Matisyahu Explains About the Beard Thing

Matisyahu did a radio interview on WNYC where he discussed his reasons for shaving off his beard and payos. Apparently he is still going to the synagogue, still hitting the mikveh and still rocking a big ol’ kippah. Below is the video of the interview in two parts. It doesn’t seem as if he’s given up on his Judaism and he remains soft spoken, understated and modest.

Part 1

Part 2

So what’s your take on Matisyahu’s “transformation?” Is he selling out? Or is this a non-story?

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  1. themiddle

    12/15/2011 at 1:43 am

    I’m trying to picture Rav Shmuel doing this…

  2. Eden

    12/15/2011 at 4:35 am

    Lol about Rav Shmuel. I guess the number of times people mistake him for Matis is going to decrease…or at least some people are going to be very confused ๐Ÿ™‚

    Maybe RY or someone else can help me out here, but it appears that he shaved off his peyos too…isn’t that a bigger deal than the beard? This whole thing brings up really interesting questions about identity, faith, personal choice, etc. which are really much bigger than this one man and his beard. I’m enjoying the conversation.

  3. josh

    12/28/2011 at 10:55 am

    video reply to Matisyahu

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