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Despite disaster, hundreds at Meron for traditional haircuts for young boys

In spite of the overnight disaster, many Haredim are at Mount Meron today to give their boys the traditional upsherin or “halakeh” haircut, and are continuing to celebrate the Lag B’Omer holiday at the site.

The tradition, popular in some religious communities, sees three-year-old boys get their first haircut. And many do so at Mount Meron on Lag B’Omer.

Channel 12 reports from the scene, where hundreds appear to be gathered, with some lighting bonfires and some singing.

“It’s happiness mixed with sadness,” one man tells Channel 12. “We are happy on the one hand, we’re pained on the other, but with Shabbat comes rest. We let go of the sadness and freeze it until after Shabbat.”

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