Tena’im is the Hebrew word for “conditions”. This ceremony refers to a contract setting out the terms of the marriage. The Tena’im ceremony dates back to the third century C.E and it represents a mutual agreement between the bride and groom’s parents. It concerns the date and financial arrangements of the marriage. Often, the signing of the “contract” is accompanied by an engagement party for the couple and their parents. The honor of reading the contract in Aramaic is often given to a prominent rabbi or close friend. After the signing and reading of the Tena’im, a plate is smashed, traditionally by the future mothers-in-law, symbolizing the impending breaks in their relationships with their children, who will soon take responsibility for each others physical needs. In recent years, many rabbis encourage the Tena’im to be scheduled very close to the actual wedding, or even just before the wedding itself, because the tena’im ceremony has a binding effect under Jewish law and requires a “get” (writ of divorce).