The Beard Returns: Matisyahu Releases New Pictures

February 13, 2012 5:51 pm 6 comments

Picture of Matisyahu released on twitter. Photo: Matisyahu via Twitter.

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

At sunrise on Tuesday, December 13, Hassidic Reggae Star Matisyahu posted a photo of himself clean-shaven, tweeting the phrase from the above phrase from his 2009 hit album Light.

The photos of the singer looking to “reclaim himself” triggered heavy talkback across the web, with some tabloids naming it the “most talked about beard ever.” Hundreds of articles spawned across the web, most notably in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and

What crept under the spotlight though, was the telling words intimating a return of ‘the beard’. “Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth,” he wrote. “And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry…you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.”

This time without ceremony, Matisyahu posted his beard again to Twitter. In the photo he is holding his son and smiling, a small but pronounced beard gracing his face.

What the ‘return of the beard’ spells of Matisyahu’s religiosity is yet to be seen, but its regrowth shakes the hopes of a “secular rebirth” as Heeb magazine termed it. Heeb Magazine had already turned to tag Matisyahu with his former secular name “Mathew” and congratulated him on his “momentous decision” to “be done with his Orthodoxy.”

Picture of Matisyahu released on twitter. Photo: Matisyahu via Twitter.

Picture of Matisyahu released on twitter. Photo: Matisyahu via Twitter.


  • @Zalman—How can you possibly legitimize Matisyahu kicking someone, regardless of gender, in the face??!! Would you graciously accept a kick in the face from Matis? Religious or not, violence is never the answer. Don’t you think Hashem would agree? You’re excusing a man who violently lashed out at a woman–due to his own selfish reasons (publicity and money). Matisyahu chose wrong. He’s no pious role model and this newest “return to the faith” is yet another cry for attention.

  • The path out of religious tribalism is a long and arduous one. I knew when I read that he still went to the mikvah that he had a long way to go, and I wish Matisyahu chizuk and siata d’shemya in his return to the Enlightenment.

  • really ? algemeiner ? dirty People’s magazine chassidic style ? disgustin.

  • Just what I thought… He shaved his beard off to bolster his name in the press. simply put…. a publicity stunt. I guess that’s why he kicked the female photographer in the face too (and broke her camera).

    • Bob you are a moron!
      Matis is actually living his life and you cannot see him for who he is because of your own selfishness. Wake up Bro!

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