Emuna? Now that’s what i call a Birthday cake! Matisyahu with Aish?com?

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Before anyone gets confused, please read this , an Anonymous answer to Matisyahu’s changes and his article in Aish.com with five big ?’s!

The first big question is why does Aish.com post an Exclusive Interview about an Exclusive person such as Matisyahu , which should right now only confuse people 🙂 ? Why didn’t you post a response to Matisyahu’s post which is bordering on Apicorus etc… and Matisyahy has much more influence in this article than Aish.com?

The second big question is why post from Matisyahu numerous times his confusing response about re-defining Judism, and comments such as  “I was literally walking out of a jail cell that I had been in”… ?

The third big question is why are people focusing so much on the external issues like beard and peah’s when there are more fundamental issues, like dying Matisyahu’s hair yellow which is against Torah Mitzvos, holding a girl on Matisyahu’s lap, stage diving , crowd surfing and the general vibe of little consideration of the Holiness of himself and our Torah rules towards the men and women laws ?!? And many more fundamental issues that Aish.com is missing ?

The fourth big question is where is Aish.com and other Rabbonim openness to guide people like Matisyahu threw crisis of faith/ Baal Teshuvah issues, and isn’t Aish.com embarased to admit that there kiruv (=bringing people closer) is too superficial to help long term issues such as Matisyahu is struggling with? Where is Matisyahu’s inspirational figures in his journey and people he can turn to for advice, Where is the second line Kiruv ?

The fifth big question is where is Matisyahu heading and all the other friends like Erez Shemspeed and and Y-love who are condoning Gay life styles while also appearing in Aish.com articles? Can’t there be more credibility to post about good clear examples of Baal Teshuvah , who have battled the confusion head on  and clarified with advice from Rabbonim , while being able to express their talents and fulfilled Torah life styles!?:)

The bottom line is to focus on the positive that we Jews are struggling with the hardest challenges in history both externally and internally. And any movement towards G-d will be praised, like Aish Hatorah’s true kiruv movement and the sincere people within, like Matisyahu connection to G-d through prayer and inspirational songs of old. But where is his wife and family heading, with a father filled with tests beyond the biggest Righteuos people in history, and what makes Maitsyahu think he can be a spark seeker , when our most important role is simply just to do G-d’s will and this will elevate the sparks more than enough 🙂

Matisyahu needs tremendous Mercy amongst all confused people of our day , along with websites and organaisations like Aish.com. I wonder if they showed their Head of Yeshivah what they post and the goals and content?

May we all be guided by the truth of real Teshuvah that brings us all sincerely closer to Hashem , including Maitsyahu ben Rochel Malka and all our confused friends, to real Emunah (faith) and success that is a kiddush Hashem for all time with Moshiach NOW!

Now feel free to read below and remember , this is very confused!!!

Matisyahu: Exclusive Interview
by aish.com

With honesty and candor, the reggae star discusses his spiritual journey and redefining his Jewish identity.

Matisyahu, the iconic pop reggae star known for his long beard, kippah and peyos (sidelocks), shocked the Jewish world this year by cutting his beard, not always wearing his kippah, and radically changing his “look.” In the following exclusive interview with Aish.com, Matisyahu describes with honesty and candor some of the issues he is going through in redefining his Jewish identity. Although we do not agree with or endorse everything Matisyahu says and does, there is value in getting a glimpse into his spiritual journey which is still in flux – and which in many ways typifies the odyssey that so many go through on their path toward a Torah observant life.

Aish.com: You created quite a stir when you tweeted the photo of yourself beardless and released a statement that seemed in part to imply that you no longer need the rules of Judaism to continue growing as a Jew. Can we set the record straight: Are you still a religiously observant Jew?

Matisyahu: I am not really interested in classifying myself as this or that, and where I’m at today may change in the future as well. What I was when I shaved has changed to where I am now and, God willing, will continue to change as I evolve. The truth is, it was always ebbing and flowing from when I began my journey in Judaism and it’s just that people react to outward appearance.

I don’t really know what the word “religious” means. I believe deeply in God, and if we mean that Torah and Mitzvahs are our guide for the journey, then yes some will call me “religiously observant,” but others will see the external changes I’ve made and say that I am not. Perhaps labels based on these types of externalities are too simplistic, or just convenient. I certainly understand that my position in popular culture lent value to those external elements. My recent changes are part of my own journey, and are not a rejection of the inspiration that gave people.

I find a tremendous amount of inspiration and truth within Torah and Judaism, but I had taken on certain minhagim, customs, and stringencies that became habit – either because at one point I had connected to them, or simply because I had been convinced that “religious” Judaism had to look a certain way. Over time some of these external aspects, like the beard, had become deadening and oppressive for me. I had to take a step back.

