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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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46.

tziporah    

wow, pretty amazing when breaking news is that a beard got shaved off lol

1043 days ago
47.

Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

Who?

1043 days ago
48.

bluzzone    

All the wild life must have died in there.

1043 days ago
49.

BB not bb    

What do Rastafarianism and Orthodox Judaism really have in common anyway? His schtick kind of gives me a headache. It would be like Bob Marley playing Klemzner music. I don't really get it.


It seems what the two religions have in common is lots of long hair. Now that that is gone, is he going to be singing punk rock or something? He has a skinhead now.


I think they used to have a band called the Amish Outlaws who played heavy metal or something in those black farmer outfits. I don't know if they were any good, I think they sank into obscurity. It seems like a novelty act to me.

1043 days ago
50.

mattar    

he used religion to get ahead in the music business. Before he had the beard, the hat, and the religious garb, he was just another unrecognized, mediocre wannabe

1043 days ago
51.

Matt    

And this matters how? I'm waiting.... Talk amongst yourselves.

1043 days ago
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Karly     

If you know who Matisyahu is and you are a fan. This is a big Deal.

1043 days ago
53.

dropscience    

Dude needs to get more sleep. Those bags are sagging.

1043 days ago
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john amadasun    

You don;t have to be dread to be a rasta, big...up. matisyahu one love.

1043 days ago
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Misty    

One, do't know the guy. Two, don't care much if he has a beard or not. Three, the only part level of caring I have on the subject is that his beard was ugly as sin and at least now it is gone. Never been a fan of the Deliverance Hillbilly look.

1043 days ago
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john amadasun    

You don't have to be dread to be a rasta. big..up. matisyahu.

1043 days ago
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ralphie    

Grow it back you are uglier without it

1043 days ago
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A. Shindel    

So I guess Matisyahu is letting his "fame" cloud his judgement of religion? Wth- I guess he's going off the derech(path) too. Sad to think that religion is just a "convenience" thing!?!

1043 days ago
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john5oregon    

Remind me again why we're supposed to care?

1043 days ago
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jonathan salazar    

I can't Believe Matisyahu woulddo something like this in a million years.

1043 days ago
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