Alternative Spellings

opsherin, upsherinish, upshernish, upsherenish


  • 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" (

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


North America


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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