Ashton Kutcher: it's hot in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2010

Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher has been enjoying the sites of Israel – and the weather.

The actor, who is married to actress Demi Moore and is perhaps best known for having one of the world’s largest Twitter followings, was in Jerusalem for a Kabbalah event.

He and his wife are among a number of Hollywood followers of the Jewish mysticism, even marrying in a Kabbalah ceremony in 2005.

Accompanied by Ms Moore’s daughter Scout, Mr Kutcher attended the birthday party of Kabbalah Center founder Shraga Berg at the David Citadel hotel.


Dawson's Creek star has Tel Aviv wedding

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2010

Actor James Van Der Beek has married his pregnant fiancée at a Kabbalah ceremony in Israel.

The star, who shot to fame as a Steven Spielberg-worshipping teenager on the 1990s series Dawson’s Creek, was married by "Rabbi" Yehuda Berg in Tel Aviv.

Mr Berg also officiated over the nuptials of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher in 2005.

The bride, model Kimberly Brook, wore a black dress while Mr Van Der Beek, 33, chose a white Armani tuxedo. The pair, who met in Israel last year, are expecting their first child in the autumn.


Daniel Gigi helps beginners to understand the origins of Kabbalah

By Candice Krieger, February 4, 2010

Orthodox author Daniel Gigi wants to impart his knowledge of Jewish mysticism, known as Kabbalah.

He has published a book to help others learn the system of the Ecstatic School of Kabbalah, which, he acknowledges, may be obscure to a beginner.

Titled 28 Jewelled Crown — A comprehensive system of Jewish Meditation and Mysticism, and adapted for the modern audience, the book explores the ancient system of Jewish meditation and mysticism.

The Ecstatic Kabbalah is the meditative heritage of Jewish mysticism and the spiritual progeny of the prophets of ancient Israel.


Marvin Shaw has a 12-month kosher plan for happiness for you to follow this year

By Candice Krieger, January 7, 2010

This month, the month of Tevet, we should all be working on overcoming our anger to achieve a feeling of serenity, and come Iyar — April/May time — we should confront any inclination towards doubt and insecurity. According, that is, to Kabbalistic life coach Marvin Shaw.

Mr Shaw, 55, says there is a 12-step programme which can help people reveal and release their inner potential. It is based on the Kabbalistic notion hat each Jewish month has a “hoosh” (energy) which we should focus on during that month and, by working on these 12 energies, we can become much happier people.


Rabbi’s Skype exorcism

December 30, 2009

A renowned Israeli master of kabbalah, Rabbi Dovid Batzri, has attempted to remove a dybbuk, or disembodied spirit, from a Brazilian man via the internet.

A video posted on Charedi website ladaat.net, shows Rabbi Batzri, surrounded by dozens of supporters, reciting kabbalistic verses and praying for the exorcism of the dybbuk. He connected with the possessed man via Skype.

According to another Charedi site, kikar.net, the story began when a Brazilian yeshivah student started shouting in shul that he could “smell many sins” and that “the end is very near”.


Madonna Israel concert delights fans

September 2, 2009

Madonna made her return to the stage in Israel last night after a 16-year absence and told a crowd of 50,000: “Israel is the energy centre of the world.”

The concert, at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, was the first of two to mark the end of her Sticky & Sweet tour. The second is this evening at the same venue.

She took the stage half an hour late and delighted fans when she grabbed an Israeli flag from the crowd and draped herself in it for her final song.


London Jewish Cultural centre bans Kabbalah event

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2009

The London Jewish Cultural Centre has cancelled a booking by the controversial Kabbalah Centre for an event due to have taken place there next month.

Fliers advertised a session on “love and relationships” taught by Eitan Yardeni, spiritual mentor of the centre’s most famous supporter Madonna, and his wife Sarah.

But on Wednesday, LJCC chief executive Trudy Gold said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the space is no longer available and the hirer has been notified.”


Woman awarded £64k over Kabbalah pest

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2009

A female company director who was pestered by her boss to take part in Kabbalah sessions has been awarded more than £64,000 compensation.

Nadine Nassar, 36, was bombarded with suggestive late-night text messages and phone calls by Kabbalah devotee Guy Oppenheim, 55, chief executive of Notz Stucki, one of Europe’s largest asset management firms.

London Central Employment Tribunal heard how the married Mr Oppenheim encouraged her to take part in the classes. She was sacked in April 2008 after dropping out of the sessions and making a formal complaint about his behaviour.


Kabbalist takes on ghost

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2009

A top kabbalist has been asked to help a United Synagogue rabbi whose home is reportedly being visited by the ghost of a past minister.

Website reports on the haunting referred to an unnamed London rabbi, who the JC now understands to be Rabbi Yitzchok Sufrin, the part-time minister of Enfield and Winchmore Hill Synagogue in Middlesex.

The haunted rabbi initially turned to Rabbi Levy Yitzhak Raskin, a Lubavitch dayan in London, who contacted the Jerusalem office of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE).


'Kabbalah' sacking claim

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2009

A City fund manager sacked a female director who refused to join him at Kabbalah sessions, a tribunal has heard.

Guy Oppenheim, chief executive of Notz Stucki, one of Europe’s largest asset management firms, allegedly bombarded Nadine Nassar with suggestive, late-night text messages and phone calls.

Last week, Central London Employment Tribunal heard how the married 55-year-old encouraged her to take part in the Kabbalah classes.

She was sacked in April 2007 after turning down his alleged advances and dropping out of the sessions.