Matisyahu Shaves His Beard, Says 'No More Hassidic Reggae Superstar'

The Jewish reggae star who brought much pride to the Orthodox community posts message on Twitter explaining, 'I am reclaiming myself'.

Reggae star Matisyahu has shaved his long beard, posted photos of his startling new look on Twitter, and is now saying that he is disavowing the Hassidic life he has led for the past decade.

Tuesday morning, with the photos, he tweeted a somewhat cryptic line that seemed to explain at least part of his new look: "At the break of day I look for you at sunrise, when the tide comes in I lose my disguise."

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A self-portrait posted by Matisyahu on Twitter announcing he had shaved his beard.Matisyahu

Later in the day he posted on his blog a statement indicating the magnitude of the change: "This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter. No more Hassidic reggae superstar."

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