Matisyahu Shaves Off Beard, Talks Religion

“At the break of day I look for you at sunrise When the tide comes in I lose my disguise,”

This was the tweet that went out from Chassidic (well, those days are over) Reggae Star Matisyahu put out this morning before releasing pictures showing that he shaved his beard and head.

He wrote on his website “”Sorry folks, all you get is me … no alias,” the statement reads. “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.”

Although he has made a name for himself through his practicing of Chassidic Judaism, there seemed to be an outpouring of support for his evolution on his fan page. Fans wrote that it isn’t what is shown on the outside but what is on the inside that counts, and that although he may have lowered his level of religious observance, his spirituality and good nature still are coming through. Matisyahu promised this year to be writing and producing a lot of music about his rebirth.

Also,, just because he currently looks like a tall version of Moby doesn’t meann he is done. He wrote on his twitter account that he still went to prayers this morning as he does every morning. He also hinted that the beard will be making a return.

“And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry … you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.” He wrote

Should Matisyahu have stayed true to his brand or to himself?