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  • Valentines Day A Kabbalistic Analysis

    02/09/2015 4:34:06 PM PST · by Jeremiah Jr · 2 replies
    Free Republic (update) ^ | 20th of Sh'vat, 5775 | Mordechi ben Avram
    Valentines Day A Kabbalistic Analysis There is a very real link between Soul Mates and Valentines Day. First, some foundation. Every week in the synagogues a section of the Torah and Prophets are read. There are special readings for festivals and special Sabbaths. Shabbat Shekalim (from Wikipedia) Shabbat Shekalim ("Sabbath [of] shekels" שבת שקלים) read in preparation for Purim, requests each adult male Jew contribute half of a Biblical shekel for the upkeep of the Tabernacle, or mishkan (משכן). The Torah portion Exodus 30:11-16 (the beginning of Parasha Ki Tisa) is read. Notice Half! Torah Portion for Shabbat Shekalim...
  • Has Madonna ditched Kabbalah for Islam?

    10/07/2013 4:20:54 PM PDT · by karatemom · 73 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | October 6, 2013 | Aladair Glennie
    It is almost a quarter of a century since she first sang Like A Prayer. But it seems the intervening years have done little to help Madonna decide exactly who shes praying to. For it appears the queen of re-invention may be on the verge of one of her most startling changes yet, after she revealed she was studying the Koran. The 55-year-old was raised a Roman Catholic, but for the past 17 years she has been a devout follower of Kabbalah, a mystical offshoot of Judaism. Now the singer, whose current partner is a Muslim, has begun investigating Islam....
  • Madonna: The Kabbalah predicted an Obama victory and a Palin candidacy

    12/12/2008 11:02:13 PM PST · by indianbob · 38 replies · 1,171+ views
    All News Web ^ | 12-12-2008 | K DeVille
    Now Madonna has allegedly claimed that Obama's presidency was foretold by the mystical writings of the Kabbalah. Associates of Madonna within the Kabbalah community have observed that according to the Zohar, one of the holiest books of the Kabbalah movement, in the final days a good leader will rise and battle evil,
  • Theologian Blasts Christian Leaders Fooled Into Endorsing Kabbalah, Gnostic Version of 'Noah'

    04/01/2014 10:28:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies ^ | 4-1-2014 | John Nolte
    Where the numerous Christian leaders who endorsed the film really got fooled, though, was in assuming Aronofsky's "Noah" had anything to do with God of the Old Testament or the Bible. It doesn't. "Noah" is really about "The Creator," a completely different being according to Gnostics, and an evil one. If Aronosfsly's "god" seemed a little anti-human to some of us, here's why: Except that when Gnostics speak about The Creator they are not talking about God. Oh, here in an affluent world living off the fruits of Christendom the term Creator generally denotes the true and living God. But...
  • Sympathy For The Devil

    04/01/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT · by My hearts in London - Everett · 9 replies
    Dr. Brian Mattson :The Website: ^ | March 31, 2014 | Dr. Brian Mattson
    In Darren Aronofskys new star-gilt silver screen epic, Noah, Adam and Eve are luminescent and fleshless, right up until the moment they eat the forbidden fruit. Such a notion isnt found in the Bible, of course. This, among the multitude of Aronofskys other imaginative details like giant Lava Monsters, has caused many a reviewers head to be scratched. Conservative-minded evangelicals write off the film because of the liberties taken with the text of Genesis, while a more liberal-minded group stands in favor of cutting the director some slack. After all, we shouldnt expect a professed atheist to have the same...
  • How My iPhone Upgrade Redefined the Meaning of Life Where does life truly reside, anyway?

