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Matisyahu 101

Rabbi Ely Allen provided an example of lyrics illustrating the depth of Matisyahu’s music.

"King Without a Crown," from his first album, "Shake Off the Dust…Arise," contains the words:

You’re all that I have and you’re all that I need

Each and every day I pray to get to know you please

I want to be close to you, yes I’m so hungry

You’re like water for my soul when it gets thirsty

Without you there’s no me

You’re the air that I breathe

This verse is about Matisyahu’s personal relationship with God, Allen said. The metaphor of water for his soul is also taken from a verse in Psalms comparing Torah to water. In the psalm, when a deer is parched, it goes to water; when the soul is parched, it goes to God. "It’s a very profound relationship with God," Allen said.

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