Upsherin on Lag B’Omer in Meron

According to Jewish tradition, many Jewish boys let their hair grow until their third birthday, when the ritual haircut is celebrated during a ceremony known as an Upsherin or Halakeh. This ritual is connected to several different concepts, including the prohibition against picking the fruit of a tree until it is three years old and marking the point at which a boy has arrived at the “age of reason,” when he becomes obligated in the commandments of sidelocks and tzittzit. Some Jews choose to celebrate this ceremony on the burial site of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Mount Meron in Northern Israel on Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, when Jews are permitted to cut their hair after this period of mourning. This home video (02:08) features a young boy getting his first haircut on Mount Meron on Lag B’Omer. 

 

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