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Doctored Photographs

Scientific American has an article describing how photographs are doctored, something that is much easier today with digital photography. Here are some of the most famous ones throughout history. (hat tip) I don’t think that there is a Jewish figure whose pictures have been doctored as much as those of the late Rebbe of Lubavitch, R. Menachem Mendel (!) Schneerson. Regarding pictures of rabbis see this post. AFAIK the best collection and analysis of Rebbe photographys is Larger Than Life by Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch. Here is one of the easier to spot doctored photographs (hint: look at the kippah).

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For more Rebbe pictures see here.

One Response to “Doctored Photographs”

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    Avakesh:

    Giluy Rosh has a different significance now than it did then. In Germany it was minhag hamakom and, I think , perfectly halachically acceptable. I heard testimony onece removed from R. YD Soloveitchik that the Rebbe did not cover his head when sitting in classes. However, he also went to the Mikvah every day after the classes (in R. Kowalsky’s memoirs – http://www.amazon.com/My-Zaidys-House-Sholem-Kowalsky/dp/097023600X).

    A story about Rebbe Maharash talking to R. Salanter about the issue of covering the head which was proscribed at the mineral baths is cited at:http://www.aishdas.org/raek/2derachim.pdf
    R. Mahrash apparently wore a wig.

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