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  • U.S. top court rules for Muslim inmate over prison beard ban

    January 20, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    An Arkansas policy prohibiting inmates from having beards violated the religious rights of a prisoner who had wanted to grow one in accordance with his Muslim beliefs, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

    The justices, on a 9-0 vote in a closely watched case involving...

  • For Matisyahu, no beard, no entry

    January 29, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Since Matisyahu shaved his beard last year, the former Chasidic reggae musician has been suffering all sorts of blowback. Along with losing his facial hair, sidelocks and the love of some Jewish fans, apparently he’s lost his VIP status in the eyes of club bouncers, too.

    At the...

  • Matisyahu without the beard in music video for ‘Sunshine’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 15, 2012 | 10:58 am

    First Matisyahu shaved his beard, worrying fans that he’d lost his way; then he started to bring it back. Now the Jewish reggae star appears clean-shaven again, as the above teaser for his new song “Sunshine” shows.

    The VideoJew had this reaction:

    Sporting frosted tips, multiple scarves, skinny jeans and no kippah (headcovering), the new baby-faced Matisyahu seems to resemble a love-child between an L.A. hipster and a youth group advisor.

    Unchanged is his voice and musical style, which still reminds us why we love him today.

  • Clean-shaven Matisyahu releases teaser for new song ‘Sunshine’ [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 15, 2012 | 10:36 am

    The “new” Matisyahu released a preview of his upcoming music video for the new song Sunshine this morning. Sporting [what appears to be] frosted tips, multiple scarves, skinny jeans and no kippah (headcovering), the new baby-faced Matisyahu looks like a love-child between an L.A. hipster and a youth group advisor. 

    But image isn’t everything.  Unchanged is his voice and musical style, which still reminds us why we love him today. What do you think of the new appearance?

  • Catching up with Matisyahu (and his beard)

    By Ryan Torok

    March 1, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Like many artists, Matisyahu resists personal praise. Instead, the 32-year-old singer saves it for others — and his music. He described Youssoupha Sidibe, a musician he performs with, as “a very spiritual being … a very incredible musician,” and said their music was “next...

  • Apres le beard: Matisyahu takes the stage in Boulder

    December 19, 2011 | 10:42 am

    When Matisyahu, the 32-year-old Chasidic reggae superstar, appeared onstage for the first time since shaving his trademark beard, no one in the audience at the Boulder Theater seemed surprised.

    The news of his shaving had been widely discussed since the star tweeted a photo of...

  • Opinion: On Matisyahu's beard

    December 19, 2011 | 10:30 am

    On Tuesday, December 13, Chassidic reggae-star Matisyahu Tweeted:

    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...

  • ‘Rabbi, Matisyahu shaved off his beard! Should I shave off mine?’

    December 15, 2011 | 10:47 am

    As if the Jewish world doesn’t have enough problems with Iran on the brink of starting a nuclear war and the radical Muslim Brotherhood making gains in Egypt’s phased elections.

    This week we were rocked by another close shave with disaster: “Chasidic reggae superstar”...

  • Matisyahu talks about the big shave [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 15, 2011 | 8:36 am

    The reggae pop star Matisyahu sent a Twitter message to his followers Tuesday morning announcing that he has shaved his beard.  The video below shows a smooth-cheeked Matisyahu, explaining to New York’s WYNC radio station why he decided to shave his beard.

  • Matisyahu’s Beard Goes Missing, Jewish World in a Panic

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    December 13, 2011 | 8:02 pm

    The Jewish world is in spasms over Matisyahu’s facial hair. Even before I awoke in Los Angeles, text messages were lining up like Chanukah cards from the East Coast, asking “Is it true?” As my witty blogging friend Esther Kustanowitz put it, this was “the beard heard round...

  • Bigger than the beard, Matisyahu move marks ongoing spiritual journey

    December 13, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    The world’s most famous Chasidic Jew has shaved his beard.

    With a declaration Tuesday morning that he was “reclaiming” himself, Jewish music star Matisyahu—a.k.a. Matthew Miller—shaved his signature beard and wrote, “No more Chassidic reggae superstar.”

    The musician posted two...

  • Bearded rabbi allowed to join army without shaving

    December 2, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    A bearded Chabad rabbi has won his battle to join the U.S. Army without shaving his beard.

    Rabbi Menachem Stern, whose approval to serve as an Army Reserve chaplain in 2009 was rescinded because he refused to shave his beard, will be allowed to serve after settling a lawsuit against...

  • Court rejects lawsuit challenging prison beard policy

    July 19, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    A federal appeals court upheld the legality of a New Hampshire prison policy limiting the length of prisoners’ beard.

    The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14 against an Orthodox Jewish former inmate who had challenged the policy.

    The New Hampshire state prison system...

  • Gillibrand presses Army on beard policy

    March 16, 2011 | 10:35 am

    U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Army to modify a regulation banning facial hair in order to allow rabbis to serve as chaplains.

    “It is my understanding that a review of this policy is currently under way at the Department of Defense,” Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) wrote recently to...

  • Rabbi sues Army over beard ban

    December 9, 2010 | 10:47 am

    A rabbi is suing the U.S. Army, saying it refused his services as a chaplain because he would not shave his beard.

    Rabbi Menachem Stern filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday, his law firm, Lewin and Lewin, said in a news release.

    Stern claims the Army...