Matisyahu roundup, the cut and trimmed edition

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Yesterday’s news du jour that Chasidic reggae star Matisyahu had bared his face after 10 years and was renouncing his Chasidism rocked the Jewish Internets for what was possibly a record thirty minutes. Unfortunately, this came to late for him to be chosen as the third Jew in a row to be Time’s Person of the Year.

At least one lingering question has been answered: No, he isn’t giving up Judaism. He went to synagogue yesterday and leaving shul today came up with an epigram that I really don’t think is going to catch on. What will the future hold for the artist formerly known as Matthew Miller? Will he go on tour with Jewish rapper Mac Miller, with whom he now shares a strange likeness (Suggested tour title: “Mac and Matt—It’s Miller Time”)?

Time will tell. Hopefully, we’ll know one day.

Here’s the kibbitz on the King without a beard:

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Our own Adam Soclof discusses Matisyahu’s ten year spiritual journey and in the JTA Archive, he conjures the beard-gates of yesteryear.

Jewlicious speculates on Matisyahu’s next career move. [Jewlicious]

Rabbi Jason Miller, who in a weird bit of synchronicity had written for JTA about Matisyahu’s stint on a cooking show earlier that day, wonders about his future. [Rabbi Jason’s blog]

Debra Nussbaum Cohen remembers the Matisyahu she once knew. [The Schmooze

Jay Michaelson welcomes him to post-Orthodoxy. [Religion Dispatches]

And Klezmer punk band and former label-mate Golem tweets a personal query. [twitter via Jewcy

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