A topic on which I intend to focus, and which was one of the starting topics of this blog, is the current facination with Kabbalah among many Hollywood (and non-Hollywood) elites, and the distinct effort to divorce the "divine technology" of Kabbalah from the moral and religious context, and how basic kabbalistic texts themselves clearly make this ridiculous.
In the article below, which serves as a nice introduction to this topic, Rabbi Boteach writes, "Madonna’s latest outburst is a further embarrassment to her spiritual masters at the Kabbalah Center who clearly have failed at inspiring within her, after a decade of studying Kabbalah, a clear sense of right and wrong."
However, Rabbi Boteach is a little off in this regard, as it's clear the Kabbalah Centre's approach removes the moral and religious context, attempting to sell (and sell is indeed the right term) just the 'divine technology' of Kabbalah...
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Responds to Madonna's Attack on the United States
(the blog offers no direct link, you may need to scroll down to view the original article)
Madonna has today called for American troops to be withdrawn from Iraq. She also accused the United States of ‘dropping tons of bombs on innocent people.”
The tragedy of Madonna sadly reflects terribly on world Jewry. Here is a woman disrespected around the world for the sleaze she almost single-handedly introduced to our culture in the 1980’s and 90’s claiming to have found Jewish spirituality in the form of Kabbalah, yet who has not changed her morality in the slightest. Madonna has demonstrated the near total impotence of faith to bring about dramatic change. She continues with her lewd, nude, and near-pornographic displays in concerts, movies, and videos, all the while claiming she is a Kabbalist, which is like a porn star claiming to be a religious nun.
Now, she has clearly shown that studying Kabbalah has also not sensitized her in any way to the value of human life. Madonna has always opposed the U.S. liberation of Iraq. She famously made an anti-war video for her American Life single, just before the American invasion, that she then withdrew.
Now, she told the BBC’s Radio 2, “I just don’t want American troops to be in Iraq, period. My feelings are ‘can we just all get out?’” What was truly offensive was her accusation that the United States indiscriminately bombed innocent Iraqis.
Has Madonna ever condemned the fact that Saddam, according to the New York Times, killed 800,000 Arabs, and 300,000 Kurds? Has Kabbalah not taught Madonna that an Arab life is as valuable as a Jewish life, a Christian life, or a Western life? Why is the United States the party she finds fault with?
Madonna’s latest outburst is a further embarrassment to her spiritual masters at the Kabbalah Center who clearly have failed at inspiring within her, after a decade of studying Kabbalah, a clear sense of right and wrong. Judaism gave the world the Ten Commandments, the world’s greatest moral code, and our religion’s objective is not to offer sentimental new-age spiritualism, but to get humans to act morally. One of the Bible’s foremost laws prohibits murder, and further commands that we dare “not sit idly by the blood of our neighbor.”
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