Kabbalah

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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Hall of Fame: Natalie Portman (part 2)

March 4, 2011

"Ashton has taught me more about Judaism than I think I have ever learned from anyone else.

"Ashton's a very serious student of Kabbalah and Judaism. He knows a lot. He reads the Torah every Saturday."

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The rebranding of Kabbalah

March 4, 2011

Unrest in the Middle East was the topic for the Kabbalah Centre's "Power of Peace" conference this week, the first of its kind for the organisation.

Dr Jehan Sadat, widow of former Egyptian president, was the keynote speaker, with Kabbalah Centre International founder Karen Berg.

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Move over Madonna

By Jessica Elgot, March 4, 2011

Celebrities are a double-edged sword. Madonna's patronage has brought the Kabbalah Centre money and attention, much of it in sales of red string and mystical water. But there are whisperings in the centre that its celebrity image may have done it more harm than good.

The Power of Peace Conference felt like a rebrand, more Psychologies, less Heat magazine.

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Jewish dibbuk spirit gets Sam Raimi makeover

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2011

A disembodied spirit out of Jewish folklore is to be the subject of a new horror film.

Spiderman director Sam Raimi is to produce “Dibbuk Box”, which will tell the story of a family cursed when they open a mysterious haunted box.

The film, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan of Grey’s Anatomy fame, is set to be released in time for Halloween.

Traditionally spelt with a Y, a dybbuk is said to be a malicious spirit that escapes from the soul of a deceased person and attaches itself to that of a living person in order to complete something left unfinished.

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Hall of Fame: Jacqui Ainsley

January 6, 2011

"I’ve found an amazing teacher in Israel and we do Skype lessons.

"It’s not about religion, but more about getting the rusty cogs turning and having a private dialogue with Guy."

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Hall of Fame: James Van Der Beek

December 22, 2010

"She looked like an Olivia. There's an olive tree in Israel that's special to us.

"We spent time under it when we first met in Israel."

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Madonna donates big to Jewish and Kabbalah charities

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

Madonna donated thousands of dollars to a Jewish charity last year, according to the tax records for her charitable foundation which have been published on the website Showbiz 411.

The pop star, who is also a famous follower of Jewish mysticism Kabbalah, gave the Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters scheme $10,000 in 2009.

The charity, based in Los Angeles, runs mentoring programmes for Jewish children.

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Hall of Fame: Naomi Campbell

October 20, 2010


"I study Kabbalah because it takes me to a positive, calm place. That's what I use it for, and it helps me a lot. I've been in and out of Kabbalah since around 2000.


"I've been practising. I don't know if I've been pronouncing everything right but I've been practising"






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Ashton Kutcher tweets about Israeli conference

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2010

Hollywood couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are back in Israel.

It is the second trip to the country in three months for Mr Kutcher.

The pair, who are followers of Kabbalah, have been the subject of rumours about his alleged infidelity and the breakdown of their marriage.

But Mr Kutcher, who has nearly six million followers on his Twitter account, said on Twitter: “Sharing Love & Light while in Israel.”

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