    01/26/2013 6:16:51 PM PST · by Phinneous · 2 replies
    Chabad.ord ^ | 1/20/13 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
    It was one of one of those grand summits in the journey through life, when the entire landscape is set before you in ultra-high definition. Suddenly, you know where you are, where you are going and what you have to do to get there. I upgraded my iPhone....
  • Not Madonna's Kabbalah

    09/04/2011 9:41:44 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 37 replies ^ | 9/4/2011 | Tzvi Frieeman
    Inside your body breathes a persona soul. Inside the body of Jewish practice breathes an inner wisdomthe soul of Judaism. We often call it Kabbalah, meaning receiving. Just as Jewish practice is received through an unbroken, ancient tradition from the revelation at Sinai, so is its soul. Kabbalah, then, is the received wisdom, the native theology and cosmology of Judaism.
  • Madonna 'ditches Kabbalah for Opus Dei'

    04/19/2011 10:22:26 PM PDT · by malkee · 60 replies
    UK Daily Mirror ^ | April 11 2011 | Tom Bryant
    FOR the past 15 years, she has been Kabbalahs most high profile and dedicated follower. But now Madonna has apparently ditched the controversial faith and taken up with Opus Dei the secretive Catholic sect made famous in The Da Vinci Code. The singer is said to be intrigued by the organisation and spent Friday with priests from the centres London HQ. The move follows her alleged falling out with some Kabbalah leaders after reports that cash raised for her Malawi charity was squandered. Last night a source claimed: She has invested so much into Kabbalah so she was devastated...
  • Madonna splits from her Muslim toyboy, 24, after 'rows about religion'

    05/06/2011 11:44:41 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 72 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 12:08 AM on 7th May 2011 | By Ben Todd and Sara Nathan
    He's 24, but she is older than his mother. Hes a strict Muslim, she has fervent Kabbalah beliefs. So it was hardly likely to last. Madonna, 52, has split from her lover Brahim Zaibat, a hip-hop dancer, after nine months, the Daily Mail has learned. Last night a close friend of Zaibats said sarcastically: Whos Madonna? The friend added: Brahim has been home and hes a single guy
  • Madonna's Kabbalah Disaster in Malawi (or in Beverly Hills - charity fraud)

    04/04/2011 11:32:29 AM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 3, 2011 | Unknown
    The stars much-lauded effort to help girls in the African nation of Malawi just imploded. In this weeks Newsweek, Wayne Barrett asks: Is Kabbalah to blame?Late last month, it was reported that Madonnas Raising Malawi foundation, one of the most visible celebrity-driven charity efforts in the Third World, one that pulled in major donations from around Hollywood and elsewhere, was abandoning its planned mission: to build a $15 million girls academy in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. A report by the Global Philanthropy Group, which Madonna brought in to represent her as trouble developed in the...
  • Gov. Paterson turns to higher power by wearing red string kabbalah bracelet to ward off evil

    07/15/2010 4:43:28 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 32 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 07/15/2010 | Celeste Katz
    Gov. Paterson is counting on a Madonna-blessed higher power to lead him out of the mess in Albany. The lame-duck governor has begun wearing a red string kabbalah bracelet - just like the Material Girl - in an eyebrow-raising bid to deflect ill will. "It was explained to the governor that the red string is a symbol of protection [that] wards off problems and tribulations," Paterson spokesman Morgan Hook said. ...
  • Lets Blame It All on Madonna

    09/06/2009 12:07:35 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 11 replies · 1,065+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Sept. 6 | Sammy Benoit
    These days it seems like non-Jews all over the place are trying to take a piece of Jewish learning or history and make it their own. The problem is that in many cases they are copying Jews who just dont understand the Torah foundation supporting the traditions. See the Faux Mitzvah a party for 13-year-old Gentile children that skips the religious ceremony part. In some cases the non-Jews are being duped, as with Hollywoods Kabbalah fad which turns sacred texts into little more than red string bracelets and holy water. There are those of the Jewish faith who will...
  • Madonna Forbidden to Sing in Israel says Top Kabbalah Rabbi

    08/31/2009 12:12:59 AM PDT · by Tzvi · 21 replies · 1,089+ views
    Israel National News ^ | August 31, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Madonna and her entourage splashed into Israel for two shows, but leading Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Batzri expressed sorrow that Israelis put out the red carpet for the non-Jewish star who dabbles in Kabbalah. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Opposition leader Tzipi Livni are among those who will meet Madonna, a Roman Catholic who has adopted the Jewish name Esther.

