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Shell of Impurity

Ouch.

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 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.”

Perhaps a bit harsh? I mean, Hollywood actors are certainly able to grasp the true meaning of life. Take fellow celebrity and pop-Kabbalah devotee Ashton Kutcher, who clearly has the right perspective.

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.

Yup. He clearly understands what Kabbalah is all about – improving his acting. Not that he couldn’t do with the help.

Yeah, I know. I am sounding too sarcastic. But not to worry. A few sips of my special Kabbalah water and my sarcasm will disappear in no time.

Update: If you think the yeshiva director was harsh, I’ll give you harsh.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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