then research places offer the Judaica that fits your style and that allow you to create a registry that can be sent to family and friends.

    For what items would you register?

    A sample registry for a Jewish couple just starting out will likely include:
    • A seder and matzah plate for Passover
    • A menorah for Hanukkah
    • Some decorative dreidels and other items for Hanukkah
    • A kiddush cup for use on Shabbat
    Candlesticks for use on Shabbat and other major holidays
    • One or more mezuzahs
    • Decorative items such as groggers for Purim
    • An apple and honey plate for Rosh Hashanah

    Tip: Include a variety of prices.

    The important thing with any registry is to give your guests items for any price range. Feel free to add some extravagant items just in case one person is feeling generous or a group of your friends want to chip in for one big gift, but make sure to also select some smaller, simpler items. This is your opportunity to ask for Judaica that matches your personal style, so choose carefully. Have fun - and mazal tov!