Exclusive: Spiritual girl

By
September 10, 2009 12:21
3 minute read.
Madonna

Madonna. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later



Jewish mysticism has transformed Madonna, Karen Berg, the co-founder of the worldwide Kabbalah Center, told The Jerusalem Post Thursday in an exclusive interview.

Madonna.

Madonna. 
Photo: Courtesy



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


"If you compare her 13 years ago, when she started studying, and today, she's a changed person," said Berg. "She's a good human being, she studies, she wants depth. She's a ravenous student. She's a very highly intelligent and spiritual human being.



"She reads and follows Hebrew, and has learned how to speak some Hebrew," said the religiously observant Berg, who attended the final show of the singer's Sweet & Sticky tour at Hayarkon Park on Wednesday night.



"Last night before she started her show, she was thanking everybody who was there, humbler than I've ever seen her before. She really had appreciation for the people around her," said Berg, who has also written several books based on Kabbalah including God Wears Lipstick: Kabbalah For Women.



The Kabbalah Center, based in Los Angeles, but with more than 50 branches worldwide including in Tel Aviv, teaches principles of Kabbalah to a wide audience of secular Jews and non-Jews alike.



Berg explained that the singer showed up unannounced at the Kabbalah Center in Los Angeles in the 1990s and began sitting in on classes. One of the center's teachers, Eitan Yardeni, who was also in Israel this week, has guided the pop icon throughout her Kabbalah studies.



JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:




Other celebrities who have studied at the center, which Berg opened with her husband Philip in 1984, include Lindsay Lohan, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Donna Karan.



Madonna has worn a red string around her left wrist for protection and to ward off the "evil eye," introduced Jewish ritual objects such as tefillin into her videos and adopted the Hebrew name Esther. She included visuals of Hebrew texts during her Sweet & Sticky shows and according to Berg, no longer appears on Friday nights.



Berg said that Kabbalah has also filtered into Madonna's music and her message.



"Look at 'Ray of Light,'" she said, referring to the singer's 1998 album and song. "There's a direct Kabbalah reference to it."



She also said that Madonna told her she would like to spend more time in Israel, and was disappointed when plans to buy a home here two years ago didn't come to fruition.



"She'd like to do more, she'd like to be here more. Like she said at her concerts, she loves the energy here. She said she loves the country and wants to come back," said Berg.



Asked how close she was to the singer and if she had Madonna's personal phone number on her cell phone, Berg just smiled and said, "Sure."



A full interview with Berg will appear in The Jerusalem Post next week.



Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Joan Rivers
August 28, 2014
Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery

By JPOST.COM STAFF