Rachel and Jamil’s Wedding




Recently, I was able to officiate at the wedding of Rachel and Jamil. This wedding took place at the beautiful Davenport House in Savannah. The house was completed in 1820, and it is a fine example of Georgian architecture. The beautiful garden courtyard within the house is an enchanting venue for weddings.

Outside this historic home is the area of one of the colonial gates to the city. The house borders Columbia Square. This oak draped Square is the location for the filming of the blockbuster movie Forest Gump.

On June 2nd, the Davenport house garden was the location for the wedding of Rachel and Jamil. This is a beautiful couple had an interfaith ceremony which blended elements of Jewish and Christian traditions.

At the conclusion of the wedding ceremony, we did the traditional breaking of the glass. This is the explanation that was given:

“There are several reasons why it is customary for a glass to be broken at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony. Symbolically, the breaking of the glass reminds us of the fragile nature of life . The custom has also come to symbolize the shattering of the old and the beginning of the new. The breaking of the glass insures the uniqueness of the moment that arises and passes away, a letting go of the past and looking toward the future. Since this is a ceremony that brings together two people from different religious and cultural backgrounds, let us, with this symbol, become especially mindful of the barriers that people erect between one another, and hope that with the breaking of the glass, we will see a breaking down of the barriers between people and help create a world based on love, unity, peace, and understanding. The breaking of the glass is irrevocable and permanent; so too, may this marriage last an infinity of time – as long as it would take to reassemble the broken pieces of this glass. The breaking of the glass represents a turning point in your lives as you pledge your love today and make a new commitment to one another. This is the time when you turn from living your separate lives to creating a new family together.
After the glass breaks, we must all shout ‘Mazel Tov,’ which in Yiddish is the equivalent of ‘Congratulations!'”

Thank you Rachel and Jamil. And I say to you one more time, “Mozel Tov!”



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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. This post is making me want to go to Savannah soon.

    • Savannah remains one of my favorite cities! Thanks for your comment.

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