Why does Josh break a glass at the end of the ceremony?

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Why does Josh break a glass at the end of the ceremony?

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We are commanded, even in times of extreme joy, to remember the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Shattering glass creates a loud, sharp noise that should pierce our ears and our hearts, reminding us of the Temple’s glass gate that King Solomon built especially for bridegrooms. Breaking a glass also recalls Moses’s breaking of the first tablets of the Law upon seeing the golden calf at Mount Sinai. It is appropriate to greet the couple with “Mazal Tov! ” (literally, “Good Luck!”) after breaking the glass, alluding to the verse: “He who has found a wife has found goodness (tov ), and he has brought favor from God” (Proverbs 18:22). However we take a moment to remember the destruction of the Temples, and to reflect on the verses that will be sung before breaking the glass: If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you; if I do not place Jerusalem above my highest joy.

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