Kabbala museum to open in Jerusalem

Museum devoted exclusively to Jewish mysticism is slated to open next month in the Holy City.

May 17, 2008 23:45
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Kabbala museum to open in Jerusalem

zohar kabbalah 298. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Madonna will feel right at home during her next visit to Jerusalem. A museum devoted exclusively to Jewish mysticism is slated to open next month in the Holy City. The Jerusalem Kabbala Museum is scheduled to open its doors on June 25 in the city's Nahlaot neighborhood. The museum, which will be located in four rooms of a residential building, will cater to both Jewish and non-Jewish tourists as well as students passing through the Holy Land, said museum founder and director Rabbi Chaim Dalfin. "This is going to be an educational milestone, which will incorporate the teachings of Kaballa in a traditional way in the time hallowed tradition of the Torah," said Dalfin, a New York rabbi and author of Soul Journeys, a book about Kabbala. The planned museum will display artifacts such as amulets, garments and historical manuscripts, and, for an additional fee, offer Kaballa education, including personal Kabbala training. The basic museum entrance fee will be NIS 20, or $5. Meanwhile, a separate International Kabbala Center that was slated to be constructed in Jerusalem has been taken off the drawing boards. Many haredim view the adoption of Kabbala by non-Jewish pop figures such as Madonna as an abomination. The pop star was raised a Roman Catholic, but has become a follower of Jewish mysticism in recent years, and has made two Kabbala-centered trips to Israel in the last four years.

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