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tering of the ultimate temple, the soul. Before birth, the two soulmates are believed to be one soul, separated when born into this world, with the mission to find each other and reunite. While apart, the souls develop as individu- als only to reunite under the chupah, or marriage canopy. When the glass is shattered, the congratulatory wish of “Mazel Tov!” is immediately shouted. The parallel is that the Temple was not just a building. It was where heaven and earth could meet. When the temple was ruined, the Jewish people were ripped away from their soulmate, God. The only healing to this fragmented soul is unity. Marriage is the ultimate unity, so the glass is shattered to remind the Jewish couple that ultimate healing comes when they are united with their ultimate Soulmate.


At the end of the celebration, many couples will drive away with a string of cans or shoes tied to the bumper of the getaway car. The tradition of the cans comes from the practice of shivaree, where friends and family would come to the window of the newlyweds and beat pots and pans together until they


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