In a fascinating story, Dina Kraft reports on the Diddy protege and rapper Shyne, who served 9 years in prison for a nightclub shooting. Shyne is now “Moses Levi” and an apparently serious Orthodox Jew who lives in Jerusalem, where he drives a Lamborghini:
“The science of Judaism” as Mr. Levi refers to it, has become his system for living, a lifeline that connects him to God and becoming a better human being. He sees no conflict fusing the hip-hop world with the life of a Torah-observant Jew.
Although I was initially skeptical, it began to make sense when Moses “Shyne” Levi began discoursing on the great virtues of laws:
“What I do get is boundaries,” he said. “Definition and form. And that is what Shabbat is. You can’t just do whatever you want to do. You have to set limits for yourself.
“All these rules, rules, rules,” he said with his hand on an open page of the Talmud. “But you know what you have if you don’t have rules? You end up with a bunch of pills in your stomach. When you don’t know when to say when and no one tells you no, you go off the deep.”
One gets the sense that the form of laws matters less to him than the fact of laws. I can see the fundamental(ist) attraction for him.