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Matisyahu: I Left Chabad?

Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu was asked about if he "abandoned Chabad and joined the Karlin Hasidic stream". His answer? "I'm glad you asked so I can clear things up a bit." Full Story, Audio

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love the song
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love the song

you can make jokes about Matisyahu but ther somthing about his music that gets to my soul and not much can do that, great song

Genug Shoin
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Genug Shoin

Enough of him already, he was not a good influence.

Politician
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Politician

so did he abandon chabad?

“I am glad you are asking this so I can clear things up a bit,” he said. “I davened at a Karlin Shul a handful of times and mentioned that to a reporter. All of a sudden it makes me a Karlin Hasid. I am many things. Sometimes I am none of them.” Is he some sort of Politician ??

not a fan
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not a fan

but the music is truly great!!!!!!!!!!!

give credit where credit is due!!!!

He should leave Chabad!
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He should leave Chabad!

I am kind of disappointed to see that he is backtracking on the leaving Chabad thing. Every time a story about him is posted on a Chabad website, everyone starts criticizing him. It seems that most people in Chabad are too closed minded to appreciate anyone who is not 100% brainwashed! I am not saying that you have to listen to his music. If you want to listen only to Nichoach all day, that is great. The point is that he doesn’t make his music for Chabad people, he makes it for the whole world to come a bit closer… Read more »

It's a FACT OF STRIFE.
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It's a FACT OF STRIFE.

Live and let live. There’s handfuls of Lubavitchers who sway to other shtibelech, be it Boro Park; Flatbush; Manhattan, whatever……. and being an artist like Matityahu, artists tend to flow with the winds of change, they are literally caught up in the place that they visit….. Me, I’m just a plain yid, Chabad, not a big learner, but I am easily influences by every different kind of tune on this planet, be it: Rock and Roll; Hard Rock; Soft Rock; Chassidic; Pop, Swing, Reggae, you name it… If you put me in Woodstock, I would have swung my hands up… Read more »

take  down the clip
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take down the clip

take down the clip he sings with hasem name its not aloowd

its good he left chabad
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its good he left chabad

hes a bad influence for chabad kids

Matisyahu is nice
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Matisyahu is nice

Matisyahu is very nice – not need to criticize, although I dont get his music – especially his latest pieces are a bit weird. No offense, but he is really a good nice person and I am proud that he is Chabad, cause he is just a good guy trying to find his way. Go Mattis…

sumgai
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sumgai

i agree with genug shoin. i was glad when he left, and the way he carry himself now i don’t want him back. chabad is better off without the stain of reggae, which is asur m’shum avodah zorah according to halocha.

JUST SHUT UP YOU ALL!!!
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JUST SHUT UP YOU ALL!!!

STOP CRITICIZING!!! YOU DON”Y HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE MUSIC!! DON”T LISTEN!! STOP PUTTING YOUR TRIP ON EVERYBODY ELSE!!!!!!!!

AVODA PNIMIS
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AVODA PNIMIS

Whether you like him or not, at least he is a pnimi. He means what he does and he digs deep within himself. Dos iz vos Chabad mont, but how many of us actually do it?

And remember his background. The Rebbe encouraged many musicians to adapt their talents for kedusha (Piamenta, Issac Biton, etc). It may be inappropriate for you, but it could be a heicher madreiga for him.

I agree with #11
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I agree with #11

There’s not just one way to express your spirituality.

You are all just scared of it b/c its new to you.

How about a little tolerance for the way other people may express themselves and their connection to Hashem?!?!

His affiliation
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His affiliation

He didn’t anwer the question about his Chasidic affiliation.

His affiliation
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His affiliation

He abondonned Chabad and may he never return. His anwer was not an answer. He left the house and don’t want to say it. He is even not ashamed to say that his music is Goyish. All he has in his mind is popularity not Halakhah. And it’s not an hazard that he quoted Carlebach.

To number 9
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To number 9

Comment number 9 you are even not ashamed. He his a nice guy who introduce weird lyrics in his music. And I think that Chabad don’t have to be proud of that guy.

To number 5
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To number 5

The only place he would be accepted fot what he is is not among Chasidim but among Litvish or Reform Jews.

Old Lady in CH
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Old Lady in CH

i am embarrassed to say this (I can’t believe I am) but my son asked me to listen to his latest song “One Day.” I thought it was beautiful!

Moshiach is definitely coming if I can say I like this music!

