Here is a interesting question for you, what do Paris Hilton, Madonna, Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis have in common? They are all famous and practitioners of Kabbalah Centre. Kabbalah, for the uninitiated, is the ancient Jewish mystical tradition that is based around a esoteric and exogesic understanding of The Torah, the primary text of which is The Zohar.
What has left many people stretching their head is why the Kabbalic Traditions have become so extremely popular with the stars of Hollywood, a trend which took off to new heights of popularity with the pop icon, Madonna’s conversion to Judaism and intensive study of the Torah and Zohar. According to the well known American comedian Sandra Bernhard the Kabbalic teachings helped her ease the inner turmoil which fame had brought to bear upon her as well as quell her lurking inner demons. The same is true for pop icon, Britany Spears who practiced Kabbalah briefly before becoming interested in the Hindu religious traditions. In Sammy Davis’ case, he was drawn to the esoteric teachings of the Zohar for a slightly different reason. Mr. Davis stated on numerous occasions that he felt a great kinship with the Jewish people as a Black American because both of their people had been historically plagued with repression and thus he believed that understanding what had helped them remain a strong and coherent people for so long would in turn help him to better understand himself.
But again, this is really a repetition of the same motif over and over again of self understand over ignorance and order and stability – peace even – over chaos and disunity. It is relatively easy to understand how a venerable tradition such as the traditions of the Kabbalah could be of great use to Hollywood’s celebrities whose ostentation, flash, glamorous and enormous wealth often is only a facade, a smokescreen that occludes the very same problems everyone else has to face. As they say, “Money can’t buy happiness.”