December 14, 2003

Britney, Madonna, Paris...Jewish?

POST #    637

It appears that Britney Spears, Madonna, and Paris Hilton are now Jewish. Well, not really, they are just "believers" in Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism. I'm not religious myself, but if I were, I would probably think long and hard before choosing one. Kabbalah was created from the 13th through 16th centuries by Jewish mystics, with the intention of revealing the inner meaning of the Torah. The "poppifying" of Kabbalah obviously has many people upset, with traditionalists calling it "McMysticism." The Kabbalah Centre, the leading marketers of pop-Kabbalah, looks to bring Kabbalah to everyone.

Is it not odd to bring a religion to people that don't actually learn about the traditions of the religion? I think it's kind of odd. I also think it's kind of foolish for people like Britney Spears, Madonna, and Paris Hilton to start "believing" in Kabbalah just because they it's the flavor of the month religion. Obviously, I don't know how involved they are in the religion, but I would bet dollars to peanuts that they have not made a commitment to the Torah and halacha. The Kabbalah Centre also sells various merchandise, including water for $3.50 and red strings for $26-$36. Sounds like a great money making operation to me. The water is supposedly full of holy energy and the string is suppose to bring children to the infertile and protection from the evil eye.

How long until they start selling the red strings at Urban Outfitters? I give it a year.

- A Surge in Popularity in Jewish Mysticism
- The Kabbalah Centre (the pop-Kabbalah people - how can a religious website with a sales offer on the main page be legit?)

Posted by tien mao in Random at 9:39 PM



In a Newsweek interview with Britney Spears, it is written that she said "I am very into middle eastern religions right now." The journalist asked if she had explored Buddhism and Hinduism, and Britney replied, "Is that a form of Kabbalah, or something?" Just reading the interview made me cringe...and just think, she is an icon for American pre-teens!

Posted by: Jess at December 15, 2003 3:29 PM

i wonder if she even knows where the middle east is? that's one sad commentary on the direction of society.

Posted by: tien at December 15, 2003 3:44 PM

she's hot though.

and this kabbalah thing they're selling now has nothing to do with judaism. i wouldn't expect her to know anything about the torah, halacha, etc.

Posted by: dan at December 15, 2003 4:55 PM

true, she is hot. the article says how traditionalists are up in arms over the whole thing.

Posted by: tien at December 15, 2003 6:38 PM

wouldn't Judaism, Christianity and Islam be Middle Eastern religions, while Buddhism and Hinduism be Eastern religions?

Posted by: joe s at December 15, 2003 8:31 PM

well, joe, nobody actually said which religion was from where. the reporter asked a question about budddhism and hinduism and britney didn't know what they were.

i just wondered if she knew where the middle east was.

but yes, i would consider buddhism and hinduism to be "eastern" religiions.

Posted by: tien at December 15, 2003 10:33 PM

I Think who ever beleives that shit is either an airhead who is not educated or has brain damaged..PPL USE UR BRAIN , think whats this shit about Kabbalah...u guys have weak faith

Posted by: Kal my ass at August 5, 2004 7:07 AM

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