Thursday, February 16, 2012

Jewish rapper Matisyahu is letting his beard grow back 

For fans of Matisyahu's signature bushy beard, it was nice to see the latest photo the Jewish singer tweeted of himself (with his young son) last week.

His grey-brown facial hair is filling in a month since he shocked fans and fellow Jews by going clean-shaven. He spent years performing religious-themed reggae-rap with that beard, an outward sign of his Hasidic beliefs as a member of the Chabad-Lubavich community.

In December 2011, Matisyahu offered vague explanations for why the beard was gone, citing his continuing journey through Jewish spirituality, and promised that it would be back.

"Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth," he blogged. "And for those concerned with my naked face, don't worry…you haven't seen the last of my facial hair."

His decision to let go of his "big, Jewish beard" made headlines everywhere from TMZ to Rolling Stone, plus plenty of music and Jewish blogs.

Matisyahu is best known for his 2005 hit "King Without A Crown."


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