upsherin

Alternative Spellings

opsherin, upsherinish, upshernish, upsherenish

Definitions

  • the first haircut of a 3 year old; [lit. 'cutting off']

Example Sentences

  • "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

Yiddish

Etymology

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

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Notes

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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