Matisyahu returns with a king’s crown

‘It feels nice to be back in the good graces of the Jews,” chuckles Matisyahu into the phone. “I went to my old shul I used to daven in on the Upper West side today – the Boyaner shtiebel – and everyone was happy to see me.”

The 36-year-old singer with the Hassidic/reggae/ hip-hop roots had just moved back East after years in California to a house in the upscale suburbia of Nyack, New York and was referring to his much publicized outward transformation from bearded black-hatter to clean-shaven, bareheaded, GQ-worthy pinup.

“After I shaved, there were some mixed feelings for a lot of Jewish people,” he told The Jerusalem Post last week.


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