Matisyahu

How Matisyahu Became A Hasidic Humanist — In His Own Words

01/14/2016 - 11:04
JTA

Matisyahu’s personal and religious journey — from non-religious stoner teen to Hasidic reggae rocker to non-Orthodox Jewish symbol — has been tracked closely in the media.

Matisyahu’s personal and religious journey — in his own words. Getty Images

Matisyahu Performs ‘Jerusalem’ In Spain Amid Palestinian Protests

08/23/2015 - 20:00

American Jewish singer Matisyahu sang his song “Jerusalem” as protesters waved Palestinian flags at a music festival in Spain.

Matisyahu performing at the opening ceremony of the European Maccabi Games on July 28, 2015, in Berlin. JTA

Spanish Festival Apologizes, Re-Invites Matisyahu To Perform

08/18/2015 - 20:00

The Spanish Rototom Sunsplash music festival has issued a lengthy apology to Matisyahu for disiniviting him from performing, and has invited him again to perform on his original concert date.

Matisyahu performing at the opening ceremony of the European Maccabi Games on July 28, 2015, in Berlin. JTA

Matisyahu Calls Festival Cancellation Appalling And Offensive’

08/18/2015 - 20:00

American-Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu spoke out against the organizers of a Spanish festival that canceled his performance because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood.

Matisyahu Calls Festival Cancellation 'Offensive' And 'Appalling'

08/17/2015 - 20:00

American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu spoke out against the organizers of a Spanish festival that canceled his performance because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood.

Matisyahu Ousted From Spanish Festival For Not Endorsing Palestinian State

08/16/2015 - 20:00

Matisyahu was disinvited from a Spanish music festival because he would not publicly endorse Palestinian statehood.

‘I Feel More Open, More Free’

Matisyahu talks about his new religious outlook, his appearance and his music.
03/27/2013 - 20:00

Paris — Cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other, Matisyahu sat down with JTA in his closet-sized dressing room during his European tour to talk about his life, his music, how he’s raising his kids, and the recent changes in his religious outlook and physical appearance.

Matisyahu “I’m looking very much towards the Torah and Judaism as a source of inspiration.”  Larry Busacca/Getty

UPDATED: Hazon, Isabella Freedman To Merge

New tie-up of Jewish environmental organizations includes Teva Learning Alliance; will be called Hazon.
12/02/2012 - 19:00

Three Jewish environmental organizations have announced plans to merge, finding one answer to the question of sustaining innovative “second-stage” Jewish organizations.

Hazon, the Jewish organization known for its bike rides and community-supported agriculture (CSA) network will join forces with the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and Teva Learning Alliance, which trains environmental educators.

Hazon got its start sponsoring bike rides and also runs a food conference. Photo courtesy Hazon

Despite Matisyahu, ‘The Possession’ Lacks Jewish Soul

Dybbuk film from Danish director disappoints.
09/03/2012 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The Jewish people have a long tradition of interest in the occult and the supernatural — not that you’d know it from Hollywood’s version. Wonder-working rabbis animated the inanimate; the souls of the newly dead took over the bodies of the living. We did werewolves and demons — the whole haunted nine yards. (OK, Jewish tales are a little weak on vampires, although it’s not a stretch to read the Dracula story as anti-Semitic — another subject for another movie review.) From the legends of Lilith to the short fiction of I.B.

Matisyahu, left, Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick in scene from "The Possession." Diyah Pera
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