Kabbalah

Mazeltov! Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher engaged

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Jewish-Ukrainian actress Mila Kunis is engaged to long-term boyfriend and kabbalah enthusiast Ashton Kutcher.

The Black Swan star, 30, was seen wearing a large diamond ring on her wedding finger while shopping with her mother Elvira in Los Angeles this week, prompting unconfirmed reports of an engagement in E! Online and People magazine.

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Why people are like trees

By Dr Ben Elton, January 12, 2014

Tu Bishvat in my Jewish primary school was celebrated as a largely Zionist festival, emphasising the importance of planting trees in the state of Israel. That was not an inappropriate slant; after all, Tu Bishvat was originally concerned with the trees and the produce of the Land of Israel.

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Kabbalah Centre barred from Limmud

By Simon Rocker and Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Limmud’s decision to cancel sessions by a Kabbalah Centre leader followed pressure from colleagues in Los Angeles and fears that Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis might pull out of the conference, it is understood.

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Kabbalah Centre faces £600k lawsuit

By Tom Tugend, December 12, 2013

The Kabbalah Centre is being sued for over $1 million (£610,000) by former followers in two lawsuits alleging fraud and misuse of funds.

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Madonna’s Kabbalah rabbi Philip Berg dies

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2013

Madonna’s Kabbalah teacher Rabbi Philip Berg has died aged 86, after battling 10 years of ill-health.

Known as the “rabbi to the stars”, he had developed a large celebrity following in Los Angeles, with students including Britney Spears, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher visiting his famed Kabbalah Centre.

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie reunite to celebrate son's barmitzvah

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Madonna has celebrated the barmitzvah of her son Rocco in New York.

The singer was joined by ex-husband British director Guy Ritchie at the ceremony at the city's Kaballah Centre last Saturday.

Neither Madonna or Mr Ritchie is Jewish, but the singer has studied Jewish mysticism for over a decade and has adopted the Hebrew name Esther.

She is rumoured to be house hunting in Israel.

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Positive thinking for Rosh Hashanah

By Simon Rocker, September 13, 2012

It is not always easy to get in the mood for Rosh Hashanah. The sound of the shofar piercing the hush of the congregation may stir something deep within us: or we may be roused by a haunting melody from the choir. But the liturgy can seem long and difficult and ultimately leave us struggling to find the high in the High Holy Days.

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Omar Sharif: reports of my conversion to Kabbalah are greatly exaggerated

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2012

The Doctor Zhivago actor Omar Sharif has denied rumours that he has converted to Kabbalah and is no longer a Muslim.

A spokesman for the star of Lawrence of Arabia said the claim, made in an Egyptian newspaper, that he had adopted the form of Jewish mysticism had no truth to it.

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If only our synagogues were more like spas

By Simon Rocker, June 21, 2012

When Rabbi Laibl Wolf was younger, he used to drop into an ashram from time to time. Not that he ever thought of giving up davening for yoga: he simply wanted to know why so many young Jews had fled the suburban Judaism of their childhood to seek spiritual gratification elsewhere.

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Rabbi killed after giving man advice

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A man has stabbed a rabbi to death in a Beersheva yeshiva.

The 70-year-old victim, Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, was understood to have been giving the man guidance when the attack took place. Rabbi Abuhatzeira was a well-regarded scholar of kabbalah.

The man was named by the Israeli media as Asher Dahan and was said to be a fairly regular visitor to the yeshiva.

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