    01/11/2009 2:38:36 PM PST · by Cindy · 82 replies · 1,842+ views ^ | January 11, 2009 | n/a
  • Madonna: Obama needs the Kabbalah

    12/09/2008 8:01:26 PM PST · by indianbob · 20 replies · 877+ views
    All News Web ^ | 10-12-2008 | Kerry DeVille
    Madonna has suggested that Barack Obama could be helped by the wisdom of the Kabbalah* (Traditionally spelt 'Cabbala') in making tough decisions during his presidency particularly in regards to seeking world peace and unifying the nation, according to unconfirmed ...............
  • Spirituality for kids: a Kabbalah project supported by Demi Moore

    06/05/2008 5:02:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 174+ views
    Times of London ^ | 06/05/08 | Karen Bartlett
    June 5, 2008 Spirituality for kids: a Kabbalah project supported by Demi Moore How Hollywood's A-list stars are bringing the cult of Kabbalah to inner-city schools in London. Is it sinister or safe? Karen Bartlett The room is dark. Giant oversized pencils hang from the ceiling. It's a crazy upside-down world full of crayons that are 3ft long, Lego bricks bigger than loaves of bread and huge geometry sets. Then there is the light. Demi Moore is on stage with two candles. She spreads the flame from one candle to another: About ten years ago I was in an enviable...
  • Rabbis disgusted by Madonna's visit

    09/17/2007 11:23:54 AM PDT · by Alouette · 29 replies · 135+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sept. 17, 2007 | Matthew Wagner
    Orthodox teachers of Kabbala reacted with disdain Sunday to pop idol Madonna's Rosh Hashana visit in Israel, during which she took part in a study session of Judaism's most esoteric texts. "It is a known fact in Kabbala that impurity and evil are inherently attracted to sanctity," said a director of one of the most respected Kabbala yeshivot in Jerusalem who preferred that he and his institution remain anonymous. "That's why people of Hollywood, a place of iniquity and lasciviousness, are naturally attracted to the holiness of Kabbala." The director of the yeshiva said he was explaining a basic Kabbalistic...
  • Messiah mystery follows death of mystical rabbi

    05/18/2007 1:58:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies · 2,443+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | May 18, 2007
    Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri A controversy is raging in Israel, in evangelical circles in the U.S. and on kabbalah web forums worldwide following the posthumous release of what a revered Sephardic rabbi claimed to be the name of the Messiah. When Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri died in February 2006, somewhere between the age of 106 and 117, 300,000 attended his funeral in Jerusalem. The Baghdad-born kabbalist had gained notoriety around the world for issuing apocalyptic warnings and for saying he personally met the long-awaited Jewish Messiah in November 2003. Before Kaduri died, he reportedly wrote the name of the Messiah on...
  • Crystal Amulet Poses Question On Early Christianity (Denmark - 100AD)

    03/09/2007 11:37:30 AM PST · by blam · 88 replies · 2,310+ views
    Denmark DK ^ | 3-9-2007
    9 March 2007 Crystal amulet poses question on early Christianity An overlooked crystal amulet in the National Museum suggests new understandings about Christianity's origins in Denmark King Harold Bluetooth brought Christianity to Denmark roughly 1100 years ago. At least that's what he declared on the Jelling Stone located in Jutland: 'King Haraldr ordered this monument made in memory of Gormr, his father, and in memory of Thyrv, his mother; that Haraldr who won for himself all of Denmark and Norway and made the Danes Christian.' A tiny crystal amulet in the National Museum's archives suggests something quite different though, that...
  • Mike Richardson and Arvid Nelson on Johnny Depp's New Project Rex Mundi [like DaVinci Code]

    09/22/2006 9:17:50 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies · 491+ views ^ | 20 September 2006 | Robert Sanchez
    Imagine a 20th Century that still had religious inquisitions, a world where the medieval Catholic Church still controlled everything and everyone. Where people were still burned at the stake, no religious tolerance and a place where everyone feared for their lives. Welcome to the world of Rex Mundi. The first time that I heard about Rex Mundi was while working on the set of Tim Sullivans' Driftwood about a year ago. Famed Rock 'N' Roll KISS photographer turned movie producer Barry Levine mentioned that they were working with Johnny Depp on a film. Sworn to secrecy and under threats of...
  • Man inhabits dog? (Possessed Dog Vistis Deceased Rabbi's House for Ceremony)

