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Former recruit Fishel Litzman was fired on Friday from the NYPD aftermultiple confrontations with the department over the length of hisbeard. Litzman is Hasidic Jew and believes that cutting his beard isforbidden by God. NYPD rules usually require officers to beclean-shaven. The department makes exceptions for beards kept forreligious purposes, but even then only allows 1 millimeter worth ofgrowth. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says the department's rules arereasonable and Litzman was aware of them when he signed up.