• Tue, Dec 13 2011

Matisyahu Shaves His Beard, Renounces His Hasidism


Here’s a name you probably haven’t heard in a while: Matisyahu, the Hassidic rapper, is a Hasid no more. The singer tweeted a couple photos of his shaven face (an act previously forbidden to him) and explained his change of heart:

“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 … At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity … 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 isn’t renouncing his Judiasn altogether, however, and far from it — today, Matisyahu posted a follow-up tweet saying, “For all of those who are being awesome,you are awesome.For all those who are confused:today I went to the Mikva and Shul just like yesterday.”

For you gentiles out there, that means he went to the ritual baths and to his synagogue. Is it just us, or is the dude super hot? Here’s another photo in case you aren’t convinced:

(via Vulture)

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  • Charisse

    I would not have guessed that was under all those face pubes.

    I’m a fan.

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