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Madonna Changes Name, Kept Out of Egypt

Is this her version of a midlife crisis, or is she just bizarre?

Parliament forbids the entry of Madonna into Egypt

Egyptian Parliament members have submitted an order to Government demanding that American singer Madonna be prohibited from entering Egyptian soil.  Parliament members also included a number of other international singers on their list of people forbidden from entering Egypt and called on all their embassies abroad to not grant any of them visas into Egypt or be allowed to shoot any of their music videos on Egyptian soil.

The demand came after Madonna announced that she will celebrate the Jewish New Years in Israel and that she had converted to Judaism. …

Madonna had announced that she has changed her name, which has become a marker throughout her career, and now demands to be called by her new Jewish name Esther. The singer who has adopted the Jewish [sect] “Kabbalah”, revealed that she has become so affected by her religion that she felt she must change her name to go with her belief. The well known Material Girl was named after her mother who died when the singer was young and said she wanted to be attached to the “energy” of a new name.

The irony is that “Esther” was a Persian name. Queen Esther’s Jewish name was Hadassah.

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