Love of the Land

For the week ending 1 May 2010 / 16 Iyyar 5770

Meron The Holy Haircut

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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As Jews throughout Israel and the world gather on Lag B'Omer at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai in Meron, many of them will be parents bringing their three-year old son for his chalake – the traditional first cutting of his hair.

One of the most touching sights on this day, which is the anniversary of the death of the great Sage, is that of little boys with long pre-haircut hair dancing on the shoulders of their fathers while all around them Jews are singing the praise of Rabbi Shimon.

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