Since Matisyahu shaved his beard last year, the former Chasidic reggae musician has been suffering all sorts of blowback.
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 level” in a Tweet that linked to a recording of their recent jam.
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.
On Tuesday, December 13, Chassidic reggae-star Matisyahu Tweeted: This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter. No more Chassidic reggae superstar.
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.
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."
A bearded Chabad rabbi has won his battle to join the U.S. Army without shaving his beard.
A federal appeals court upheld the legality of a New Hampshire prison policy limiting the length of prisoners’ beard.
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 Army Secretary John McHugh. "I write to strongly urge that while this review is ongoing, the Army grant waivers of this policy to prospective chaplains who are otherwise fully qualified to serve."
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 rejected his application to serve as a chaplain only because he would not shave his beard as a matter of conscience.