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“Iniquity and lasciviousness”

Bad press for Madonna, who spent Rosh Hashana at a Kabbala conference in Israel and toasted the new year with Shimon Peres, no less. However, the director of one of the most respected Kabbala yeshivot in Jerusalem, who insisted on … Read More

By / September 17, 2007

Bad press for Madonna, who spent Rosh Hashana at a Kabbala conference in Israel and toasted the new year with Shimon Peres, no less. However, the director of one of the most respected Kabbala yeshivot in Jerusalem, who insisted on anonymity, was far from starstruck, and had some strong words for the Material Girl. The Jerusalem Post takes up the story:

"It is a known fact in Kabbala that impurity and evil are inherently attracted to sanctity", said the unnamed director. "That's why people of Hollywood, a place of iniquity and lasciviousness, are naturally attracted to the holiness of Kabbala."

 And explains why they vote Democrat, of course.

The director of the yeshiva said he was explaining a basic Kabbalistic concept according to which "sparks" of holiness tightly connected to "shells" of impurity are waiting to be let free. These "shells" [klipot] are naturally attracted to their polar opposite – holiness.

"Wherever there is holiness and sanctity there is also evil," added the director, who said that during her last visit to Israel three years ago, Madonna repeatedly tried to contact his institution, but her calls were not returned. "That's why someone like that lady – I don't even want to mention her name – is so attracted to the Kabbala." [...] 

During her trip to Israel, Madonna toasted Rosh Hashana with President Shimon Peres and declared herself an "ambassador for Judaism."

  Because you haven't suffered enough… 

Madonna arrived in Israel Wednesday night, the eve of the New Year, with her film director husband, Guy Ritchie, to attend a Kabbala conference. Other celebrities who flew in for the event included movie star Demi Moore and her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, ex-talk show host Rosie O'Donnell and fashion designer Donna Karan.

Just think: Hamas could have transformed their lousy public image overnight. One well-aimed rocket…

"You don't know how popular the Book of Splendor is among Hollywood actors," Yediot quoted Madonna as telling Peres. "Everyone I meet talks to me only about that."

I find that incredibly bloody hard to believe, to be entirely honest with you. Only about that? Really? What about global warming, or the new PETA campaign, or getting the Republicans out of the White House? Don't tell me there's only room in the average actor's brain for one right-on fad at a time, because that would shake my faith in the power of celebrity to its foundations.

Either way, for effortless satire, it’s hard to top Ashton Kutcher’s earnest endorsement of Kabbalistic teachings:

Kutcher was quoted by an Israeli daily as telling a group of Israeli businessmen and entertainers on Saturday that Kabbala had answered fundamental questions in his life and made him a better actor.

I shudder to imagine what he was like before.

(via the Croydonian blog)

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