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To Beard Or Not To Beard

The big news of the week has apparently not been the explosion in Iran, Time Magazine’s choice of person of the year, or even the fallout from Newt Gingrich’s comments on “palestinians.” 

No sirree. Judging by the buzz, it has apparently been Chassidic Reggae Superstar Matisyhau’s decision to shave off his beard!

In the wake of his hair-raising yet-somewhat-cryptic announcement, speculation mounted. Had the artist formerly known as Matt done an REM and lost his religion? Or was this a close encounter with his shaver of a more superficial kind?

Matisyahu first alluded to the fact that he had not turned away from Judaism the day after his initial announcement, tweeting:

For all those who are confused:today I went to the Mikva and Shul just like yesterday

But in a subsequent tweet, he wrote:

Thought of an analogy on the way home from Shul this morning. Everyone was walking with plastic bags picking up there dog’s shit.

Apparently, he had not only shaved off his beard, but also developed a bit of a potty mouth (plus bad grammar, although that may have always been there).

This, however, did not mean he was no longer an Orthodox Jew. After all, I am one, and I tend to swear like a banshee (I like to blame it on my Australian upbringing).

Anyway, if there was still any doubt where Matisyahu stood in terms of his religious observance, I present you the following: 

Ok, now that we have cleared that up, can we get back to worrying about Iran’s march towards a nuclear weapon?

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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