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Madonna may be back in Israel as early as Hanukka, according to a Yediot Aharonot report. The star, whose interest in Kabbala has prompted a Kabbala craze around the world, has expressed an interest in meeting revered Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Kadourie from whom she hopes to receive a fertility blessing. The singer, who has two children, is eager for a third and her managers have contacted Yossi Kadourie, grandson of Rabbi Yitzhak, to try to arrange a meeting during the Festival of Lights, which commemorates one of the major miracles in the saga of the Jewish People. Hopes are the meeting might lead to a personal miracle for Madonna.
Presumably, if she comes, someone will make sure that she is photographed with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his wife Judy Shalom Nir Mozes to ensure job security at the Israel Embassy in Washington. The alleged lack of such a photo opportunity during Madonna's previous visit to Israel sparked the controversy that resulted in an investigation into the conduct of the wife of Israel's ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon, and Shalom's refusal to extend his term of office.
KESHET IS using its stars to promote each other's shows. Even Master Chef Israel Aharoni was brought in to promote Zvika Hadar's new show A Dancer is Born, which promises to be even more entertaining than A Star is Born. When Aharoni interviewed Hadar on screen, Hadar said he could appreciate the dancers more than singers because dancing was not his forte. The promos have given viewers a brief taste of the amazing talent in Israel. The influx of Russian aliya led people to say there were more classical musicians per capita in Israel than anywhere else in the world. Many of the dancers in A Dancer is Born also are of Russian background, but there are many others from Israel's melting pot.