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Matisyahu One Year After Infamous Haircut

Steve Karras | Posted 01.30.2013 | Entertainment
Steve Karras

Much has been made of Matisyahu since he took clippers to his dangling beard and side-curls, 86'd the black fedora and shockingly emerged from his Hasidic outer shell one year ago.

Dog Ears Music: Kill the Turkey Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Gregory & The Hawk, The O'Jays, Cory Williams, Elvis Costello, Thelonious Monk and more.

5 Things To Do In Denver This Week

Posted 09.04.2012 | Denver

This week brings a variety of activities for Denver residents looking for things to do around the city. For the first time in it's short 4-year his...

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Possession

Dan Persons | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The Possession, mustered up enough atmosphere, dramatic tension, and credible performances to merit it more attention than is usually given to films shoveled into the traditional Labor Day dumping bin.

In Defense of Matisyahu

Amram Altzman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Teen
Amram Altzman

Matisyahu's music and the Jewish themes that have inspired much of his work haven't changed. What have changed are his own, deeply personal convictions and practices.

Matisyahu's Transformation Isn't Unique

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

If we learn anything from Matisyahu's very public religious transformation it should be that our identity isn't static. Our lives are journeys.

Did These Critics Go Too Far?

Posted 07.21.2012 | Entertainment

For fans of the 90s, this week was a hella rad week for music. Not only did Green Day release its new midtempo jam "Oh Love," but pop-ska rockers No D...

Matisyahu's Search For Authenticity

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

In the 24 months that Matisyahu worked on this album, one wonders if he found what he was looking for or is still searching. Did he find diamonds or did he find dirt?

Matisyahu And The Pitfalls Of The Charismatic Leader

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

His move away from his religious observance, and thus his role as a cultural icon and leader for religious Jewry, took another dramatic step today.

Matisyahu Uncovers His Head, Religious Jews React

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Six months ago, Matisyahu shaved off his beard. Yesterday, he posted a picture of himself not wearing a kippah. The world didn't react, but the Jewish world let out another anguished cry.

Temple Israel: Drake's Bar Mitzvah Video Not So Kosher

Posted 05.09.2012 | Miami

Drake’s bawdy re-bar mitzvah-themed music video for new single “HYFR (Hell Yeah F----ing Right)” may have more than 1.6 million YouTube views, b...

WATCH: Jewish Reggae Star Performs Inspiring Duet With Boy Battling Cancer

Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact

When Luke Weber joined Matisyahu on stage to sing "One Day" -- a song that calls for hope -- he brought the lyrics to life. Luke is fighting cance...

Matisyahu Kicks Photographer, Apologizes

Posted 12.23.2011 | Entertainment

First Matisyahu lost his beard; now, he's lost his cool. The devoutly religious reggae rapper, who shocked the Jewish world when he shed his trademark...

To Beard or Not to Beard, That Is the Question: Musings on the Fall of Matisyahu's Facial Locks and Other Natural Disasters

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.21.2012 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Our country is pure, and raw and passionate, and all the same structured, and ordered and cultivated. So too, should all real individuals be. And only a man with a beard can combine the bohemian and the bourgeoisie in a manner that we can read upon his face.

Maccabeats Return To Raise Money For Bone Marrow Foundation

Posted 12.21.2011 | Impact

The Maccabeats are back, but instead of "throwing latkes in the air," they're making miracles this Hanukkah. The all-boy a cappella band who first...

Matisyahu's Spiritual Evolution And What It Means For Us

Gabe Crane | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Gabe Crane

While there are limitations in drawing conclusions from our celebrities' lifestyles, Matisyahu's choice does represent an important development in the underlying psycho-spiritual evolution of our time.

Matisyahu's Beard Goes Missing, Jewish World In A Panic

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Never before in the history of our ancient people has one man's beard cause so much panic. In fact, I am not sure in the entire history of beards, if one beard has created so much commotion.

Matisyahu's Shocking Shave: What Does Facial Hair Have To Do With Spirituality?

Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion

Early this morning, "Hasidic reggae superstar" Matisyahu shocked the (Jewish) world with a tweet declaring, "At the break of day I look for you at sun...

8 Great Hanukkah Events

Posted 12.13.2011 | New York

Hanukkah Lamps Selected By Maurice Sendak When: December 2-January 29 Where: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue; (212) 423-3200 Price: Adults $12, ...

Elijah's Song

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 10.31.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

One might imagine that a song written by a dying boy would be sad and full of regret -- but the song is inspiring, courageous and shows his profound belief in God.

A Rebirth Of Jewish Life In Downtown Detroit

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

It's no secret that Detroit is on the ropes. The city is a shadow if its former self. However, Detroit's Jewish community is not ready to give up on a city that has such a rich and vibrant Jewish past.

Everything, Everytime, Everywhere, Mayhem and Beyond: Chatting with Imelda May, Trevor Hall and Motopony

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Three Music Festival Getaway Ideas for Spring/Summer

Stephanie Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stephanie Keller

For those looking for fresh ideas for 2011, there is a set of festivals still sneaking in under the radar with badass, blockbuster line-ups and evolved concepts that offer a fantastic festival experience.

Highlights This Week: From Great Heights To The Streets

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

On Arts this week we found Mona Lisa's renewed sense of self on the streets of Barcelona, we had Matisyahu detail 8 things we (probably, maybe) didn't...

HOLIDAY ART: 8 Facts About Chanukah You (Probably) Didn't Know. By Matisyahu

Matisyahu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Most people are familiar with the miracle of oil, chocolate gelt, and dreidel fun. Here are 8 informational nuggets of a lesser known variety.