Thursday, December 15, 2011

Beardless Matisyahu explains himself. Sort of.

OK, so by now, you've probably heard that Orthodox Jewish reggae superstar Matisyahu has shaved his beard.

Fans were left wondering what the future held for the "One Day" singer after he posted a photo on Twitter of his clean-shaven face, as well as a statement on his website that said:

“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.”

He followed his statement up with another Twitter message to reassure his fans that beard or no beard, he's still a committed Jew.

“For all those who are confused: Today I went to the Mikva and Shul just like yesterday," he tweeted.

Earlier this week, Matisyahu was interviewed at a New York City radio station about his new look and what it all means. Although he was pretty vague and didn't really give much insight into what led him to get rid of the facial hair he'd been sporting for 10 years, the videos are still worth a listen.

It's kind of refreshing that a guy who has such a powerful, musical voice, is so soft-spoken.

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