September 20, 2004

Madonna is here

Madonna is here. I really don’t have anything to say about it, beyond what I already said. But some other people do: Alisa, Allison, Israellycool, The View From Here.

UPDATE: Okay, wait I do have something to say about this, from Israellycool:

While Madonna may be the real deal, the same cannot be said about the brand of Kabbala she is involved with. You see, it really is a brand, replete with merchandising.

I may or may not have something against Madonna’s brand of Kabbala (my impression is that it’s a lot better than the alternative: nothing) but I surely don’t have anything against raising money by selling paraphernalia. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it! Even religion has to support itself; it’s a lot better than any of the alternatives.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at September 20, 2004 04:43 PM
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David,

You don't see any problem with selling, for instance, "backpacks, jewelry, stuffed dolls, and children's clothing all emblazoned with one of the 72 names of God" and "tequila shot glasses (NIS 125 each) with one of God's names on them"?

This is somewhat different than selling t-shirts that, for arguments sake, say "Kabbala Center Rules!".

Sure I am cynical. I believe they are a cult that is merely trying to make money. And if the rich and famous fall for it, then that's their problem. But don't use Torah to make a profit.

"one who make personal use of the crown of Torah shall perish" - Pirkei Avot, 1:13

Posted by: Dave at September 22, 2004 03:30 PM Permalink

Berg and his Kabbala Center are definitely known to be a cult. The other thing that disturbs me is that the nihilistic Lennon-Ono song Imagine is her theme song. It was also the theme song of the Geneva conference on the Philistine problem.

Posted by: Yehoshua Friedman at September 24, 2004 09:13 AM Permalink

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