I am still committed to Judaism, to seeking truth through halacha (Jewish law) and observance, but I needed to reconnect to it in a different manner than I did when I first became “religious.” I guess you can say it’s been a process of maturing religiously and coming to realize that some of what I took on 10 years ago no longer expresses a part of me. I imagine this is a process many Baal Teshuvas go through. I just get to do it in public.

As Jews we’ve always had the bedrock of Torah, and I’ve grown to see there is a lot of amazing ground within that bedrock. My new record is an expression of this. It is heavily inspired by Judaism. It is filled with inspiration over the last two years of my life from Kabbalah, Chassidut, stories in Yiddish, Hebrew, quotes all over from Tehillim (Psalms), etc. Recently on an online chat, a fan asked me (based on my look, I assume) if I’m still religious, and in that moment I responded that I feel more religious now than I have in months, though many people (based on my recent changes in appearance) will label me less religious.

Aish.com: How did your wife react to the physical transformation? Was it something the two of you had been discussing?

Matisyahu: Ultimately it was my decision to make, and she didn’t seem to make a big deal about it.

Aish.com: In an interview you said that the physical change in your appearance was actually the culmination of a series of realizations you had the weeks before. What were you struggling with and what insights did you reach?

Matisyahu: What I meant was, it was not an impulsive decision. It was a result of everything leading up to that moment. There was a moment where I realized for myself that I do not have to be bound to this beard or anything else in life without proper connection, without duty of the heart. I believe that Torah requires us to grow through learning, questioning, and not becoming complacent, and therefore I owed it to myself to re approach some of these stringencies I had taken on 10 years prior.

I also realized that I am free to make my own decisions about my life, that I can think for myself, that Torah needs to address the individual and the thinking individual needs to address Torah. This may seem like a very basic idea, but I had in a sense become stuck by my view of an ultimate reality for about 10 years of my life, I had lost a sense of flexibility within.

I remember the moment when it hit me, I was walking down Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side and it felt like I was literally walking out of a jail cell that I had been in. At that moment I realized I could shave if I wanted. It was up to me and no one else. Now it was just a matter of figuring out if I wanted to or not. I had very mixed feelings about it and went back and forth, so it wasn’t so easy. After three days of it consuming my every thought, I realized I was breaking the first two commandments. The beard was becoming an idol.

This does not mean, as some people have seemed to infer, that halacha now has no bearing on my life and choices. But rather I have learned to make certain distinctions for myself where flexibility naturally exists for the Torah-conscious individual. If I choose for that expression to be a beard, etc., that is fine. But feeling bound in it is not a healthy spiritual expression for me at this time.

Aish.com: You have a new record coming out this summer called “Spark Seeker.” What does that title represent to you?

Matisyahu: “Spark Seeker” is about elevating sparks of Godliness stuck in this world, an idea from Kabbalah. I feel that I was given a unique opportunity and gift from God. I am a Spark Seeker, as are many of us.

Aish.com: A large portion of the new record was recorded in Israel. What was the significance of that experience for you?

Matisyahu: There are many great musicians in Israel. It is such an intense and amazing place. It is the crossroads of the universe I feel. Where could be better then Israel to make music? Going to Israel was a turning point in the record. It completely changed the sound of what we had been doing up until that point. It was in Israel that the record began to tell a complete story and find its voice.

Aish.com: On the new record there are a number of people other than yourself saying words of Jewish prayer or giving over “Torah” thoughts. What was the process for choosing these?

Matisyahu: Well each one was different. Sometimes I just knew I wanted a piece of Tehillim (Psalms) in a certain section of a song, so I would scroll through a Psalm until I found something that spoke to me. Most of the time it happened pretty organically. I just know there is so much Godliness these individuals could bring out and add to the record. Just as I didn’t tell any of the guest musicians on the record what to play as I trusted their instincts as musicians, I wanted these rabbis to speak what was real to them either based on a song title or simply an idea they felt fit.

Aish.com: Do you consciously try to deliver a meaningful message about Judaism in your songwriting?

Matisyahu: I write about what inspires me. Sometimes it is a piece of Torah, sometimes not. If you believe that Torah is the blueprint of the world, then in a sense anything that is inspiring you–that you see as truth or beauty or wisdom–has its roots in the Torah. I try to find what resonates with me, what’s authentic and real for me. I am not in the business of endorsing religion or promoting ideas. I’m a musician and I believe my fans connect to my music on many levels, whether the Torah and Jewish concepts are obvious to them or not. In a sense that is the power of music.

