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 gift. Make 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!
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?
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!
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!
Starting at $45. Shop the Personalized Print here.
Gifts for Shabbat are the perfect traditional wedding present, and this modern yet classic wood challah board from Nambé 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 $165. Shop the Blooming Pomegranate Trivet by Melanie Dankowicz here!
How stunning is this kiddish cup by Kate Sapde? A classic gift with a modern design and a funky green color.
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. A mezuzah blesses the home and this acrylic design is a sentimental gift that any Jewish couple will treasure.
For the minimalist couple! This Shalom panel wishes them a lifetime of peace.
Hosting Jewish holidays is all part of starting a new life together. This travel menorah can come with you and is a fresh design that's designed and made in Israel.
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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