Matisyahu Did a Lot More Than Shave Off His Beard

A few weeks ago, when Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu ditched his beard, it was a big shift in his career and personal paths. But he did a lot more than simply give up Orthodoxy - according to the Forward, Matis has moved from New York to L.A. and is pursuing an acting career. His first role is as a rabbi in the horror movie The Possession, which comes out in August and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. That doesn't mean he is ditching music completely, though - his new album is … [Read more...]

Hasidic Rapper Matisyahu Has Shaved His Beard

Hasidic Jewish rapper Matisyahu (who filmed a music video in front of my old apartment building one time--true story!) has shaved off his beard. While that doesn't seem like a big deal on the surface, it could mean something much more significant.Matis famously grew up in a non-religious Jewish family and became a baal teshuva, the Hebrew term for someone who adopts Orthodox Judaism voluntarily as an adult. As he grew famous, he stayed true to his identity, refusing to perform on Shabbat and … [Read more...]