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...]