Why did Moses, King David and Jake Gyllenhaal sport beards?

Perhaps it was the rage at the time, or maybe there is a spiritual component to those fluffy beards.

The rabbis of the Talmud considered beards attractive — referring to them as hadrat panim, (the splendor of one’s face).

In Kabbalah, a man’s beard not only represents Creation of the world being divinely inspired by the Holy One, but it also symbolizes God’s mercy

Jewish or not, beards have come back in style.

Here are some awesome beards to guide you on your scruffy journey!

#1 The Hasid

This scene is from Annie Hall when the Woody Allen character, Alvy Singer, is with Annie Hall’s family for Easter dinner. Earlier in the movie, Annie had said to Alvy, “You’re what Grammy Hall would call ‘a real Jew.’”

In an aside to the audience, Alvy points Grammy out as a big Jew-hater, and then the movie cuts to how Alvy imagines she sees him: It’s the iconic image of Woody Allen dressed as a Hasidic Jew with a big beard, payos and the whole black outfit.

If Woody Allen can pull it off, so can you!

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