Here's a great tip:
Enter your email address and we'll send you our weekly magazine by email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life, week after week. And it's free.
Oh, and don't forget to like our facebook page too!
Printed from chabad.org
All Departments
Jewish Holidays
TheRebbe.org
Jewish.TV - Video
Jewish Audio
News
Kabbalah Online
JewishWoman.org
Kids Zone
For the first three years of life, children absorbs their parents' love. Then, their education takes a leap—they are ready to produce and share their unique gifts. For a Jewish boy, this transition is marked with a haircutting ceremony—an "upsherin"—on his third Jewish birthday.

The Upsherin

The Upsherin

A Three-Year-Old Jewish Boy's First Haircut

E-mail
For the first three years of life, children absorb their parents' love. Then, their education takes a leap—they are ready to produce and share their unique gifts.

For a Jewish boy, this transition is marked with a haircutting ceremony—an "upsherin"—on his third Jewish birthday.
A Boy's First Haircut
At the age of three, children’s education takes a leap—they are now ready to produce and share their unique gifts. For a Jewish boy, this transition is traditionally marked with a haircutting ceremony.
Musings from the mother of a newly “upsherined” boy
Then it was haircut time. I squeezed my eyes shut, half expecting the same cries I heard at his bris, which seems like it was just yesterday. But when I looked up, he was grinning.
Education is, and always has been, the key to Jewish survival. But the essence of education is the imparting of values, not information.
You can’t exactly walk into a party store and purchase upsherenish decor! Of course, that meant being creative and coming up with some fun decor ideas that were unique, inexpensive and attractive.
An understanding the kabbalistic nature of the Nazirite, and hair in general, sheds light on the inner significance of the Upsherin ceremony.
From Our Library -- An Advanced Guide to the Upsherin
What is an Upsherin? When is it done? What are the customs associated with this event?
A Video Primer for a Boy's First Haircut
An Upsherin is the traditional “first haircut” ceremony held on a boy’s third birthday. This ceremony marks the start of the child’s formal education, and is highlighted by leaving the child’s payot, and his starting to wear a kippah and tzitzit.
5747-5750, 1987-1990
A collage of videos of the Rebbe cutting the hair of three-year-old boys.
Audio | 48:08
Advanced
The Meaning of Upsherenish
The Mitzvah of Peyos
This class explores the reasons and sources for the custom of celebrating a Jewish boy’s first haircut – an Upsherin.
Can I arrange to cut my son’s hair earlier than his third birthday so that my father can be involved?
A Milestone in a Child's Education
The age of three marks a turning point. Until this age, the child was a baby to whom everything was given. From this time onward, he is considered as a developing youngster who responds and takes an active role in his process of education.
FEATURED ON CHABAD.ORG