    09/18/2006 3:14:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 489+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Mon Sep 18
    A stray dog which refused to budge from the home of a recently deceased rabbi has finally moved on after a "redemption ceremony" at an Israeli cemetery. The dog, pictured in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper Monday, showed up at the house of the late Rabbi Nahman Dubinky. Rabbis expert in Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, concluded the animal could be possessed by a tortured soul seeking redemption. Ultra-Orthodox Jews traditionally do not keep dogs as pets. "Sometimes the souls of sinners, such as adulterers or people who slept with non-Jews, enter the body of a dog," Rabbi Yitzhak Basri, a Kabbalah scholar,...
  • Cynics Mock, Charities Defend Stars Aiding Africa

    08/27/2006 8:48:18 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 11 replies · 650+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 27, 2006 | Mike Collett-White and Mabvuto Banda
    LONDON/MPHANDULA, Malawi (Reuters) - Madonna feels responsible for the children of the world and has found herself a "big, big project" to help orphans in Malawi. Gwyneth Paltrow declares "I am African" in a new advertisement for a charity working in Africa. The continent has long been a favorite destination for celebrity campaigners, going back to 1954 when Danny Kaye became UNICEF's goodwill ambassador. U2's Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldof are Africa veterans, and more recently Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have brought Hollywood gloss to the continent. But the latest flood of stars searching for a good...
  • Madonna reportedly leaving Kabbalah

    07/10/2006 11:39:34 AM PDT · by Millee · 24 replies · 899+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/10/06 | Mike Obel
    Pop star Madonna is reportedly close to dumping Kabbalah, a mystical form of Judaism that she has rather publicly embraced recently. Friends say the singer has talked of loosening her red Kabbalah wristband as she wearies of the religion, the Independent reported Sunday. She also is tired of the financial burdens associated with being a devotee and mindful, too, of the stress her interest in the Kabbalah has put on her marriage to Guy Ritchie. "The singer's links to the version of Kabbalah that she follows are so intimate now personally and financially that withdrawal would be difficult,...
  • Celebrity Death Match: Scientology vs. Kabbalah

    04/06/2006 6:16:40 PM PDT · by pissant · 23 replies · 422+ views
    Post Chronicle ^ | 3/30/06 | Mitch Marconi
    Oh that wacky Hollywood, only in tinsel town could there be a battle of trendy religions. In fact, it almost seems like a bit of a competition between the two heavyweight cults. tPC fave Jeannette Walls says Kabbalah has won round one: 'The two religions - which are all the rage among the celeb set - have reportedly been vying for high-profile celebrity followers, and few are as coveted as former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and her hubby, soccer superstar David Beckham. The twosome is considered England's hottest couple, and celeb-watchers there follow them obsessively. "It appears that there has...
  • Madonna eyes Israel house to await Messiah

    03/03/2006 8:40:30 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 77 replies · 1,625+ views
    AFP ^ | March 3, 2006
    US pop diva Madonna wants to buy a house in the Israeli town of Rosh Pina, where the ancient Jewish Kabbalah tradition expects the Messiah to appear at the end of the world. Yediot Aharonot said the owner of a 100-year-old, ramshackle five-bedroom villa overlooking the Sea of the Galilee had been recently contacted several times by representatives of the superstar with a view to selling his property. According to the same source, Madonna wants to renovate the building into a centre of study of mystical Jewish texts pored over by Kabbalah followers. The self-proclaimed Material Girl, a keen aficionado...
  • 300,000 attend Rabbi Kaduri's funeral [world's greatest Kabbalist Rabbi]

    01/29/2006 10:16:44 AM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 95 replies · 2,786+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | January 29, 2006 | Matthew Wagner and Jpost Staff
    Famed Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri was laid to rest at Har Hamenuhot in Givat Shaul late Sunday afternoon. Over 300,000 people, including rabbis and public figures, took part in the funeral procession. The eulogies and procession began from the Nahalat Yitzhak Yeshiva in Jerusalem's Bukharian Quarter at 12:00 p.m. Among those who eulogized Kaduri were Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and President Moshe Katsav. Former foreign minister Silvan Shalom and his wife Judy were also in attendance. Magen David Adom provided 10 ambulances and 22 motorbikes to secure the funeral procession, and had also positioned a number of ambulances throughout...
  • Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri Passes Away in Jerusalem at 108