Aish.com: As an artist, how do you balance the need to be “free and experimental” with the “strictures” of a religious life?

Matisyahu: Well that’s changed for me over the years. I’ve let go of some of the stringencies because I was feeling creatively and spiritually choked by how I related to them, and I needed a new approach. This doesn’t mean I have thrown off these customs forever and labeled them useless, nor does it mean that because I’ve changed the physical expression of my Judaism I have therefore changed my connection to much of what has continually inspired me: Shabbos, davening (prayer), kashrut, the emphasis on visiting and comforting the sick, a focus on tzedekah, the list goes on. My guess is that this will continue to change over time.

But more to the question: The structure of Judaism is not against having an experimental approach to creative pursuits. The concepts and mitzvahs in Judaism are the very things that inspired so much of my music, so in that sense there are many times when the two are meshing and sometimes there is tension between the two.

Aish.com: Your Jewish identity has proved to be a unique, positive part of your public image. Have you ever encountered a downside?

Matisyahu: Well, to those who are not familiar with my music it’s also pigeon-holed me in some ways as a gimmick. It’s helped and hurt, but to me it was never about what others thought. I’ve always tried to do what felt authentic to me at the moment and not worry about how it is viewed by others.

I’ve felt proud to be able to represent Judaism to so many millions of people in this world. I’ve also felt that while I am heavily influenced by Judaism, I believe my music has been able to connect to humanity at large, which is bigger then representing any one religion or group of people.

Aish.com: What have you learned over your career about the media celebrity machine? And what are some tricks you use to avoid its common pitfalls?

Obviously I haven’t quite figured that part out so well. People will basically project whatever they want onto you. But I try not to let it faze me and just write or talk from my truth. In the end they will do whatever they want and I can’t really control that. In the end I have faith in God and His plan for me, not in man.

Aish.com: What inspired you to become more religious originally? What keeps you inspired today?

Matisyahu: I started down the path of Judaism as a result of prayer. I began to pray because I was stuck. I was trapped and I needed a way out and I was at a point where I felt so alone. I needed God. I needed help and I needed love and I didn’t know where to get it so I prayed for it. And in a very real sense those prayers were answered. This led me on a journey through Judaism where I began to take on things that were meaningful to me. At some point I became “religious”: I sort of gave up on my old self, which had been taking me down a negative path, and I needed distance from that self. I felt I needed to conform to what I was learning in order to grow.

At the time I thought that’s what I needed, but the process of seriously engaging with Judaism evolves and matures. I am now bringing my own individuality and thought into my observance and reclaiming an element of how I was in the beginning of that process, incorporating that raw desire to simply speak to God in quality and not just quantity. To speak to God from love or pain, and not only from habit or rules. Prayer, my original motivator, is still a major source of inspiration for me today as it was at the beginning of my journey.

Aish.com: How did your parents respond to you becoming religious? How has your spiritual journey impacted them and your relationship with them?

Matisyahu: They were not thrilled as they saw how I was losing an aspect of myself. There was fear but I believed. I believed in God. And I learned about prayer and the depth of Torah and connected to a wellspring of spirituality that has unquestionably inspired and shaped my life and music. Many elements of my spiritual practice today are a direct result of the past 10 years since I started down the Baal Teshuva path. Ultimately I know that God is good. I love Him so much, and as a result I believe that is why my relationship with my parents today is stronger then ever.

Aish.com: Any plans to come perform in Israel in the near future? What’s been your favorite experience in Israel so far?

Matisyahu: I’m sure we’ll be back in Israel in the not too distant future. One of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in Israel was the 10 days making the record last year. We brought in all of these musicians including my dear friend Danny Zamir, who started becoming a Baal Teshuva around the same time as me. I brought over my producer Kojak, who is not Jewish and had never been to Israel. Seeing how Israel affects everyone, how the landscape impacted the shaping of the record was indescribable. So much energy was given to this record from so many different people coming at it from different perspectives – all while we were in Israel for those 10 days. I hope that magic of Israel is obvious when people hear the record.

Matisyahu wanted to give Aish.com readers a chance to hear selected songs from his new record.  Click here to stream these selected songs from now until Thursday, and to pre order “Spark Seeker” at special discounted rate.

