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The Top 10 Greatest Jewish Mustaches of All-Time

In honour of Movember, we look at Jews who knew how to rock the 'stache

By: Shalom Life Team

Published: November 2nd, 2012 in Health » World

Billed as “Changing the Face of Men’s Health”, every November “Movember” sees the sprouting of facial hair under the lips of men around the world. And, it’s far from a frivolous activity, with men using their new and often unusual moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.

And, when it comes to facial hair, few cultures are so closely identified by beards than are the Jews, but we are a people who can also cultivate some pretty impressive hair above the ears, too. So, in honour of Movember, Shalom Life is proud to present to you, the “Top Ten Jewish Mustaches of All Time.”


The Visionary: Stan Lee – 89 year-young Stan Lee’s greatest achievement is that he’s actually cooler than the characters he created. Spiderman, the Hulk, the X-Men, Ironman, Thor…pretty much our childhood memories were created by Stanley Martin Lieber, and yet he somehow still manages to outshine all of them with that perfect, not too-wild, not too-groomed, moustache.

So as our top 10 list shows, with great talent must also come…a great moustache!

The Philosopher: Friedrich Nietzche - Nietzsche, who rocked a dynamite mo’, was a German Jewish philosopher, essayist, and cultural critic, who passed away in 1900. Despite his death more than a century ago, his writings on truth, morality, language, aesthetics, cultural theory, history, nihilism, power, consciousness, and the meaning of existence, have left an indelible mark on Western philosophy.

Perhaps known for his views on “the death of God,” Nietzsche also predicted the dissolution of traditional religion and metaphysics. Some interpreters of Nietzsche believe he embraced nihilism, rejected philosophical reasoning, and promoted a literary exploration of the human condition, while not being concerned with gaining truth and knowledge in the traditional sense of those terms. However, others who studied his writings believe that in attempting to counteract the predicted rise of nihilism, he was engaged in a positive program to reaffirm life, and so he called for a radical, naturalistic rethinking of the nature of human existence, knowledge, and morality. Regardless of which interpretation you choose to accept, there is no arguing that his “Jewstache” will go down in the annals of history, as impressive.

The Olympian: Mark Spitz - Truly a Jewish and Olympic icon, Mark Spits always marched….that is, swam, to a different drummer.

Named World Swimmer of the Year in 1967, 1971, and 1972, and winner of seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics, Spitz, in an era where all other swimmers were shaving all of their body hair in an attempt to be as streamlined and aerodynamically efficient as possible, Spitz could be the Movember spokesman, as he knew, even back then, the importance of keeping his famous mustache on. And clearly, a hairy upper lip did nothing to slow this man down!

Read our exclusive interview with Spitz here.

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