Madonna Toasts New Year With Israeli Prez

Calls trip 'a dream come true' despite criticism from Orthodox
By Josie Garthwaite,  Newser User
Posted Sep 16, 2007 3:36 PM CDT

(Newser) – Madonna enjoyed "a dream come true" yesterday by celebrating the Jewish New Year with Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, the AP reports. She landed last week with husband Guy Ritchie and a gaggle of Hollywood Kabbalists to attend a conference about Jewish mysticism. "I am an ambassador for Judaism," Madonna told the Israeli president.

Madge made no mention of criticism she has taken from Orthodox Jews for her interest in Kabbalah. Rabbis were especially upset by her song “Isaac,” about an honored 16th century Kabbalist. The pop star was raised Roman Catholic but has adopted the Hebrew name Esther, and has worn a thread that Jewish tradition claims will repel the evil eye.