opsherin, upsherinish, upshernish, upsherenish
- the first haircut of a 3 year old; [lit. 'cutting off']
- "We are going up the hill to celebrate Itzhik's upsherin."
- "Can someone please give me the words to the poems that people use on the classic upshernish invitations" (http://www.imamother.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9440)
Languages of Origin
אָפּשערן ópshern 'cut, shear; give a haircut', אָפּשערעניש ópsherenish 'a haircut (esp. in the context found in the definition above)'
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Originally a Hasidic custom that has become popular with non-Hasidic, religious Jews. It stems from the halachic principle that a child begins religious education at 3 years old.
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