Madonna’s not known as the queen of Pop for nothing. Pop spirituality and Hollywood stars have always found a mystical connection that has left the larger world, the stressed-out-with-juggling-work-and-home-and-children kind, somewhat bemused. Madonna, or Esther if you prefer, is no longer a virgin to the teachings of Kabbalah, a movement of Jewish mysticism, having practised and studied it for over eight years. Add to that the fact that her association with Kabbalah is perhaps the singlemost important reason why it is now in close competition with Scientology à la Tom Cruise for mystical cults with the most celebrated following. This includes husband and film director Guy Ritchie, actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell and fashion designer Donna Karan.
Even so, there will be some scepticism (to put it gently) over the Material Girl’s self-appointed status as the “ambassador for Judaism”. Despite her rather public clashes with the Roman Catholic Church since the beginning of her career, there will be many Jews ready to contest the fact that an inside knowledge of the printed pages of The Book of Splendor — which she incidentally also gifted Israel President Shimon Peres during her latest visit to the Promised Land — is what a true Jew makes.
Then, conservative elements in Judaism may actually gag at the thought of a woman who openly defies conventional wisdom regarding a woman’s role in society proselytising their faith. Will we soon have to start wailing ‘Madonna, don’t preach’? Let’s send up a prayer that it doesn’t come to that.