You Can Live A Lie For Only So Long

I did not shave or cut my beard for almost four years. Then I cut it off three months ago.

A couple of weeks ago, Matisyahu cut off his beard.

Many people have asked me for my opinion.

I say — you can live a lie for only so long.

Most people can keep up a front for a limited time.

After a while, if you’re a Jew with a beard, you either conform your life to your beard or you conform your beard to your life.

Matisyahu and I conformed our faces to our lives. We weren’t living as traditional Orthodox Jews and after a while, we abandoned the pretense.

I have not meaningfully reduced my Jewish observance since cutting off my beard. While I had my beard, I was a little more careful to dress up to the beard in Jewish contexts.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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