Beardless Matisyahu still rocks hard, with dreidel mirror ball
A clean shaven Matisyahu raps at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. The Hasidic reggae star recently shaved his beard.
December 29th, 2011
01:51 PM ET

Beardless Matisyahu still rocks hard, with dreidel mirror ball

By Eric Weisbrod, CNN

(CNN)-– He may be clean shaven, but Orthodox Jewish reggae star Matisyahu still has the energy, passion and talent as when he donned a traditional Hasidic beard.

Playing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC Wednesday night on his “Festival of Light” tour, Matisyahu’s set included his hits “King Without a Crown,” “Jerusalem” and his Hanukkah song "Miracle.”

The stage featured a giant rotating disco ball in the shape of a dreidel, the four-sided spinning top played during Hanukkah.

The 32-year-old New Yorker, who is known for blending reggae, hip-hop, beat-boxing and rock with traditional Jewish themes, was still sporting a skull cap and tzitzit (knotted ritual fringes) hanging below his t-shirt.

Matisyahu preforms in Washington during his Festival of Light tour.

Matisyahu, shaved his signature beard and sidelocks earlier this month, explaining to his fans on his web site that there’s “no more Chassidic reggae superstar. Sorry folks, all you get is me … no alias.”

Hanukkah, the eight-day long Jewish festival of lights, ended on Wednesday.

- CNN Belief Blog

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    January 1, 2012 at 4:12 am |
  5. Greg Powell

    May you and I both have our best year ever of abiding in Jesus, being filled by the Holy Spirit, and resting in Abba's arms. May we love with God's love and patience, battle with God's power and courage, and walk in His ways and will. Since His desire is that every single human on earth be saved and come to a full knowledge of the truth, may we pray and work to that end, trusting in His power, crying out for His grace and mercy. May we be more conformed to His moral likeness and less conformed to the world system than ever. May we bring more pleasure to God, more cause for celebration to the holy angels, and more frustration to the demons than ever. May this be our best year ever because God got so much glory from our broken, humbled, devoted, obedient lives; and because so many hurting, screwed up, sinful image-bearers experienced unmerited, non-judgmental, affectionate, and sacrificially practical love when they let us into their lives; and because we were more zealously focused than ever on the expansion of the Kingdom of Jesus, one heart at a time... starting with our own.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:41 am |
    • Bible Clown

      "May you and I both have our best year ever of abiding in Jesus, being filled by the Holy Spirit, and resting in Abba's arms." I'm sure you mean well, so let me just wish you a great year of Allah's love, with some Buddha and Marx thrown in too. May a lot of gods you don't believe in come down and bless you, too.

      January 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  6. Big Man

    Met this musician – he is an arrogant, greedy person.

    December 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  7. underbocky

    this guy... is a poser and couldn't keep it up anymore.... i worked at a record store, he did an in-store and everything had to be censored and cleaned up for his majesties appearance.... it was a joke.......

    December 30, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  8. Jane

    Just came back from the Kravis Center concert. The concert was awesome. Matis was great. 90 acoustic minutes – just him and his guitar accompanist (Adam Weinberg). The audience was great. The question and answer period was great. It was a wonderful opportunity to listen to some great music by a great musician and learn about his perspective on music, life, and spirituality.

    December 30, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  9. Native2aT

    He's got GREAT Lyrics that help spread Peace&Understanding..check out "One day"..LOVE this guy&I'm not even Jewish!

    December 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  10. Deedo

    Anyone who thinks they are a member of a "chosen race" chosen by a "god" might as well get a swastika tattoo on their forehead.

    December 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • md2205

      I guess it depends on who chose you and for what. G-d chose the Jews to teach the other nations how G-d wants people to live. Nazis chose themselves to kill everyone they thought were substandard beings. G-d spent many years waiting for people to live the way He wanted them to after He created them: First Cain killed Abel, and from then on until the generation of the flood, everyone was bad to each other, and then the people of the generation of the Tower of Babel were awful to each other, and so by the time G-d chose the Jewish people, the world was very much aware of why the Jews were needed. Can't compare Jews to Nazis, people – it doesn't work.

      January 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  11. Milton

    I know nothing about this guy really..but you have to admit...that mirror ball (when did disco ball go out of fashion?) is pretty cool looking.

    December 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  12. Three words that absolutely do not go together in any combination

    Chassidic reggae superstar

    December 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      And yet he pulled it off – how unlikely is that?
      Talent makes its own way...

      December 31, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  13. GN LA

    Matisyahu is just a lost loser – can't find his way back – doesn't know which way to go – his stride was broken

    December 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
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