    01/28/2006 6:21:14 PM PST · by Alouette · 17 replies · 2,603+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Jan. 28, 2006 | Ezra HaLevi
    Elder Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri passed away Saturday night at Jerusalem's Bikur Cholim Hospital. His funeral will take place Sunday at noon. Rav Kaduri, born in 1898, was 108 years old. He was hospitalized for 13 days prior to his death. Rabbi Kaduri's funeral will set out at 12 PM Sunday from Jerusalem's Nahalat Yitzchak Yeshiva, which he headed. The Yeshiva is located in 19 David Street in the capital's Bucharian neighborhood. The procession will continue until Har HaMenuchot. Arutz-7 Hebrew Radio show host Yehoshua Meiri, a student of Rabbi Kaduri, visited Rabbi Kaduri at his hospital bedside two weeks...
  • Sharon targeted with "death curse"

    01/05/2006 8:45:28 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 201 replies · 3,236+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 26, 2005 | Aaron Klein
    FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU Sharon targeted with 'death curse' Extremists used ritual against Rabin 1 month before he was assassinated Posted: July 26, 2005 1:59 p.m. Eastern By Aaron Klein 2005 Fringe activists held a midnight kabbalistic ritual in an ancient cemetery calling for angels of death to kill Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and thwart his Gaza withdrawal plan, participants in the ceremony told WND. The same individuals used the ritual against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin one month before his assassination in 1995. The activists said they performed a 'Pulsa Dinura' a kabbalistic ceremony in which...
  • Kabbalah guru arrested for fraud [Madonna's "rabbi" BUSTED]

    10/30/2005 9:38:46 AM PST · by Alouette · 51 replies · 1,789+ views
    YNet News ^ | Oct. 30, 2005 | Avi Cohen
    Police arrest Sunday Shaul Youdkevitch, head of Kabbalah Center in Israel, on suspicion he extracted money from cancer patient, convinced her donations will make her recover from illness A woman suffering from cancer was talked into paying tens of thousands of dollars to the Israeli Kabbalah Center, on the pretext that the donation would help to improve her condition. After her death at the age of fifty, the woman's husband filed a complaint against the head of the center, Shaul Youdkevitch, who was consequently arrested by the police Sunday. Youdkevitch, one of the main figures in Kabbalah studies worldwide and...
  • Madonna Versus the Rabbis

    10/11/2005 1:45:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 679+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 11, 2005 | Josh Grossberg
    Back when she was Catholic, Madonna drew the ire of the Vatican with such ditties as "Like a Prayer." Now a Kabbalah enthusiast, the Material Girl is still feeling the wrath of religious leaders. The artist otherwise known as Esther has come under fire from religious scholars in Israel for using the name of a revered Kabbalist rabbi in a song featured on her upcoming album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. According to local reports, rabbis charged with looking after the grave of Yitzhak Luria, a 16th century Jewish mystic buried in the northern town of Safed, criticized Madonna for...
  • Madonna Upsets Jews

    10/09/2005 2:07:05 PM PDT · by Cecily · 37 replies · 1,122+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 9, 2005
    WORD that Madonna's upcoming album includes a paean to a 16th-century Jewish mystic has prompted the rabbis who guard his legacy to accuse the pop idol of sacrilege and hint at divine punishment. The Confessions on a Dance Floor collection includes a song titled Isaac - in reference, entertainment media say, to Rabbi Isaac Luria, founder of the Kabbalah school of mysticism which counts Madonna, 47, as one of its devotees. The custodians of Rabbi Luria's tomb and seminary in the northern Israeli town of Safed accused her of breaking a taboo. "There is a prohibition in Jewish law against...
  • Kabbalist Urges Jews to Israel Ahead of Upcoming Disasters

