Child survivor of the Holocaust and previous Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, was once asked why he always focused on the glass being half full rather than half empty. He responded with the simple yet inspiring words 'you can't drink from the empty half.'
Before we end any Jewish wedding, we smash a glass in its entirety, in order to remember the destruction that we fast for today. But soon after, we drink l'chayim, to life. Today we didn’t drink from any glass, commemorating the attempted destruction of our people, but tonight, we drink from the half full glass as we toast and pray for a brighter future for all of humanity.