Shock, horror: Mattisyahu shaves his beard, sheds his sect

The reggae singer who went Chassidic is now going somewhere else. Mattisyahu has tweeted a beardless shot of himself Matisyahu posted pictures of himself on Twitter after shaving his signature beard, Dec. 13, 2011. (Photo via Twitter)

and announced a split with the Chabad movement that brought him back to devout Jewish observance.

Where he’s going next is unclear, though it is major-network news in the US.

I was much taken by his energy and sincerity when we talked five years ago and hope some of that will carry over into his next incarnation. One thing is certain, he says: No more Chassidic reggae superstar.

I guess that leaves a gap in the market. Any takers?

Matsiyahu, pictured with and without his beard

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