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Nation IN BRIEF : NEW YORK : Computer Art Gives Rabbi Close Shave

December 29, 1994|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

State prison officials agreed to accept a computer image of a cleanshaven Hasidic rabbi instead of forcing the imprisoned orthodox Jew to shave his beard and sideburns. Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans, 32, claimed shaving his facial hair to satisfy prison requirements for photos of inmates violated his religious beliefs, Gerald Shargel, his lawyer, said. Helbrans was convicted of masterminding the kidnaping of one of his teen-age students in religious instruction.

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