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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jewish Reggae Star Matisyahu Shaved His Trademark Beard

Hasidic Reggae superstar on Tuesday tweeted a photo of him without his trademark long beard. After if follows a tweet which reads, “At the break of day I look for you at sunrise When the tide comes in I lose my disguise.”  a line taken from "Thunder," a song off his album "Light".

On a blog posted on his website he later wrote, "No more Chassidic reggae superstar. Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias.
 When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process.  It was my choice.  My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life.  At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity…to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth.  I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules—lots of them—or else I would somehow fall apart.  I am reclaiming myself.  Trusting my goodness and my divine mission. Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth.  And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry…you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.”

Despite the new look, Matisyahu sought to reassured his fans that he hasn't lost his Jewish faith and this move is in now way intended to indicate that.

"For all of those who are being awesome, you are awesome. For all those who are confused: Today I went to the Mikvah and Shul just like yesterday," he tweeted.

What do you think? Will his message and music style change?


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