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Kabbalah Gate ’08: Brainwashing, Baseball, and Pop Stars

It's safe to say that Americans know more about Madonna’s marriage than they ever hoped to. It has become all but impossible to log into one’s Google reader without being flooded with a barrage of he-said, she-said posts about what … Read More

By / July 10, 2008

It's safe to say that Americans know more about Madonna’s marriage than they ever hoped to. It has become all but impossible to log into one’s Google reader without being flooded with a barrage of he-said, she-said posts about what appears to be the biggest and strangest purported love web of the year.

The Jewciest element of the complicated narrative is (surprisingly) not the supposed involvement of half-Jew Lenny Kravitz. Rather, it is the tossing around of the word “Kabbalah,” usually in tandem with the words “lure” and “brainwash.”

And while Kabbalah was once reported to be the marriage-saving element within the whole situation (back in the good old days when the story was just about Madge, her husband Guy Ritchie, and a simple divorce rumor), Kabbalah has of late become more synonymous with the terms “home wrecker” and “relationship destroyer.” Some have even gone as far as to call the current era “Kabbalah -Gate.”

So it might be time for a brief refresher on exactly what Kabbalah is, and isn’t. Who is to say that A-Rod is not, in fact, on his way to becoming a Kabbalah zombie (can’t you see the Post cover now? A-Rod with his arms out in a Night of the Living Dead pose, red bracelets exposed.) But at some point, the Kabbalah scapegoat is no longer sufficient for explaining the one (potentially two) love web divorces. After all, a marriage is only as good as the people in them, and the effort they exert into making things work.