The celebrity Kabbalah craze just keeps hitting them headlines. Here’s some of the latest news and gossip.
We’ve all heard that Deborra-Lee Furness is back in Australia with hubby Wolverine … ahem, sorry … Hugh Jackman for movie launches and whatnot. Well it seems while away she’s developed an interest in Kabbalah amongst other things.
“She doesn’t wear a red string bracelet on her wrist, but Deborra-Lee Furness has admitted exploring the teachings of Kaballah, the religion spruiked by celebrities such as Madonna.
Furness, who has happily settled back into Sydney life with hubby Hugh Jackman, has revealed her time living in the US prompted a curiosity about Kabbalah and Scientology.
Just when we thought Furness and Jackman were down-to-earth Aussies like the rest of us!
“I am interested in Buddhism, I will look at Kabbalah. I will look at Scientology. I am a curious woman and I am not going to just say, I don’t believe in that,” said Furness, during a candid interview with AAP reporter Jonathon Moran.
“So when I was in New York I had some girlfriends that were involved [in Kabbalah] and I read about it and it has a lot of good stuff to say. But I am not in a cult.”
While Furness never became a fully fledged convert, she has regularly attended Kabbalah sessions.”
For the original article see here.
But then I come across this. It seems there are rumours that kabbalah’s most famous follower, Madonna is finding it’s time for another image shift.
“The pop world’s most unusual partnership may be over. Madonna and Kabbalah, the once obscure sect she championed – and upon which she has lavished millions of dollars – appear to be on the verge of separation. Close friends say the singer has talked of loosening her red Kabbalah wristband and is wearying of the mystical Jewish belief system. She has decided to give it up, they say, having tired of the financial burden and the effect her strong beliefs have had on her relationship with husband Guy Ritchie.”
“Madonna is also said to be concerned that following Kabbalah separates her children from more conventional customs such as Christmas, which they do not currently celebrate.”
Now a couple of questions arise for me at this point, not in terms of Madonna’s practice but in terms of our own, that is, other Emerging Church bloggers. What are the unpaid bills of the church here? How can we interact more effectively and sensitively with devotes of kabbalah, qabala, etc, that we come across in our journey? What is good new for them? Are we coming across them in our journey or are they another post-modern demographic who are slipping under the radar of the church? And for those of us who are contemplatives, how can our practice be better informed by both the insights and problematic aspects of kabbalah so that is more robustly contextual?