9/16/07

Haaretz: Orthodox Prefer to Worry About Chulent - Not Madonna

Madonna.

Shimon Peres hosted her - lucky dog.

Supposedly the Orthodox oppose her visit. Haaretz is sometimes quite comical in their realism about the news of the Jews.

Here the paper straightens out those who would like to create some imaginary clash between the Material Girl and the Haredi World.
WHO'S THAT GIRL?
By Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Jewish World Correspondent

"Rage on the streets of Mea Shearim," was until about ten years ago a pretty standard sentence in any report of real or perceived insults to Jewish ultra-Orthodox sensibilities.

It took the best efforts of a small group of dedicated journalists to change the accepted stereotype of the Haredi community as a homogeneous group, ready to take to the streets at the drop of a black hat. Most news editors and at least part of the paper-reading public now understand that there are different views within the ultra-Orthodox sector and that not all of them are Pavlovian demonstrators.

This paragraph in a Associated Press report over the Rosh Hashanah weekend proved that there at least some who still see Jewish orthodoxy in black and white: "Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie was raised a Roman Catholic, but she has become a follower of Jewish mysticism in recent years, raising the ire of many Orthodox Jews who see the adoption of Kabbalah by non-Jewish pop figures as an abomination."

Yes, well not quite.

Madonna's current visit to Israel as part of a group of Hollywood celebrities and hangers-on and their "Kabbalah conference" at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv was not high on the list of subjects for gossip among the faithful who thronged synagogues over Rosh Hashanah.....
Yes it is sad but true. They don't care about Madonna.

3 comments:

Bryce said...

"Yes it is sad but true. The (rabbis) don't care about Madonna"

If you don't like the rabbis' attitude, then you can F-off. Just kidding Tzvee. I'm just quoting one of Madonna's lyrics from her recent album:

"If you don't like my attitude, then you can F-off"

Bryce said...

I heard that Madonna said she was not leaving Israel until she got to meet with Peres. It looks like Peres wanted her out of the country, too.

Nikol said...

That's all fine. What, however, do you think about Obadiah Shoher's criticism pf Rosh Hashanah as aholiday that has nothing to do with New Year? Here, for example http://samsonblinded.org/blog/petty-paganism.htm