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Jewish Men: Watch Out Smashing the Glass Under the Chuppah!

There's more to being a Jewish man than one might think. It can be quite dangerous.

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Asaf and Shunamit Wolberg breaking the glass under the chuppah  at the ruins of the former town of Homesh in northen Samaria.

Asaf and Shunamit Wolberg breaking the glass under the chuppah at the ruins of the former town of Homesh in northen Samaria.
Photo Credit: Michal Fattal / Flash 90



There’s more to being a Jewish man than one might think. It can be quite dangerous, in fact.

Take the issue involving a Jewish man stamping on a glass (sometimes wrapped in an elegant cloth napkin) at the end of his wedding vows, for instance.

The ritual is intended to remind those attending that even at moments of soaring joy, one must remember the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and pray for its return.

But one chatan (bridegroom) now has a warning for future husbands-to-be: be careful when you stomp your glass.

The unnamed chatan cut his foot when he smashed the glass under the chuppah (wedding canopy) at a banquet hall on Rehov Tzfira in Tel Aviv recently.

Hatzolah Emergency Response medic Yehuda Hildeshaim, who was on the scene, treated the injured bridegroom on site. The medic, who said the foot was gashed quite deeply, added that the groom decided he would not go to the hospital until after the rest of the wedding celebrations had concluded.

“We wish the couple ‘mazal tov’ and good health,’ Hildeshaim said.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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  1. Mike Burke says:

    He should have worn better shoes!

  2. Stan Graham says:

    How did this happen? wasn’t the glass well-wrapped? Wasn’t he wearing appropriate shoes?

  3. Wear good shoes, not sandals.

  4. I don’t read any such practice or ceremony in the books of Moses.

  5. I don’t read any such practice or ceremony in the books of Moses.

  6. Donny Reich says:

    The moral of the story, don’t go to your own wedding barefoot.

  7. Oy ! Sounds like an angry groom!

  8. Use the thinest champaign glass and wrap it in a heavy towel!

  9. Lize Bartsch says:

    Ouch!! That must have hurt, hope it never happens again, especially not on one’s wedding night!!!

  10. get better shoes…

  11. This isn’t real news.

  12. I've been thinking it could be dangerous! I hope people will be careful in the future.


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