A short while ago, Hassidic reggae artist Matisyahu Miller posted photos of himself on Twitter – less his iconic beard, along with the caption: “At the break of day I look for you at sunrise, when the tide comes in I lose my disguise.” Update: Matisyahu comments. 2nd Update: Matisyahu says he is still observant. [in the extended article].
Update: Note from Matisyahu
This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter.
No more Chassidic reggae superstar.
Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life. At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity…to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. 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.
Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth. And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry…you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.
Update: Matisyahu posted a follow up tweet later today:
“For all of those who are being awesome,you are awesome. For all those who are confused: today I went to the Mikva and Shul just like yesterday.”