For those of you who read the Algemeiner his name and work in the renewal of Yiddish (at least among secular Jews and Gentiles) is quite familiar. I just never imagined him to look like this:
(Photo: Vilna Yiddish Institute)
Was it the Yiddish that made look like that? Is it a Russian (Rasputin) thing?
Well, at least we know this much: He's not עובר on לא תקיפו פאת ראשכם and not on ופאת זקנם לא תגלחון, which is more than some of our Yeshivishe friends can say........
All in good fun, relax.