Pnimius
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Pnimius

Some comments stated: “He abandoned Chabad.” I don’t think that means that Chabad should abandon him. Whether you like his style or not, do you imagine that the Rebbe would push him away?
This is a beautiful song, and Matisyahu strives to be close to Hashem.
That is more than good enough for me.
Just let him be. Stop critizing. Please.
Is he excluded from Ahavas Yisroel?

leave him alone
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leave him alone

genug shoin. let him search out his spiritual life on his own.

nana
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nana

mashiach now!!…..:)
think poditive!

Pass the Ketchup
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Pass the Ketchup

My Gosh… Avraham Fried never gets this kind of
blog attention, yet his tunes are the stuff of chassidishe chasines to tunce to… not Matisyahu’s…. his stuff is for low lights, colored strobes, smoke rising from the stage, for the young mixed crowd. Let the young people have a good time while they can… you can be sure they’ll return to Chabad in due time. No prob. The Rebbe is watching over everyone.

Gross
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Gross

I don’t know who he is-but his music is terrible!!! I can’t listen to it. Maybe I am just not used to non-Jewish music and this is what sounds nice out there….

matisyahu!
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matisyahu!

vos fara zach is matisyahu in chabad

number 22
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number 22

100% right.

Chabad is the Rebbe, NOT some uptight blogers
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Chabad is the Rebbe, NOT some uptight blogers

Writting on a blog.

If you learn Chitas etc, are mekushar to the Rebbe v’echulu that’s chabad, not if some uptight CH ghetto loosers approve or not of you.

I think Crown Heightsers feel threatened by Lubavitchers who don’t make their living from “kehos” or some family connections.

How dare you make it without our Jewish welfare system, they ask.

Go matis, and go everyone who is a little or a lot different.

Mr. Pain

thank you for posting this interview
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thank you for posting this interview

i passed Matisyahu on Crown Street the other day. his toddler was scooting ahead of him on a little scooter. i love his music and i enjoyed seeing him with his son. whatever he is, whatever he sings – i think he is sincere in what he does and is not superficial. i have never heard a bad word about his actions or his Middos. because someone is rich and famous – we do not have scrutinize his actions. we are coming into Shabbos Mevorchim Elul. the Mitzvah is to scrutinize yourself. i don’t know of any Mitzvah to scrutinize… Read more »

more matis = more mitzvahs
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more matis = more mitzvahs

ok i was at one of his concerts this summer and it was amazing. the most amazing part? he wanted to do a mincha & maariv thing backstage. so he got me and a bunch of other jewish kids who were so excited to daven and pray! they didnt even know how! they just davened and followed along with the ones who knew! they were all like: man! i should have brought my tzitzit! i dont know why im imbarrased!!!! take that all you CH people who love yent and vent about him and how he is…..blah blah blah! yaddah… Read more »

dose mattisyaho know!?!!?!?
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dose mattisyaho know!?!!?!?

dose he know your not allowed to SAY HASHEMS NAME IN VAIN
!!!!!!

Matisyahu, You are the Man!
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Matisyahu, You are the Man!

It seems to me you are really looking for the truth!
And finding it as well.
Maybe I should check out how they daven in Karlin.
Sounds like its better than davenning in 770 these days.
the talking…
and maybe they are LEARNING their chassidus better than ours…who cares if we HAVE it on our SHELVES!
You are an inspiration.
Oh, I would love to write may name here,
if it weren’t for the MOB! who would lynch me with their tongues and fingers.
Suffice it to say, this H.M. and I love you man!

Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone
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Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone

This youngman has an artistic nature and as such will be drawn to many places.
Obviously he was attracted to Chabad intially, but as is to be expected of such a person he moves around.
I do not underdstand his music, I am probably to old.
I have great reservation about the influence it has on our young people.He fact that mixed crowds of Yidden and lehavidil goyim go to his concerts is very disconcerting.
We need healthy role models for our youth.
I just hope he will continue to be Shomer Torah u’mitzvos for himself, his wife and family.

fan
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fan

matis is a friend and a good man an umbelievable performer i love his music GO MATIS

To number 29
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To number 29

He said a full posuk….
which you are alowwed to do
don lchaf zchus

enough!
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enough!

This guy is troubled , dangerously alluring and a very bad influence on a already messed up generation of youth. Dont use G-d and religion to permote ur “music” b/c there is nothing G-d fearing or jewish about it! we need more of A.Freed who is just that!

ahavas yisroel
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ahavas yisroel

ahavas yisroel means to love your fellow jew as yourself not to love yourself. so just show your love for a second jew. That will bring Moshiach not the bikering etc.

Who are you people?
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Who are you people?

Most of you people commenting are horrible, no wonder Matis looked other places, I think when I see him I will ask him where the Kirlin Shul is located for me and my family. Matis is not the bad influence, most of you are, he is fulfilling being a light to the nations bringing Jew and Non-Jew alike to Hashem, are any of you?

