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  • Calendar June 1 - August 30

    By Laura Donney

    May 28, 2014 | 11:41 am

    TUE | JUN 3


    You’ve seen the banners around the city and we’re here to confirm it: Israel’s favorite son is coming to Los Angeles. Following the triumphs and tribulations of Joseph (son of Jacob and Rachel), the musical is the...

  • Aboard the S.S. Jewlicious

    By Jared Sichel

    March 6, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    Slave hunters, reggae stars, cabaret, slam poetry — it was just another weekend at Jewlicious Festival, the eclectic, diverse Jewish festival put on by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein.

    Jewlicious is a grass-roots organization based in Los Angeles whose aim is to unite Jews of every...

  • Matisyahu on music, religion and life in L.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    March 5, 2014 | 1:58 pm

    Less than 24 hours after performing with the Moshav Band at the Jewlicious Festival in Long Beach late on March 1, musical artist Matisyahu (aka Matthew Miller) was sitting in the bleachers of the frigid L.A. Kings Valley Ice Center in Panorama City, watching two of his sons, Laivy...

  • Cute video of the day: Matisyahu’s kid sings

    June 17, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Nothing says “happy Father’s Day” like your very own kid covering your very own song.

    In this clip, which Matisyahu posted to YouTube (and we saw on Jewcy), the reggae star’s son Shalom sweetly belts out a kiddified version of “Live Like A Warrior.”

    Like father like son…mostly. While the former hasid has lost his peyas, Shalom’s still sporting them.

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: April 6-13, 2013 [YOM HASHOAH CALENDAR]

    By Ryan Torok

    April 3, 2013 | 8:30 am



    This Arab-Jewish ensemble, composed of three members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and four musicians from Israel’s Arab community, performs a concert for peace in honor of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s 65th birthday. Sun. 4-6 p.m. Free. Wilshire...

  • Matisyahu talks about his new religious outlook and appearance [Q & A]

    March 13, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    Cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other, Matisyahu sat down with JTA in his closet-sized dressing room during his European tour to talk about his life, his music, how he's raising his kids, and the recent changes in his religious outlook and physical appearance.


  • 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...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sep. 15-21, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    September 12, 2012 | 10:01 am

    SAT SEPT 15

    “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”
    The feature-length documentary explores the life of the 89-year-old, comic-book legend, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. Directed by Terry Douglas, Nikki Frakes and William Lawrence...

  • Hollywood dybbuk invades suburbia

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 2012 | 8:09 am

    If you thought your daughter’s odd behavior was just another pre-teen phase, there may be an alternate explanation: The Dybbuk is back and has returned to the screen in “The Possession.”

    Rooted in 16th century Jewish mysticism and folklore, a dybbuk is the dislocated spirit of an...

  • Sam Raimi’s latest horror flick draws on ‘true’ tale, Jewish exorcism

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 22, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    Back in 2004, the horror-flicks mogul Sam Raimi was riveted by a Los Angeles Times article headlined “A Jinx in a Box?” which recounted the strange history of a wine cabinet brought to this country by a Polish concentration camp survivor. The box contained “allegedly, one...

  • July 14-19, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    July 11, 2012 | 11:28 am

    SUN | JULY 15
    Matisyahu opens the 13th annual Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium with a pre-game concert on the field. After, enjoy a kosher nosh as you watch the boys in blue (and white) take on the San Diego Padres. Each ticket includes an...

  • Dear Matisyahu

    July 5, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Dear Matisyahu,

    Tonight you performed at the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma, 70 miles from my Dallas home. The distance may seem far, but in Texas proportion, it is right around the corner. I did not attend your concert. I could not. Frankly, I do not plan to see you again. You...

  • Matisyahu’s ‘Spark Seeker’ a Search for Authenticity

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 25, 2012 | 10:34 am

    From the moment that Matisyahu’s new album ‘Spark Seeker’ hits your ears, you realize that the singer/songwriter is on a new journey of self-discovery. Complex, deeply spiritual, worldly, upbeat, at times pop and danceable, transcontinental, and electronic, ‘Spark Seeker’...

  • A rabbi has strong words for Matisyahu

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 25, 2012 | 8:42 am

    When Matisyahu shaved his beard in December, many of his fans worried that the symbolic act signaled a big shift in the Jewish reggae star’s life. No longer would he Hasidic—was he moving away from Judaism as a religion altogether?

    We’ve followed the news around Matisyahu...

  • 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?

  • Matisyahu’s newest look: No kippah [VIDEO]

    June 5, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    The Jewish reggae star is changing his appearance at a pace that could put Lady Gaga to shame. In a video released to promote his recent single “Sunshine,” Matisyahu revealed blond hair and a T-shirt, looking almost unrecognizable from his days as a Chasid. And in a photo Matisyahu posted Sunday on Instagram, he appears to be sans kippah.

  • Matisyahu - a very special ‘One Day’ [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    May 11, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Matisyahu sings One Day with very special guest LUKE WEBER…..live at The Tarrytown Music Hall, Feb 16, 2012.

  • 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...

  • Matisyahu Beard.0: the Jewish reggae star is bringing the beard back

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 15, 2012 | 3:07 pm

    It’s been years since Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu was Lubavitch. And in December he dropped the Chasidic label, too. That came with a clear symbolic act: he shaved his glorious beard.

    At the time he said:

    I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules—lots of...

  • Matisyahu – Rapper, Spitter, Kicker

    By Ilana Angel

    December 23, 2011 | 2:45 pm

    Jewish rapper Matisyahu has been in the news a lot lately.  It all started when he shaved off his beard.  He took to Twitter to share the news and it was a big deal.  Most fans were shocked, and many were confused about what it meant in terms of his faith.  Most were supportive of...

  • 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...

  • Matisyahu Shaves His Beard!

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 13, 2011 | 11:21 am

    The reggae pop star Matisyahu sent a Twitter message to his followers this morning announcing that he has shaved his beard.  The accompanying photo showed a smooth-cheeked Matisyahu posing in front of a mirror, cell-phone camera in hand.

    Along with the pic came a post on Matisyahu’s...

  • ‘Welcome home Gilad’ video featuring Matisyahu’s ‘One Day’

    By JewishJournal

    October 18, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    We’ve seen the photo slideshow, but for some reason, this unofficial mix to Matisyahu’s “One Day,” just says it all. 


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