Photograph of an upshering at a Lubavitcher synagogue in Toronto, Nov. 1978, with barber, Max Eines. Upsherenish is Yiddish for the haircutting ceremony when a child turns three-years old, and begins a new stage of development as a Jew. A boy receives his first haircut, in which he leaves the payot (sidelocks) as prescribed by the Torah; he also receives his first set of tzitzit (fringes) and kipah (skullcap). During the Omer period, haircuts are not permitted as a sign of mourning over the deaths of Rabbi Akiva's disciples. Lag BaOmer, however, is a day of joy, on which all the rules of mourning during the Omer period are suspended. Therefore, on Lag BaOmer, there are always lots of little three-year old Jewish boys who have been waiting since Passover to have their first haircut.
The elderly man to the right of the boy is his grandfather, Mr. Parshan, who is participating in the ceremony by cutting off locks of his grandson's hair.
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