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Matisyahu

I Shaved My Big

Jewish Beard

12/13/2011 8:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Matisyahu without beardOrthodox Jew rapper Matisyahu took a razor blade to the face this week ... and shaved off his trademark beard ... or so it seems.

Matisyahu just posted the shorn pics of himself on his Twitter page ... along with the message, "At the break of day I look for you at sunrise ... When the tide comes in I lose my disguise."

We're reaching out to Matisyahu for comment -- we'll fill you in on the beard drama as it unfolds.

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10:38 AM PST -- Matisyahu has posted a blog, explaining his decision to chop his face warmer ... in which he writes, "No more Chassidic reggae superstar."

He adds, "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

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16.

Sasha    

Correction: Matisyahu is not a "JEW Rapper" He is a JewISH! Rapper. It's a very offensive way of describing his Jewish status.

961 days ago
17.

jdub    

He's losing his disguise... So he's really a skinhead?

961 days ago
18.

Jessie    

Who cares,he needs to relax a bit more at www.onlinescratchcardreviews.com

961 days ago
19.

sinu    

Why the free pass on religious jokes? If it were Tim Tebow...

961 days ago
20.

R    

I don't know who he is but he looks hundreds of times better (years off) without that disgusting beard.

961 days ago
21.

ANON    

He didn't use a Razor. Still has stubble: http://yfrog.com/mgj7ezhj

961 days ago
22.

Throwback kid    

Wow, breaking news, hey TMZ don't forget to tell us when K Fed decides to fimally take a shower

961 days ago
23.

LISA    

Wow ! He's good looking.

961 days ago
24.

Ivy    

Matt Miller is back!!

961 days ago
25.

cindy    

Thank God! I was worried that he was hideing small rats in there.

961 days ago
26.

HRH Prince Michael    

Although I'm not familiar with much of his work, I'm extremely impressed by the music that I have heard.

The Beard drama? A Nazirite vow? Moses and Samson -among others- were Nazirs.

Anyway, A Happy and Most Blessed Chanukah, Christmas, and Holiday Season to all! Shalom!

961 days ago
27.

scp2569    

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.

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

961 days ago
28.

Derrick    

Looks like most of you never heard his music. Youtube him! He is a great live artist.

961 days ago
29.

disinter    

OK just listened to it, I wouldn't say it's rap at all. Pretty pure reggae. With that being said it comes off as pretentious hippy crap and it's nothing that hasn't already been done a billion times. This is just basically just another concept of John Lennon's "Imagine". Wonder if he donates all of his profits to peace corp because if not, he's all talk.

961 days ago
30.

privateyak    

HERE THE VIDEO !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bUH8yfCnxY&context=C2f7b1ADOEgsToPDskJa8Oeb_2JZyOSBrJc27737

961 days ago
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