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September 15, 2003

English Roses

Madonna launched her new children's book venture in the garden of her London home.

But she gave little away of the plot, saying "If you want to know what else happens to Binah (the central character) and the English Roses, you're just going to have to read the book."

The singer, who is 45, has said she conceived "The English Roses" as the first of five children's books inspired by the Kabbalah, the system of Jewish mystical thought which she has been studying for seven years.

Take the name Binah, for example. Reportedly inspired by Madonna's daughter Lourdes, Binah is the third sephira ("lamp") of ten on the Tree of Life which signify collectively, amongst other things, a representation of Creation and a spiritual roadmap from human life to God. Binah is a central feminine principle meaning "understanding".

This strikes me as a good name for a storybook character as opposed to, say, being lumbered with the name Rocco Ritchie on the first day of school (in central London no less). Understanding might also come in handy when explaining your mother's fashion choices. Flea-readers will not be surprised to learn this latest Madonna foray is proving controversial.

“Everyone today is looking for something, everyone is in pursuit of that ‘high’. Some look for it in the mind games of Kabbalah, as others search in the bottom of a bottle or the pin-prick of a syringe.”

Rabbi Schochet, 38, of Mill Hill United Synagogue, North London, adds: “Quite frankly they would get a more meaningful high from drugs than from this celebrity Kabbalah. At least the drugs would be real.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 15, 2003 08:53 AM


Are you stating that this whole Kabbalah business is bollocks?

I'm shocked, shocked and appalled...

No, really, I am...

Posted by: Paul Jané at September 16, 2003 10:27 PM