Many have claimed that Kabbalah – at least Madonna’s kind of it – isn’t a branch of Judaism so much as it’s a cult. Madonna’s brother Christopher Ciccone claims that Kabbalah caused the divorce between Madonna and Guy, and its influence has brought nothing but negativity into their lives.
Apparently the sect’s leader Rabbi Berg is upset with all the bad press Kabbalah is getting due to their contemptuous divorce. It really does speak poorly of them that Madonna claims to be all spiritual and deep and a good person and then acts so terribly, trash-talking her husband. So Rabbi Berg wants to step in and have a Kabbalah-mediated divorce for the two – and according to the Daily Mail Madge is considering it.
Madonna is facing a major fall-out with her kabbalah leaders who are demanding an immediate out of court settlement to her divorce from Guy Ritchie. Rabbi Berg, the most senior kabbalah member and her spiritual leader, has instructed her that the ongoing mudslinging and prospect of a court battle between the sect’s two most high-profile members could badly damage its image. Berg has now given Madonna a 24-hour deadline to come back to him with a plan to mediate towards a swift divorce resolution using a round-table of kabbalah leaders chaired by him.
‘Rabbi Berg’s ultimate hope would be a reconciliation. But that seems rather a distant hope so at best he would like to put an end to the public raking over of their marriage,’ said a source close to the couple. Madonna however is said to be torn with the idea, thinking that if they go to kabbalah mediation at this point, she will be persuaded to part with a substantial amount of her wealth and also may lose out in having to give Guy a larger share of custody of their son Rocco, seven, and David, three.
‘Kabbalah’s view on this would be that it as far as family is concerned, it’s only money. Guy would get a lot more than if their lawyers were slugging it out. Kabbalah might also give Guy better access than British law might. Let us not to forget that Guy and Rabbi Berg were also very close. Guy really studied kabbalah. There was a feeling in certain quarters that Madonna’s interest in kabbalah was linked more to her ego. Guy on the other hand was more interested in the fundamentals of it, in dissecting it. Consequently he had a much greater intellectual bond with the kabbalah leaders.’
[From the Daily Mail]
Guy Ritchie has long been reported to have thought Kabbalah was bull, but about 5% of the stories out there claim he’s more into it than Madonna but just quieter about it. It’s pretty hard to know, and it sounds like each side has legitimate arguments for and against Berg’s request. If nothing else it’s good that he’s clearly stated how terrible it is that Madonna and Guy are playing their divorce out in public. But his motivations are obviously about the church’s reputation. He’s not telling them to tone it down for the sake of being good people.
I think Madge should get a Kabbalah divorce if for no other reason than it’s the only divorce proceeding where she could probably give Guy the evil eye and make him burst into flames or something, while she warded off his return evil eye with her red bracelet. Sounds like the fundamentals for a fair and just legal proceeding.
Here’s Madonna along with daughter Lourdes and son David sharing some Kabbalah Centre love in Manhattan in August. Images thanks to Bauer-Griffin.