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Mendel's Upshernish

Mendel's Upshernish

Palm Beach Daily News | May 12, 2017

 

Family to celebrate Jewish milestone at Town Square in Palm Beach

Palm Beach Daily News
Friday, May 12, 2017

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Mendel Levitin sits in the Town Hall Square garden listening to his father, Rabbi Zalman Levitin, teach
him the Aleph Bet as part of his preparation for his
third birthday Sunday, marking his formal entrance
into his Jewish education. At that time, his hair will be cut for the first time, known in Yiddish as Upshernish. Photo by Nadia Tyson Photography


The Levitins are inviting the Palm Beach community to celebrate a milestone in son Mendel’s life Sunday — his first haircut and third birthday.

Mendel’s Upshernish and Lag B’Omer Brunch, hosted by Hindel and Rabbi Zalman Levitin of The Chabad House, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Square garden.

“At the age of 3, children’s education takes a leap,” said the rabbi. “Little boys are now ready to begin wearing kippah (Jewish cap) and tzitzit (tassels) and learning the Aleph Bet (Hebrew alphabet). This transition is marked with a ceremony called an Upshernish, a boy’s first haircut.”

The celebration will feature town fire-rescue trucks, fire-rescue cone spraying for children, a climb-the-rescue-training tower and a thank you to firefighters. “Mendelstops to gape in awe at the trucks and firemen working to keep our town safe,” says the rabbi.

Mendel’s five sisters will be in attendance, too.

The holiday Lag B’Omer — the 33rd day of the Omer — is the anniversary of the death of sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar, the foundation for Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.

To RSVP, email hindelle@gmail.com or call 420-5000.

 

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