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Kabbalah Converts

Sienna Miller seems to be following in the footsteps of Madonna and is said to have turned to the Kabbalah religion.
Miller, 28, now wears the faith`s bracelet and attends meetings at the Kabbalah Center in New York.

So just what is the Kabbalah? Well, it`s a complex set of ideas which requires many years of study...but here`s a Beginner`s Guide.

Its literal meaning is tradition`or receiving. The name suggests doctrines that were received by revelation in the distant past and handed down through the generations. Many believe the esoteric teachings can be dangerous, so its teachers transmit their learning in one-to-one situations to specially selected students. According to legend, the original teacher of Kabbalah was Moses, who was said to have received the teaching from God on Mount Sinai at the same time as the Ten Commandments.

In the Kabbalistic scheme there are two aspects of God: God Himself, who is unknowable, and the revealed aspect of God that created the universe and interacts with mankind.

The Kabbalah states that the human soul has three elements; the nefesh, the ru`ach, and neshamah. Nefesh is the lower part, or animal part, of the soul. It is linked to instincts and cravings. Ru`ach is the spirit. It contains our moral values. Neshamah isthe higher soul, it makes us human and is related to the intellect and the chance to enter the afterlife. Neshamah is provided at birth and also gives us an awareness of God.

The Kabbalah teaches that every letter, word and number of the Hebrew Bible contains a hidden sense; and it teaches the methods of interpretation for ascertaining these meanings.

Furthermore, each letter in Hebrew also represents a number because Hebrew does not possess a separate numerical alphabet. Thus by converting letters to numbers, Kabbalists were able to find a hidden meaning in each word. This method of interpretation was used by various schools.

Talking of Cabbalistic schools, it`s worth noting that Madonna, Paris Hilton, Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Roseanne get their teaching from one source - the Kabbalah Centre. This is the creation of Philip Berg. Rav Berg has built the International Kabbalah Centres into a far-reaching empire, opening schools throughout the world and selling books and tapes.

When most people think about celebrities and the Kabbalah they tend to think of stars like Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Madonna wearing a Kabbalah`bracelet made out of braided red string to protect them from the unfriendly stare and unkind glances`as the Kabbalah Centre puts it. Surprisingly, this tradition is not unique to the Kabbalah. Many Mediterranean cultures wear red to ward off the evil eye. One nonsupernatural explanation of the string`s power is that it reminds the wearer to behave with humility, so as not to attract envy.

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