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Why Did Jewish Megastar Matisyahu Shave His Head & Beard?

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"I am reclaiming myself."

Questions are arising after reggae superstar Matisyahu Miller (known only by his first name by fans) has indicated that he's on a new religious path. The Jewish singer, who resides in New York City, hasn't yet divulged what his amended observance will involve. But based on his comments so far, there's no evidence he has any intention of leaving the Jewish faith behind.

News of the somewhat shocking development came after Matisyahu shaved his beard and face and posted pictures of himself on Twitter. Here's one of the images:

The images posted to the social media platform show a face that has yet to be seen in its bare form by fans. In a note posted on his web site, the Jewish singer discussed his decision, saying that he once felt the need to abide by religious rules so he wouldn't "fall apart." But now, he says, "I am reclaiming myself.  Trusting my goodness and my divine mission." Here's more:

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.  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.

Despite his clean-shaven face, the singer says he's still going to synagogue every day. While Matisyahu's fans may be looking for more answers, they may need to wait a bit, as his spokeswoman says that he isn't giving any interviews. There's no telling what this will mean for the talented singer's career.

Here's the last tweet as of writing this article that was sent from his account:

Matisyahu was a musical curiosity who became a mainstream star after his 2004 debut, "Shake Off The Dust ... Arise." He sported the bushy beard, flat-brimmed black hat, black pants and white shirt worn by Hasidic men. Below, watch his video for the song, "One Day":

His biggest single, "King Without a Crown," was a crossover hit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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