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Jailed for Refusing to Shave Beard, Emerges from Prison with New One

November 28, 1928
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Having spent four months in military prison for refusal to obey his superior’s order to shave off his beard, in accordance with army regulations. Hirsch Frenkel, Rabbinic student of Tarnopol emerged from prison today with a new beard.

Frenkel faced his beard problem all over again when he rejoined his regiment and declared with the same determination which brought him before the military court which sentenced him to jail that he cannot, in conscience, violate the Biblical injunction against shaving his beard.

The sergeant ordered him to appear in line cleanshaven, but the Rabbinic student addressed a new petition to the military authorities and to Prime Minister Bartel to grant him permission to keep his beard.


A plea for greater financial support on the part of American Jewry for the Hebrew University in Jerusalem was voiced by Dr. I.J. Kligler, head of the Hygiene Department of the University in a talk before the students and faculty of the Training School for Jewish Social Work.

“The Hebrew University is attempting to carry out fundamental research on all subjects pertaining to Jewish history, Jewish literature and the Jewish past and, from a scientific stand-point, it is attempting to investigate all problems confronting life in Palestine in order to build up the country,” Dr. Kliger declared. “In order to carryout its program, the University depends upon support from the Jews of America, particularly.”

Dr. Kliger said that there are approximately fifty members on the university staff, thirty graduate students and two hundred other students listed taking various courses in Judaica and the sciences and that a great amount of money is needed to permit these scholars to carry on their research work. Maurice J. Karpf. director of the training school, presided.

Messages of greetings from leaders throughout the country were received by the Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton, Pa., when the 86th annual anniversary of the Temple was celebrated Friday night. Among the telegrams was one from David Levy, of Bridgeport, Conn., former rabbi of the local temple, and one from Rabbi Solomon Foster, of Newark, who was present at the rededication exercises in 1907. The greetings were read to the congregation during the anniversary services.

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