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        Jewish Hair Cutting Ceremony | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

        This video segment from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows a three-year-old boy from a Hasidic Jewish family getting his first haircut. Traditional Jews often wait until a boy turns three before cutting his hair. This first cut, performed during a festive celebration called an upsherin (the Yiddish word meaning to "shear off"), marks the beginning of a boy's formal education, as well as his obligation to keep the commandments and perform good deeds, known as mitzvot in Hebrew.

        Learn more about the Religion & Ethics segment "Belief and Practice: Jewish Hair-Cutting Ceremony."

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