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Rabbis Criticize Madonna's 'Confessions'

October 10, 2005 (4:25 am) GMT
A song on Madonna's upcoming album dedicated to a Kabbalist rabbi is drawing criticism from other rabbis

Not all confession comes from the heart, and so not all people positively accept the confession itself. As of pop superstar , her "Confessions on a Dance Floor," despite drawing respect, it tends to cause criticisms. The album actually is slated for a Nov. 15 release date. Unfortunately, one of its tracks entitled "Isaac" which is about a 16th century Jewish mystic and Kabbalah scholar named Yitzhak Luria, raises criticism from other rabbis.

Those rabbis, who oversee Luria's tomb and a seminary in the northern town of Safed, are unimpressed with Madonna's musical tribute and tend to perceive the inclusion of "Isaac" on the album as an attempt by the pop star to profit from his name. What's more, head of a seminary named after Luria, Rabbi Rafael Cohen, thinks that her actions could lead to divine retribution, about which he says "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 that she is going to receive from the heavens."

It's not sure whether the criticism will affect the album's release date or not. Comment concerning the fact has yet outed by the actress or her representative.

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