Monday, August 27, 2007

Mara's Getting Married

My friend Mara is getting married in less than two weeks and I have the pleasure and honor of adding a few Moda di Magno touches to the event. I am making her veil and yesterday I made a velvet pouch to hold the glass that her husband-to-be will break during the ceremony.

This was the best explanation for that particular wedding tradition:

At the conclusion of the blessing, the Rabbi will ask the best man to place a wine glass, wrapped in a white cloth or in a special bag the couple provides, under the bridegroom's right foot. There are nearly as many interpretations of the meaning of the breaking of the glass as there are Rabbis. The bridegroom will break it, symbolizing: the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, man's short life on earth; that even in the midst of the happy occasion we should not forget that sorrow and death are also ahead.

After the glass is broken, the guests shout "Mazel Tov," clap their hands, embrace and sing as the couple departs. (The shattered glass may then be kept as a keepsake in a velvet pouch.) The bride and bridegroom will kiss immediately after being declared "man and wife" and then run up the aisle into a Yichud (a private space.)

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