Matisyahu Shaved his Face!

Say so long to Matisyahu the obvious Jew and hello to Matisyahu, the artist formerly known as the only known reggae-rapping Chassidic Jew. He took a blade to his face, and with it he gained freedoms, and a kind of creepy prison-looking instagram. Who knew that underneath the tufts of facial hair and pais was a cute, skinny? Eminemish lookin’ dude. He posted his reasoning behind the shearing on his blog this morning – read it here.

Matisyahu shaves beard

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.

- Matisyahu


before and after the beard matisyahu

What do you think of the new look?