    09/14/2005 10:27:20 AM PDT · by Alouette · 67 replies · 1,439+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Sept. 14, 2005
    Israel's leading known Kabbalistic Elder, Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri called upon worldwide Jewry Tuesday night to return to Israel due to the natural disasters which threaten to strike the world. In a class between between the Mincha (afternoon) and Maariv (evening) prayers at his Jerusalem yeshiva seminary, Rabbi Kaduri issued the following call:This declaration I find fitting to issue for all of the Jews of the world to hear. It is incumbent upon them to return to the Land of Israel due to terrible natural disasters which threaten the world. In the future, the Holy One, Blessed be He, will...
  • A celeb-seeker's quest: Scientology brunch vs. hot Kabbalah women

    08/08/2005 7:14:28 AM PDT · by manny613 · 7 replies · 1,026+ views
    I thought being a Jew was going to carry me. But after two seasons of making sitcom pilots that didn't land on the fall schedule, I needed a new religion to further my Hollywood career. I was going to have to choose between Scientology and Kabbalah Center.
  • 'Pulsa denura' tape sparks TV dogfight

    07/27/2005 7:52:49 AM PDT · by Alouette · 38 replies · 1,066+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 27, 2005
    Channel 10 Executive Producer Avi Barzilai on Wednesday repulsed the idea of broadcasting a tape of the Pulsa Denura ceremony against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, calling the rite "a despicable ceremony by despicable people bought and broadcast by individuals who pretend to be journalists and would do anything in order to raise their ratings." "As a senior journalist," he told Army Radio, "I don't regard them as members of the profession," Barzilai continued. Israel Segal - chief editor of Channel 2's current affairs program Mishal Ham that acquired the tape for $5,000 - claimed that the moment the tape became...
  • 'Pulsa denura' invoked against Sharon

    07/26/2005 9:33:31 AM PDT · by Alouette · 70 replies · 6,128+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 26, 2005 | Yaakov Katz
    Far-right activists instigated a pulsa denura - Aramaic for 'lashes of fire' - death curse against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last Thursday night in an effort to thwart the upcoming disengagement plan. The ceremony was held late Thursday night at the gravesite of Shlomo Ben-Yosef, a Betar member who was hanged by the British in 1938 for firing on an Arab bus in protest of numerous attacks by Arabs on Jewish targets. Twenty married men, including rabbis and kabalists, participated in the ceremony. All 20, including Yosef Dayan - who instigated the same curse several months prior to the assassination...
  • Kabbala makes some want to holla?

    06/18/2005 7:50:05 AM PDT · by amosmoses · 6 replies · 257+ views
    Jews For Jesus | Lev Leigh
    RETURN TO PUBLICATIONS HOME ISSUES Kabbalah: Fact or Fiction? by Lev Leigh -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This article originally appeared in ISSUES 12:2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, emissary of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, has a reputation of presenting Judaism as a vibrant, spiritual experience and not merely as a set of laws and prohibitions. Carlebach tells the story of his visit to an Israeli army unit during the Lebanese War: "I met the I.D.F. chaplain and asked him 'How is everything?' And he responded, 'Fine. The meat is kosher' "So I said, 'If I wanted good salami, I wouldn't come to Lebanon for...
  • What's Behind Hollywood's Fascination with Kabbalah?

    06/17/2005 10:10:13 AM PDT · by missyme · 63 replies · 2,757+ views
    Religion News ^ | June 17th, 2005
    New Take on Ancient Jewish Spiritual Teachings Has Drawn Celebrities and Criticism Jun. 17, 2005 - Most people don't have a clue what the spiritual movement Kabbalah is, though they may be aware it has something to do with a parade of stars from Madonna to Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton wearing red strings on their wrists. Kabbalah has become a multimillion-dollar empire with more than 40 branches all over the world. But is the Kabbalah of the stars the same Kabbalah that Jewish men in Israel have been quietly studying for...
  • Madonna's Hotel Kabbalah?

