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June 8, 2012 10:34 am

Sporting New Look, Matisyahu Tells Upset Fans “Don’t Worry’

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The photo of Matisyahu released on Twitter that caused some orthodox fans to express concern. Photo: Matisyahu/Twitter.

A few days after Jewish reggae star Matisyahu was seen without a kippah in a photo posted on Instagram, the musician on Wednesday responded to his fans, saying “that before prescribing judgment to some pictures, please wait and listen to my new record ‘Spark Seeker’ from start to finish.”

Matisyahu, who in the past sported the bushy beard, flat-brimmed black hat, black pants and white shirt worn by Hasidic men, was seen with blond hair and a T-shirt in a new video for his latest single “Sunshine.”

On his website on Wednesday, he attempted to clarify his new look to fans, saying, “There was a time when I felt it was necessary to show the world what I believed in through my physical appearance. I think this can be a wonderful thing, but as my faith has evolved I have come to believe there are many other ways to show my spirituality and Judaism. Ways in which our humanity is emphasized over our differences.”

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