What religion is next up on the agenda for Madonna? This from The Independent:

The pop world’s most unusual partnership may be over. Madonna and Kabbalah, the once obscure sect she championed – and upon which she has lavished millions of dollars – appear to be on the verge of separation. Close friends say the singer has talked of loosening her red Kabbalah wristband and is wearying of the mystical Jewish belief system. She has decided to give it up, they say, having tired of the financial burden and the effect her strong beliefs have had on her relationship with husband Guy Ritchie.

It’s that kind of committment to the beliefs that strengthens any religious movement. Sounds to me like Madonna was sick of church leaders calling her by her given Kabbalah name: “Cha-ching!” 

Just recently, a Kabbalah guru, Shaul Youdkevitch, was arrested for fraud after convincing a cancer patient that donations to the “church” would cure her of her illness, so nothing’s very surprising here.

I wonder what will become of the building that Madonna purchased in central London, to be used as a Kabbalah Center, called the “Kabbalah Hotel” by some (“you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave”), will be turned into if her flirtation with Kabbalah ends. Something to do with Scientology is my best guess. A fool and her money soon meet a representative of L. Ron Hubbard.

By the way, Kabbalah is also practiced by Barbra Streisand, Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. If that’s not an intellectual endorsement, nothing is. Even Jessica Simpson hasn’t fallen for it? That’s saying something!


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