Please feel free to contact Eli Goldsmith

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Eli Goldsmith aka the Midnightrabbi inspired, is originally from a well-known family, in the music biz and entertainment industry, from London, has transferred his upbringing and talents to be at the cutting edge of culture and Jewish talent hosting events for many programs. He studied in England at John Lyons School Harrow, Woodhouse College and Sussex University! Continuing his education in Israel, Talmudic Law and group council at Ohr Somayach, Kollel Aiza Birah and Kollel Boston, in Derech Hamelech and Rabbi in 6 well-known programs where was named honorably the Midnightrabbi by the beloved students themselves, He has rounded off his outlook with a large breath of wisdom including the "7 habits" from Stephen Covey to become the “10 habits” practical business successful approach. Working as a Consultant in the well-known Charity for 4 years, the Jaffa Institute and sister program the Bet Shemesh Educational Center is where he honed his talents in management and formed a bond with many special people worldwide. Recently working as a Consultant and Office manager of UKA United Kashruth Authority. And as a Counselor at Retorno a REHAB center. Eli was excitedly consulting @Grantwatch.com, Hiko.Energy.com & Campuscasa.com as Customer Service & Sales Executive updating their Social media, @Student Services at MJI Institute. Eli Goldsmith is looking for new opportunities to inspire, alongside performing successfully as a Customer Service Executive at Nu Mark LLC. Eli contributes to HR and training with CX talks and positive professional feedback. Speaking in front of large audiences with confidence and inspiration. Eli is dedicating his spare time to the Future Special Education. This is the key to the root of the issue in Education! Partner with Founder of Unity Inspires Projects aka UPI! Unityinspiresprojects@gmail.com & for consultancy & speaker :) Eli G for your phone specialists Customer Service Manager - eligcellularisrael@gmail.com

8 responses to “Emuna? Now that’s what i call a Birthday cake! Matisyahu with Aish?com?”

  1. midnightrabbi says :

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.202041396588036.42279.100003465317665&type=1 Everyone i will be in Teli with Eli this Wednesday early night until Midnightrabbi inspires 🙂 for meeting call 0573175856 🙂 and i can meet early with bookins c ya 🙂

    • midnightrabbi says :

      Before anyone gets confused, please read this , an Anonymous answer to Matisyahu’s changes and his article in Aish.com with five big ?’s!

      The first big question is why does Aish.com post an Exclusive Interview about an Exclusive person such as Matisyahu , which should right now only confuse people 🙂 ? Why didn’t you post a response to Matisyahu’s post which is bordering on Apicorus etc… and Matisyahy has much more influence in this article than Aish.com?

      The second big question is why post from Matisyahu numerous times his confusing response about re-defining Judism, and comments such as “I was literally walking out of a jail cell that I had been in”… ?

      The third big question is why are people focusing so much on the external issues like beard and peah’s when there are more fundamental issues, like dying Matisyahu’s hair yellow which is against Torah Mitzvos, holding a girl on Matisyahu’s lap, stage diving , crowd surfing and the general vibe of little consideration of the Holiness of himself and our Torah rules towards the men and women laws ?!? And many more fundamental issues that Aish.com is missing ?

      The fourth big question is where is Aish.com and other Rabbonim openness to guide people like Matisyahu threw crisis of faith/ Baal Teshuvah issues, and isn’t Aish.com embarased to admit that there kiruv (=bringing people closer) is too superficial to help long term issues such as Matisyahu is struggling with? Where is Matisyahu’s inspirational figures in his journey and people he can turn to for advice, Where is the second line Kiruv ?

      The fifth big question is where is Matisyahu heading and all the other friends like Erez Shemspeed and and Y-love who are condoning Gay life styles while also appearing in Aish.com articles? Can’t there be more credibility to post about good clear examples of Baal Teshuvah , who have battled the confusion head on and clarified with advice from Rabbonim , while being able to express their talents and fulfilled Torah life styles!?:)

      The bottom line is to focus on the positive that we Jews are struggling with the hardest challenges in history both externally and internally. And any movement towards G-d will be praised, like Aish Hatorah’s true kiruv movement and the sincere people within, like Matisyahu connection to G-d through prayer and inspirational songs of old. But where is his wife and family heading, with a father filled with tests beyond the biggest Righteuos people in history, and what makes Maitsyahu think he can be a spark seeker , when our most important role is simply just to do G-d’s will and this will elevate the sparks more than enough 🙂

      Matisyahu needs tremendous Mercy amongst all confused people of our day , along with websites and organaisations like Aish.com. I wonder if they showed their Head of Yeshivah what they post and the goals and content?

      May we all be guided by the truth of real Teshuvah that brings us all sincerely closer to Hashem , including Maitsyahu ben Rochel Malka and all our confused friends, to real Emunah (faith) and success that is a kiddush Hashem for all time with Moshiach NOW!

      http://www.aish.com/sp/so/Matisyahu_Exclusive_Interview.html?s=nb they posted my comment thanks G-d!
      Now feel free to read below and remember , this is very confused!!!

