PIC: Matisyahu Shaves His Beard!

Entertainment Dec. 14, 2011 AT 2:12PM
PIC: Matisyahu Shaves His Beard! Credit: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; yfrog.com

The "King Without a Crown" is now without a beard!

Jewish rapper Matisyahu, 32, posted a photo of himself on Twitter Tuesday without his trademark beard. The musician (real name: Matthew Miller) elaborated on his decision to shave his face in a blog entry on his official website.

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"This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter," he wrote. "No more Chassidic reggae superstar. Sorry folks, all you get is me. . .no alias."

"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."

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(As part of their Orthodox Jewish faith, Chassidic men traditionally go throughout their adult lives with facial hair; the music star joined a Chassidic community at age 19 and converted.)

"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," he added. "I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules -- lots of them -- or else I would somehow fall apart."

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"I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission. Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth. And for those concerned with my naked face, don't worry. . .you haven't seen the last of my facial hair."

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