- 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.
So you're planning the Jewish wedding of your dreams. Mazel tov! It's never too early to put together your Jewish registry. It's one of the most fun parts (besides cake testing. Mmmm, cake.)
But where do you start? First of all, don't browse alone. Bring your fiance and shop together! These should be gifts you both love. Also, think of the long-term. While you may still go over to your Aunt Rebecca's house for Passover Seder now, down the road you may want to host with your own children. Invest in gorgeous Judaica now that you'll have for years. Your guests want to get you something special that will remind you of them every time you use it. Now, what to get?
Start with these essentials:
Shabbat - we usher in the Jewish Sabbath by lighting candles and blessing the wine and challah.
Rosh Hashanah - we dip apples in honey for a sweet New Year!
Passover - we commemorate the Jewish exodus from Egypt with a Seder (order) meal
Hanukkah - we light the menorah and play dreidel to commemorate the miracle of the Maccabee's oil lasting 8 days
- Tzedakah Box - for charity
- Mezuzah and Mezuzah Scroll - a blessing for your home
- Fun Kitchen Items (Bagel Plates, Yiddish Bowls and more!)
- Jewish Touches for the Home and Jewish Art