Report: Madonna to tour Israel with Kabbbalists
June 24, 2004
JERUSALEM — Madonna is planning to tour holy places in Israel in October
with a group of more than 100 students studying Kabbalah, or Jewish
mysticism, the Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday.
Madonna, right, kisses Britney Spears as she receives an award during the NRJ Music Awards ceremony, January, 2004|
Photo - AFP
Madonna – who recently announced that she wants to be known by
the name of the Jewish heroine "Esther" – has been deeply immersed
in Kabbalah studies in recent years. Madonna now wears a red thread
on her wrist, a common Jewish charm to ward off the evil eye.
According to Maariv, Madonna decided to come here with her
fellow Kabbalah students after she canceled a tour in Israel.
London tabloids reported that Madonna called off the concert after
letters from an unidentified Palestinian group threatened to kill
Madonna's trip is planned to coincide with the Jewish New Year,
Maariv reported. She will stay in an out-of-the-way guest house and
avoid fans and TV cameras so she will be able to focus on her
Kabbalah studies, the newspaper reported. – Sapa-AP
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