The Shmooze

Bono Likes To Bike Around Dressed as A Hasidic Jew

By Anne Cohen

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I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I hate Bono. And now, he’s just given me another reason.

In an interview with CBS radio station KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show, fellow U2 band-member The Edge mentioned that the lead singer casually dresses up as a Hasidic Jew while cycling around New York City.

This explained why no one managed to snap a picture of him when he took a major tumble in Central Park, causing U2 to cancel several shows. Asked about the mishap, The Edge replied, “You know, when Bono goes cycling he likes to dress up as a Hasidic Jew.”

Right. I seem to remember another famous human who was chastised for doing something similar (cough John Galliano). So, we’re just supposed to feel sympathy for Bono? Good to know.

Last month, U2 posted a messaged to fans on Facebook informing them that “…Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back!…”

In the meantime, continue deleting the free U2 albums from your iCloud here.

You can listen to the full interview here.

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Orange is the New Black, Purim Edition

By Dan Friedman

To celebrate the release of the new Netflix series ‘Rambam is the new Rashi,’ thousands of Hasids took to the streets of Los Angeles.

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Beard-Gate, a Matisyahu Shaving Roundup

By Dan Friedman

Never in the field of human barbery has so much been written by so many, about so few… hairs.

One shave and we’re Shmoozing, of course but we’re not only Shmoozing, we’re Thinking too.

But it’s not only the Forward that has gone stark raving beard bonkers, over at religiondispatches.org they’ve taken some time off from theological niceties and geopolitical necessities to give Forward columnist Jay Michaelson some time to weigh into Beard-Gate.

The Washington Post explains how Matis no longer feels the need for rules, Billboard bemoans the loss of the first “chassidic reggae superstar” and Gawker leads with the Onion-esque stance that shaving off his beard is a publicity stunt.

Ironically, The Onion’s A.V. Club merely notes that Matis’s strange phrase to the effect that “you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair” might mean that his mustache might come calling at your door in 2012.

Seems like Matis might no longer qualify for the International Facial Hair Festival, which is a shame.

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Matisyahu Shows Off Startling New Look

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

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Reggae star Matisyahu has shaved his long beard, posted photos of his startling new look on Twitter, and is now saying that he is disavowing the Hasidic life he has led for the past decade.

Tuesday morning, with the photos, he tweeted a somewhat cryptic line that seemed to explain at least part of his new look:

At the break of day I look for you at sunrise, when the tide comes in I lose my disguise.

Later in the day he posted on his blog a statement indicating the magnitude of the change:

This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter. No more Chassidic reggae superstar.

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Man Who Blogs About Hasidic Neighbors Wins in Court

By Michael Kaminer

A Montreal blogger who’s raised the hackles of his Orthodox neighbors in Montreal’s Outremont district scored a victory against a Jewish businessman who’d been seeking a restraining order against him.

CTV reports that Pierre Lacerte’s blog, Accommodements Outremont, has “created tension on his street” by “chronicling what he perceives as bylaw violations from Outremont’s Hasidic community.”

Much of Lacerte’s anger “is drawn from an unmarked, inconspicuous synagogue in a [neighborhood] apartment that he contends creates an undue level of disturbance on his street,” CTV reports.

The French-language blog, which reported on a range of apparent violations of city ordinances by the area’s growing Orthodox population, drew accusations of anti-Semitism “to the point where Michael Rosenberg sought the restraining order that was rejected Monday,” CTV wrote.

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An Orthodox 'We Are the World' for Sholom Rubashkin

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The latest effort to rally supporters for jailed Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin comes in the form of a six-minute music video posted online yesterday, featuring a who’s who of Hasidic music stars.

The video mixes slo-mo shots of Rubashkin with “We Are the World”-style clips of the all-male cast of singers in the recording studio.

Rubashkin is serving a 27-year sentence on bank fraud charges relating to his leadership of Agriprocessors. Immigration charges against Rubashkin have been dismissed, and he was acquitted of child labor charges.

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