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April 15, 2004


Esther, the artist formerly known as Madonna, has decided to observe Shabbat and avoid Friday concert gigs on her forthcoming tour.

Madge is well-known for her devotion to Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism. She sports a red bracelet — a symbol of her belief — drinks special Kabbalah water and has asked pals to call her Esther, her religious name.

But this is the first time she has let her faith play such a huge part in a career decision. A friend of the star says: “This shows just how much Madonna is influenced by Kabbalah. “She is completely focused on following her beliefs, no matter what lengths she has to go to.”

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 15, 2004 06:43 AM

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To any length except for, say, that whole "raunchy dancing and sexy themes" bit in her show. Not that I mind raunchy dancing and sexy themes, at least in theory. I just don't recall them being very tightly associated with the Kabbalah.

Posted by: *** Dave at April 15, 2004 09:05 AM

Hmm. Sounds like my version of being a Quaker?

Posted by: Flea at April 15, 2004 11:32 PM