Re: Upsherin (cutting hair of 3 yr old)

Avery Kornbluth (averyk@lehman.com)
Wed, 9 Jul 1997 11:02:26 -0400

FarkasP@aol.com wrote:
<< My son is approaching his third birthday. My wife and I have decided to
honor the custom of my Hungarian/Chassidic ancestors, and not cut his hair
until his third birthday, when we will have an upsherin
ceremony/celebration. I've been searching for information about this
custom, but have been unable to locate anything. Any source material you
can direct me to, or any explanation or understanding of this custom which
you can provide, would be most appreciated. >>

has not yet reached the age of 'chinuch'(education)- and we wait until 3 to
begin teaching him the mitzvot(commandments). Supposedly this may allow
him to 'sow his wild oats' or it may just be the age of when he can begin
understanding the reasons for things.

By cutting his hair we are enabling him to perform the mitzva of having
'payot' (not cutting the corners of his head hair) for the first time. Many
people also do not let the boy wear a yarlmuka until after his first haircut.

btw..Mazel Tov :)

Avery Kornbluth
email: averyk@lehman.com