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Madge's Holy land plans

by: Havatzelet Damari, Ynetnews - Last updated: 2005-11-04



Good news for Madonna fans in Israel. The Kabbalah-loving pop-icon, who calls herself "Esther" these days, may visit Israel during the upcoming Chanukah holiday, Israel's leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth has reported.

One of the singer’s managers, Guy Oseary, confirmed that Madonna has expressed her wish to visit Israel again soon, following an earlier visit about a year ago.
Meanwhile, Madonna’s managers apparently contacted associates of renowned Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, including his grandson Yossi Kaduri, in an attempt to arrange a meeting between the pop singer and the rabbi.

Madonna, who is a mother of two, plans to have another child and is interested in receiving Kaduri’s blessing first. Notably, the rabbi refused to meet with the singer during her last visit.

Addressing the issue, Oseary said associates of the rabbi are looking into a possible meeting.

In an interview to the New York Daily News earlier this week, Madonna defended her interest in the teachings of the Kabbalah, and said she was angry people found it to be so disturbing.

"It would be less controversial if I joined the Nazi Party," Madonna said.

Madonna's increasing pursuit of Kabbalah has inspired much hostility toward her, which the singer found hard to explain.

"What do you mean you study the Torah if you're not Jewish?" she asked rhetorically.

"What do you mean you pray to God and wear sexy clothes? We don't understand this. It frightens people. So they try to denigrate it or trivialize it so that it makes more sense," Madonna said.

Reproduced with permission: Ynetnews