Daily Israel Report

Groom Undaunted by Deep Cut Breaking Glass

Tragedy under a Tel Aviv chuppah as groom cut breaking glass according to Jewish tradition; decides to keep celebrating.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 5/11/2014, 10:29 PM

The wedding custom of breaking a glass (file)
The wedding custom of breaking a glass (file)
Flash 90

A wedding in Tel Aviv was marred on Sunday, as the Jewish tradition of breaking a glass under the chuppah (wedding canopy), in memory of the destruction of the First and Second Temples, left the groom with a deep cut in his foot.

The marital mishap occurred at an event hall on Hatzfira Street in Tel Aviv.

However, the groom was not about to let a deep cut keep him from merry-making on his wedding night.

After United Hatzalah medics gave the groom first aid, the undaunted newly-wed continued with the celebrations, not allowing the cut to put a damper on the festivities.

Yehuda Hildesheim, a United Hatzalah medic that helped treat the groom, remarked "the groom, who suffered from a deep cut in his foot, decided that only after the end of the wedding festivities he will go to receive continued medical treatment at the hospital."

Former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z''l in 2010 criticized the custom of breaking glass at Jewish weddings, saying it in many cases leads to "foolishness and lightheadedness," instead of the intended mourning for the loss of the Holy Temples. He added that if not for the weight of Jewish tradition, it should be eliminated altogether.