Brooklyn Rabbi Can Join U.S. Army With Beard

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Photo: Rabbi Menachem M. Stern

Crown Heights Rabbi Menachem Stern has never shaved in his life and won't be forced to do so in order to join the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. After filing a federal lawsuit arguing for religious freedom and equal protection, Stern has been granted a waiver for his facial hair. Less devout corners of bearded Brooklyn: Don't get any ideas.