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  • Matisyahu Renounces Orthodox Tag + Look, But Not Religion

    Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:22:49

    Matisyahu Renounces Orthodox Tag + Look, But Not Religion - He has shaved his beard

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    Reggae singer Matisyahu has renounced his Orthodox tag, although he is not renouncing his religion. The singer first posted a photo of himself on Twitter without his signature long beard and side locks. He followed that up with an explanation on his website.

    He said, "This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter. 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."

    He also said that he is still attending prayer services at his synagogue! It's the same Matisyahu, just a lil different.

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    —Katie Sheehan
    12.16.11



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