    06/11/2005 9:08:09 AM PDT · by zencat · 9 replies · 396+ views
    E! Online via Yahoo ^ | 06/10/2005 | E! Online News
    Apparently, Madonna's devotion to Kabbalah is carrying over into the hospitality field. If the Material Girl gets her way, she'll soon be building a Kabbalah-themed hotel and drop-in center in London's Regent Park district. The singer has reportedly dropped $2.9 million on a five-story Georgian mansion that she plans to convert into a getaway for her fellow devotees of the religious sect.
  • Madonna's new Kabbalah Center: No shoes, no cone bra, no service

    06/09/2005 7:54:58 AM PDT · by RightWingReader · 6 replies · 685+ views
    The Powers That Be ^ | 6-9-05 | Doug Powers
    Madonna has purchased a home in central London to be used as a Kabbalah Center. Check out this sentence from the story in The star, who became a Kabbalah devotee in the Nineties, has purchased the five-storey Georgian house to be used as a hotel cum drop-in centre for the sect. That last part, including the spelling, is an actual phrase in Europe. The Brits certainly do have a way of wording things so they're entirely accurate to the occasion, don't they? Other famous followers of Kabbalah are such intellectual luminaries as Britney Spears, Demi Moore and Barbra Streisand,...
  • Nows the Time to Find Holy Lost Ark (Ark of the Covenant possibly located)

    05/25/2005 10:18:09 PM PDT · by axes_of_weezles · 110 replies · 4,235+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20 May 05 | Unknown/Arutz Sheva
    An unnamed Kabbalist has granted blessing to famed archeologist Dr. Vendyl Jones to uncover the Holy Ark of the Covenant. Jones plans to excavate the Lost Ark by the Tisha BAv Fast this summer. The famed archaeologist, the inspiration for the Indiana Jones movie series, has spent most of his life searching for the Ark of the Covenant. The ark was the resting place of the Ten Commandments, given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, and was hidden just before the destruction of the First Temple. The Talmud says the Ark is hidden in a secret passage under the...
  • [Jewish holiday] Lag BaOmer

    05/24/2005 8:52:05 AM PDT · by hlmencken3 · 3 replies · 110+ views ^ | May 24, 2005 | Yanki Tauber
    Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer Count -- this year, Friday, May 27, 2005 -- is a festive day on the Jewish calendar, celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bow and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Miron in Northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, whose yahrzeit (anniversary of his passing) the day marks. Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the 2nd century of the Common Era, was the first to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as...
  • Jewish and Non-Jewish Tikun ['Rectification']

    05/21/2005 9:04:53 PM PDT · by hlmencken3 · 2 replies · 141+ views ^ | May 21,2005 | Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh
    By : Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh Jewish and Non-Jewish Tikun Every human soul possesses 10 sefirot, or spiritual powers. The first three are intellectual, while the remaining seven relate to the emotions. The three powers of the intellect are the primary motivating force of the divine element of the soul. The seven emotive powers are the primary motivating force of the soul's animal element. For this reason, much of Jewish identity is based on the principle of "three". The Jewish People come from three patriarchs; in our prayers, we pray to "the G-d of Abraham, the G-d of Isaac, and the...
  • Madonna puts faith before film: (Didn't get the Memo that Kabalah Isn't a 'Faith')

    05/13/2005 8:37:57 AM PDT · by Cinnamon Girl · 42 replies · 1,134+ views
    this is london ^ | 13/05/05 - Showbiz! section | By Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
    Madonna was offered a spot on the prestigious Cannes Film Festival jury, but turned it down because she would have missed two Kabbalah meetings back in London. Her religious obligations represented a no-Cannes- do scenario for festival officials; they would have meant the singer making two trips from the South of France back to London during the festival panel's busiest periods. Madonna has turned down other social engagements in the past because of conflict with her commitment to Kabbalah. 'We talked about her being on the jury, but her religion meant this could not happen. It is a regret because...
  • Madonna gets back into habits for Kabbalah party -dresseslike nun; husband dresses like pope

    03/26/2005 7:47:20 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 48 replies · 16,048+ views
    Madonna gets back into habits for Kabbalah party Like a virgin again! By Gemma Calvert SHE may be devoted to the mystical Jewish faith Kabbalah, but Madonna just can't shake the, er, habit of dressing as a nun. The singer shocked the pop world in 1989 when she donned a wimple and crucifix for her controversial Like A Prayer video. On Thursday she was back in her nun outfit again for a fancy dress party in London to celebrate the Jewish Purim festival. Curves Hubby Guy Ritchie raised a few eyebrows by going as the Pope, considering the fragile state...
  • Madonna The Moron (KABBALAH THE CURE-ALL)

