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Rock Icon Patti Smith -- Hasidic Jew?

11/18/2009 1:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Here's Godmother of Punk Patti Smith, 62, at some event in NYC on Tuesday (left) -- and Hasidic Jewish actor Abe Karpen (right).


Due to religious conflicts, one of them had to back out of playing Natalie Portman's husband in the film "New York I Love You."

We're just sayin'. Oy, gevalt.

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