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

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 15, 2012 | 3:07 pm

Matisyahu and son, via his Twitter.

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 them—or else I would somehow fall apart.  I am reclaiming myself.  Trusting my goodness and my divine mission

Fans were concerned that this was an indication of personal spiritual struggles. Maybe they’ll take peace in this news: Matisyahu is bringing the beard back. That much can be seen from the image (right) that he tweeted.

So why the change of heart? Did Matisyahu just need a change of pace? Or is he indicating another spiritual shift?

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