Are they alike in your eyes?
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Are they alike in your eyes?

#17, are the Litvish and the Reformed alike to you? To many in the Litvish/Yeshivish world, MBD and Avrom Fried are too much like rock to be acceptable. I’m sure you don’t mean to insult, but maybe you should learn more about other Jews before you speak.

advertising for matisyahu????????????????????????
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advertising for matisyahu????????????????????????

1- he’s not a good influence on the frum kids.
2- there was video of him jumping in a mixed crowd –
why is his music being publicized here?
3- why do you advertise it?
4- he didn’t answer the question – are you a lubab or not?
I personally am not impressed with his behavior and if the brelovers or karliner or what ever want him – they can have him!

Think a little bit (more)
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Think a little bit (more)

It’s a shame some of us feel the need to blame our troubled youth on something like mattisyahu’s music, who’s lyrics speak of searching for truth, connecting to Hashem, and being real.
All other things being equal, no child will leave yiddishkeit because he heard music that doesn’t sound traditional.
Maybe our terrible negativity, speed to judge, and thoughtless labeling is what is pushing them away…

Come on
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Come on

Hello?? Matisyahu is doing what he said he was doing all along: Reaching out, and spreading light to, the goyim and Yidden who know little about Yiddishkeit. He is being a light unto the nations. Period. When non jews are singing for Moshiach (as they were at a recent concert) and Fry Yidden are listening to Matis make a bracha on a drink on stage, its beautiful. Simply put: 1)Yidden are feeling “cooler” about being Jewish and Jew and non-Jew alike are being exposed to a deeper, higher more meaningful way of life than they ever knew existed. Music is… Read more »

TO NUMBER 11
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TO NUMBER 11

As far as I was aware of this section in the website, it is written, “What’s Your Opinion?”
This is where people express their opinion and it is totally legitimate to voice their opinion and so are you… but going about and being angry that they said what they felt is just being selfish.

MATISYAHU...
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MATISYAHU...

HES HONEST AND SHABAD FOLKS OF CH CANY HANDLE TOO MUCH HONESTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP GOING MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

to number 40 - do get angry
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to number 40 - do get angry

Oy vey, you just dont get it. Matisyahu’s music is all angry its the way he sings its supposed to be angry, its supposed to make you angry angry a million times yaba ya ba bab ababab a

THOSE OF U WHO R SAYING THINGS AGAINST HIM
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THOSE OF U WHO R SAYING THINGS AGAINST HIM

MAYBE HE HAS A VALID REASON FOR DOING THIS OR WHATEVER THE CASE IS!!! DON’T GO BUTTING INTO OTHER PEOPLES LIVES!!! JUST BECAUSE HE LEFT IT DOESNT MEAN U HAVE TO POUNCE ON HIM!! HE’S ANOTHER JEW AND HE’S NOT LIKE A MISNAGID OR SOMETHING SO JUST BE QUIET!!!! MIND UR OWN BUSINESSES!!

loshon hora?
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loshon hora?

sometimes these comment forums can be a platform for losh. not all opinions need be published? beautiful beautiful song. i can hear neshoma loud and clear

he is amazing! thank g-d he left!
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he is amazing! thank g-d he left!

Matisyahu does amazing things ofr yiddishkeit! not in the way the Rebbe insturcted us and while he was ‘officialy’ a lubavitcher the FOOLS who runs this site and chabad.org thought the kiddush hashem was that he is a lubavitcher, instead of the kissuh hashem of 1000’s of lubavitcher who know the masechta gemoro of that yr by heart. THAT was the wrong msg for the youth not soming he did wrong. and for who ever wrote the rebbe encrouraged piamenta the rebbe wrote to piamenta about their concerts before they began:ONLY IF THEY R SURE NO ONE WHO DOES NOT… Read more »

look in your own backyards first
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look in your own backyards first

I have been noticing that this generation of Jewish children are lost, why don’t all the nay sayers go out of their closed homes, and take care of just the CH young men, and women who have lost their way.

You caint judge a person until you walk a day in thier shoes!
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You caint judge a person until you walk a day in thier shoes!

I dont think we hve the right to jugde others so eisaly. Perkie Avos and and spacificaly Chassidus teach us that you can not attempt to judge sombdy else until you walk a day in thier shoes, so to speak.The only being who has the right judge is Hashem. We need to try to judge others favorably for the good and look with in our selfs for further self improvment( I’m speaking to myself here as well). Weather Matisyahu wants to “wear ” the Chabad hat today or the Karlin one,that is his prsonal bussiness between himself and Hashem. May… Read more »

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