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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.

Upsherinish

Upsherinish

A Milestone in a Child's Education

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A parent who brings his child to the milestones in his life seeks a straight path. He does not want to grope or search for what could be right. Instead, he wants to take his child by the hand and lead him down a well-paved road.

This is the advantage of following the guidance of our Jewish tradition. There is ample room for creativity and personal expression, but there are clear guidelines and directives. A parent takes his child on the path which our people have tread for thousands of years.

The first steps the child takes down this path are very significant. In that vein, 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.

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Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org October 2, 2008

A gift that has Jewish connotations is nice, a stuffed Torah, a Jewish puzzle, an age appropriate book are all good ideas. You can find suggestions online at our online judaica store. Reply

Anonymous Montreal, Quebec/Canada September 30, 2008

I am invited to the upsehrinish of my rabbii's son and I was wondering what type of gift should I bring them. Reply

Bassy July 18, 2008

girls celebrate becoming 3 by lighting their first shabbat candle. Reply

ahuva gamliel June 21, 2008

how do we acknowledge/celebrate when girls reach this important time?

does she like hebrew letters in honey? have a haircut?

why not? Reply