  2. midnightrabbi says :

    Reblogged this on midnightrabbi inspires! and commented:

    How do you deal with life in the spotlight?

    I don’t know. How do you deal with it? It’s pretty cool.

    You change your appearance — that’s one thing! Do people not recognize you these days?

    Not even at my own shows!

    When I saw you at the hotel, I didn’t even recognize you. You were wearing blue gym shorts, a blue T-shirt and tennis shoes — you just looked like a regular basketball player. People always grow and change and that’s awesome. Why did you decide to make your religious transformation so public?

    The question is how do I not make it anything but public? I didn’t think I wanted to mention it. I wasn’t planning on mentioning it afterwards, with the Twitter thing. But I was going through Twitter and I read that quote [“When the tide comes in I lose my disguise”] — a fan quoted that lyric from “Thunder,” and I was like, “Oh, that’s perfect!”

    ‘Who is to say what the disguise is?’
    Sometimes you write lyrics and it can mean one thing for you and then a year later it can mean a totally different thing for you and at that moment I felt, wow, there is something inside of me even at that point that felt that I was in disguise. There was some part of me even four years ago when I wrote that song that felt one day I’m going to take off my disguise and then, on the other hand, you can say, “Who is to say what the disguise is?” Maybe the other one is the disguise. But in that moment, I felt it was time to reveal panim, the face. So then I was thinking, “People will see me at shows and they won’t get that it’s me — I’m gonna have to mention it. People are going to want to know what’s going on.”

    How are you navigating your current level of Jewish observance on the road?

    It’s kind of a different thing for me now. There are certain things I am still holding on to strongly, like obviously not performing on Shabbos, not traveling on Shabbos. Kosher. Kosher has been easy for me in this run because we have a chef and he is a vegetarian and he cooks just for me. So that one’s like knocked off. So that’s that. Shabbos is Shabbos.

    ‘There are so many rules in Judaism, and if you get into them and you get obsessed and you have the kind of life that I have, it can make you a very unhappy person’
    Everything else, for the most part, I’m not holding myself to it in terms of the rule aspect of it. It is more about an ideal. Ideally I would like to put my tefillin on every morning and daven mincha and daven ma’ariv [two of the three daily prayer services]. And I would like to say brachos [blessings] and all these things. But I sort of stopped holding myself to it. It is a weight off now I do it when I have the time and it feels right. When I make the time, I am a little bit more accepting, a little more patient with myself maybe than I was in past years trying to fit in putting tefillin on with, like, in the morning when I had to be at a radio station at 8:30… There are so many rules in Judaism, and if you get into them and you get obsessed and you have the kind of life that I have, it can make you a very unhappy person. It can make everything complicated and more stressful than it needs to be, so I kind of loosened the knots a little bit.

    How was the transformation for your family?

    My one-year-old dealt with it. He had to get used to seeing my face. I think the first time I held him, he didn’t recognize me. But it was very quickly that he got it. I think they look in the eyes. And the feeling and the voice. Maybe more than anyone else my one-year-old son got it right away. No judgments, certainly from him. And then, my other two boys go to Chabad school (in Los Angeles), and I had to warn them and tell them that people might say stuff. We had to have a lot of conversations.

    ‘More than anyone else my one year old son got it right away. No judgments’
    I think it’s given them a whole new take on… everything, because they will want to know. That things are not as simple; life is a little more complex. It is not so clear.

    We had a conversation with my son on the way up here that was so interesting, where he was saying that… the whole thing with Jews and non-Jews and the differences and all that. I try to open them up and just give them alternatives. Basically, I just tell them, “When you are raised in a religious family, you learn that there is no alternative. That there is one ultimate truth. And you can see it might come in various shades and colors. At the end of the day there is one truth and that one truth is this.”

    I’ve had to talk to my kids and explain that maybe that’s not so. Basically what I tell them is that no one can ever be sure of anything — and in this life, your teachers, parents, yourself — you can have your own ideas, your own opinions, intuitions feelings, etc., whatever it is. But never to be too sure of yourself, and never to be too sure of anyone because, at the end of the day, we don’t know. That was a new idea for them. But amazing conversations — me and my sons.
    Please read my blog its to hard for me to say more, other than quote my friends , ” I was even more scared after seeing matis
    I was done from the music bus.
    I realized though that Hashem needs warriors everywhere
    where one falls
    he raises another!
    Lets start with Getting our kids back to Torah and seeing its light
    Daven to H” about it
    the lines get so blurry with Public rebuke
    or anything in the like!”
    I agreed but make sure you all speak to your local truthful Rabbi before being confused by any public statements and paths of modern day musicians ! Hashem Yerachem ! Moshaich now !

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