    01/12/2005 11:54:03 AM PST · by Minion · 32 replies · 1,627+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 12, 2005 | Richard Johnson
    AN undercover BBC reporter who infiltrated a London Kabbalah group witnessed Madonna and Guy Ritchie chanting mystic spells to cleanse Chernobyl, the site in Ukraine of the nuclear disas ter in 1986. Tony Donnelly, who used a hidden camera, claims the Kabbalah dinner turned into "a weird religious service, which started with prayer readings and chanting that culminated in everyone turning to the east, pushing the air with their hands, and crying out 'Cher-er-er-er-nobyl' at the top of their voices. They thought they were curing Chernobyl of radiation, using the power of Kabbalah to drive away the evil." Donnelly, a...
  • Kabbalah leader's Holocaust 'slur'

    01/09/2005 4:52:50 AM PST · by flitton · 20 replies · 881+ views
    BBC ^ | 09/01/05 | John Sweeney
    A senior figure in the controversial Kabbalah Centre - the sect championed by stars including Madonna and Demi Moore - seems likely to spark a storm of protest by saying Jews killed in the Holocaust brought their downfall upon themselves. Eliyahu Yardeni, of the London Kabbalah Centre, made the astonishing claim to an undercover reporter investigating high-pressure sales techniques employed by the group, which promotes its own brand of beliefs, part ancient Jewish mysticism and part pseudo-science. The probe also revealed how Kabbalah Centre representatives claimed bottles of "healing" spring water sold by the group could help cure cancer -...
  • Madonna calls for US troops to leave Iraq

    11/09/2004 11:56:13 AM PST · by ppaul · 153 replies · 3,539+ views
    Photo : AFP LONDON (AFP) - US pop star Madonna made a rare foray into politics, calling for her home country to withdraw its troops from Iraq during an interview with British radio."I just don't want American troops to be in Iraq, period," she said on BBC Radio."My feelings are 'can we just all get out?'," said the 46-year-old star, who lives mainly in London with British film director husband Guy Ritchie, who said she believes the US-led war will not help in the fight against terrorism.
  • Madonna Makes Pilgrammage to Israel

    09/19/2004 9:10:53 AM PDT · by followerofchrist · 16 replies · 348+ views
    CBS ^ | 9-15-04 | AP
    Madonna, the Jewish mystic? The pop star arrived in the Holy Land on Wednesday on a spiritual quest, including visits to the graves of revered rabbinical sages, and Israel was abuzz with excitement over the presence of a major star. However, some were perplexed by the raunchy diva's interest in a particularly esoteric side of Judaism, and rabbis said she had no business studying holy texts.
  • Madonna Bodyguards Arrested after Brawl with Photographers

    09/18/2004 2:37:43 PM PDT · by familyop · 22 replies · 845+ views
    Israeli police today detained two of Madonnas bodyguards after they assaulted photographers waiting for the star outside her Tel Aviv hotel. Two of the photographers and a policeman who tried to break up the brawl were wounded, said Tel Aviv police spokesperson Liat Pearl. Two security guards were detained for questioning by the Tel Aviv police department, said Pearl. The pop diva has been in Israel since Wednesday with 2,000 other students of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. Madonnas visit to the country has sparked a media frenzy with the local dailies devoting pages detailing her luxury hotel suite and even...
  • Orthodox Jews offended by Madonna's Kabbalah ties

    09/17/2004 8:11:03 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 12 replies · 620+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/17/04 | Jane Hutcheon
    HAMISH ROBERTSON: The singer Madonna is due in Israel later this week, not as part of her performance tour, but to join thousands of practitioners of the Orthodox Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah. The gathering has been organised by a Los Angeles based centre popularised by Rabbi Philip Berg. Kabbalah has attracted a string of high profile stars many of whom wear a signature piece of red string around their wrist. But as Middle East Correspondent Jane Hutcheon reports, many Orthodox Jewish rabbis are offended by Madonna's ties to the faith. (sound of Madonna's "Like a Virgin") JANE HUTCHEON:...