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Report: Madonna to tour Israel with Kabbbalists

June 24, 2004

Madonna, right, kisses Britney Spears as she receives an award during the NRJ Music Awards ceremony, January, 2004
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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 – 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 her children.

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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