'Donate first haircut to child cancer patients'

Organization calls on public not to let halake haircut of 3-year-olds go to waste, while helping cancer patient kids celebrate Lag B'Omer.

Chaim Lev ,

Halake first haircut (illustration)
Halake first haircut (illustration)
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There is a Jewish tradition to give boys their first haircut - known as halake - at age three on Lag B'Omer which falls on Thursday, and in order to capitalize on the trimming, one organization is calling to donate the hair to children suffering from cancer.

Lev Malka is calling on the public not to let all that good hair go to waste, and instead to donate it to them in order to make wigs for young cancer patients.

Rabbi Aharon Averman, chair of the organization, said, "a wig can give a good feeling to child cancer patients who are embarrassed to leave their homes without hair."

"Last year over 250 parents who gave their three-year-old sons a haircut succeeded in easing the suffering of cancer patients by giving the hair of their children," he added.

This year, for the fourth year in a row, the organization brought 40 children suffering from cancer in wheelchairs to join the festivities at the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi) in Meron on Lag B'Omer, the day of his passing.

Lev Malka, which focuses on aiding cancer patients, organized a team of drivers and volunteers to help the children join the Lag B'Omer celebrations in Meron free of charge.