Madonna's under rabbi attack
09:30 11 October 2005
Madonna should be thrown out of the Kabbalah for "sinning" against the mystic Jewish faith on her forthcoming album, according to a rabbi.
The star will reportedly face "punishment from the heavens" for dedicating new song 'Isaac' to a Kabbalist scholar.
Rabbi Rafael Cohen - head of an Israeli seminary named after 16th century rabbi and scholar Yitzhak Luria - says to profit from his name is strictly forbidden.
He told Israel's Maariv newspaper: "Jewish law forbids the use of the name of the holy rabbi for profit. Her act is just simply unacceptable and I can only sympathize for her because of the punishment she is going to receive from the heavens."
Rabbi Israel Deri is demanding Madonna - who converted to Kabbalah after being raised a Catholic - be expelled from the faith for desecrating the late scholar's name.
He said: "Such a woman brings great sin on Kabbalah.
"I hope that we will have the strength to prevent her from bringing sin upon the holiness of the rabbi Luria."
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