I read this article in the paper this morning "Meet the man dubbed world's first Hasidic reggae superstar". Sadly on closer reading it appears that his religious tradition is a sexist one…
"alongside the pounding vocals - sometimes in Yiddish - and foot-stomping rhythms, he maintains a lifestyle devoutly at odds with those in the music business around him. He refuses to play on the Jewish Sabbath, eat non-kosher food, or compromise his religious ideals by playing alongside female artists." (my italics)
So much for him being a positive jewish role model.
The full article can be found at
yes, matisyahu is full of contradictions… i believe at the core he is out to make a bundle. go figure, a jew, who sings to the beat of a “religion” that is based on revelations. who is my brother kidding here? he’s a white boy reggae star with mystique. nice marketing dude!
Its interesting how Judism gets a free pass on some of its racist and sexist beliefs.
uh… i don’t give judaism a free pass, and he doesn’t represent mainstream judaism either. i may call myself a jew (and absolutely not mainstream), but i don’t buy any of the jewish religious stuff as strongly as i shun any faith’s antiquated writings. and matisyahooo is nothing more than a rocker hiding behind a bunch of outdated style and bs writings…
oh well… i like the beat though.
i know this topic is kind of old, but i found it while reading through the boards and felt that i had to comment.
now, i know matisyahu personally. and while i don’t agree with his religious views (in the least), he is certainly not out to simply make money on a gimmick. he is a very genuine individual who really believes what he sings about; peace, unity, understanding, and yes… judaism.
just wanted to bring that up.