B"H

20 April 2004

The International Society for Sephardic Progress calls upon His Honor HaRav Yitzaq Kaduri, shelita, the foremost kabbalist of the Jewish world to reject blessing Madonna.

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The International Society for Sephardic Progress has sent a formal request to His Honor HaRav Yitzaq Kaduri, shelita, the foremost kabbalist of our generation, to deny American pop star Madonna a blessing, on her up coming visit to Israel.

American entertainer Madonna has been taking lessons in a bizarre version of Kabbalah (which is not a religon--but is a part of Judaism) at the Kabbalah Centre, a cult-like organization founded in Los Angeles by Philip Berg. Madonna's zeal for Berg's teachings have become a catalyst for the over-sexed pop star to reportedly donate more than $6 million dollars to Berg's center in London.

Selling "Kabbalah Water" and other meaningless token items, Berg exploits some of Judaism's most important ideals. For example, Berg exploits the Zohar, a holy book of Judaism which was revealed to the world in 14th century Spain by a Jew named Moses de Leon. Berg sells this expensive multi-volume set to his "students," then "teaches" them to scan the book with their finger tips. The Zohar, written in Aramaic, is read according to the Kabbalah Centre by looking at the letters without needing to know their meaning--this is of course is an absurd idea and is not consistent with Judaism.

Madonna's objective (according to press reports) is to arrive in Israel and seek the legitimacy of her aberrant ways by obtaining a blessing from Judaism's most renowned mystic, and inasmuch she will be seeking validation of her ways, as well as that of the Kabbalah Centre. For this reason, the International Society for Sephardic Progress asks that His Honor Rav Yitzaq Kaduri, shelita deny any request of the pop star, for her self-indulgent games make a mockery of Judaism and the Jewish people.

 

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The International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) is a Jewish agency developed to serve the Sephardic community--the descendants of the Jews of historic Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Levant who share both common religious and cultural bonds. Although based in the United States, the ISFSP is an advocacy organization representing Sephardim internationally. The ISFSP also functions to produce high quality Jewish educational projects which will educate the public on the rich Sephardic Jewish communities, past and present.

The ISFSP is a a non-profit organization.

 

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