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Matisyahu and the beard. Still going to synagogue
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Matisyahu shaves off his beard
Hasidic reggae star is on new religious path, but it's unclear whether he's leaving Orthodoxy
New York City-based Hasidic reggae superstar Matisyahu is on a new religious path, but it's unclear which one.

 

The Jewish singer shaved off his beard and posted the bare-faced photos Tuesday on Twitter. He says on his website he once felt the need for lots of religious rules so he wouldn't fall apart. Now he says he's reclaiming himself.


מתיסיהו אחרי. תמונתו כפי שפורסמה בחשבון הטוויטר שלו

Matisyahu's new look as posted on Twitter

 

But it's unclear whether he's leaving Orthodoxy. He says he's still going to synagogue each day.

 

His spokeswoman says he isn't giving interviews.

 

Matisyahu was a musical curiosity who became a mainstream star after his 2004 debut, "Shake Off The Dust ... Arise." He sported the bushy beard, flat-brimmed black hat, black pants and white shirt worn by Hasidic men.

 

His biggest single, "King Without a Crown," was a crossover hit.

 

 

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