What Do These Religious Figures and Hipsters Have in Common?

Beards have always been a symbol of knowledge, spirituality and masculinity. At Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate, Associated Press photographer Oded Balilty has put together this amazing series of portraits making the connection between contemporary trends and tradition

Oded Balilty
Men pose for portraits in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Credit: Oded Balilty/AP

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Tzvi Schiff, a, Ultra-Orthodox Jew, poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Tzvi Schiff, a, Ultra-Orthodox Jew, poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018. Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Ebrahim Hamada poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Ebrahim Hamada poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Eitan Press of Aleph Male, a beard balm business poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Eitan Press of Aleph Male, a beard balm business poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Russian priest George Olhovic poses for a portrait in Jerusalem Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Russian priest George Olhovic poses for a portrait in Jerusalem Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Israeli Sebastian Tutual poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Israeli Sebastian Tutual poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Efraim Grois, a Jewish Ultra-Orthodox poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Efraim Grois, a Jewish Ultra-Orthodox poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Palestinian Ahmed Jweles poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Palestinian Ahmed Jweles poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Israeli Lenny Boss poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Israeli Lenny Boss poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Palestinian Mohammed Asmai poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Palestinian Mohammed Asmai poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Antonius Orshalimy, Secretary of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Jerusalem poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.
Antonius Orshalimy, Secretary of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Jerusalem poses for a portrait in Jerusalem's Old City, Feb. 11, 2018.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP

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