Madonna’s Second Date in Israel

Madonna will resume her international Sweet & Sticky Tour in London on the 4th of July. The tour will end in Israel. After the September 1, 2009, concert in Tel Aviv quickly sold out, a second performance date was added for September 2, 2009. It has been 16 years since the pop diva last performed in Israel, although she has been a visitor to the country a couple of times since then.

While in Israel, Madonna plans to go to the Wailing Wall with her children, including her newly adopted Malawi daughter Mercy, age 3 or 4, and adopted Malawi son David Banda, 3.

The Israeli tabloid Yedioth Ahronoth reports that Madonna’s friend Justin Timberlake will be joining her in Israel. The two share an enthusiasm for Kabbalah. Mr. Timberlake has been studying the esoteric Jewish mysticism at the London Center with Madonna.

There have been no announced plans that Mr. Timberlake will perform on the Sweet & Sticky Tour, but it is rumored that there may be some onstage surprises.


Dalai Lama: “I Love George W. Bush”

Years ago, I studied with a painting teacher at the Art Students League of New York who was a devotee of Tibetan Buddhism. She painted meditation wheels or mandalas. After the Dalai Lama came to New York, she excitedly told us of her experience meeting him. She described placing her arm over the Dalai Lama’s to escort him down a flight of stairs, and the feeling that her feet never touched the steps as she walked with him.

On Saturday, January 17, 2009, the Dalai Lama delivered the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture before an audience in India, and spoke out on the issue of terrorism. “It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence,” he said. “They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated…but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed.” The Dalai Lama emphasized that the way to tackle terrorism is through prevention. The Tibetan spiritual leader and head of the Tibetan government-in-exile went on to stun his audience by declaring, “I love President George W. Bush.”

In 2007, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor amid official protests from China. He met with President Bush, who called him “a man of faith and sincerity and peace.” The American President and the Tibetan leader have had their differences in how to end international terrorism. In the aftermath of 9/11 attacks in the United States, the Dalai Lama asked President Bush to spend billions of dollars on education and promotion of non-violence instead of warfare.

The Dalai Lama and President Bush are both gracious men. The American people owe our President a debt of gratitude for his eight years of leadership and service to the United States. The number one task of the United States President is Commander in Chief. We were fortunate to have had President Bush as our leader in the fight against those closed-minded men and women who stand as the enemies of freedom.

See Also:
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Non-violence cannot tackle terrorism: Dalai Lama (India Express; January 17, 2009)