In case anyone was confused (or still cared): Madonna is not Jewish.
Despite reports of Madonna canceling Christmas for the family, her husband Guy Ritchie tells Extra otherwise. Guys says that all their kids get 3 presents each during Christmas.
Ritchie says, â€œSo by the time they get to the third present theyâ€™ve had their sugar hit. As long as the kids get three presents at Christmas, everyoneâ€™s being happy.â€
And despite the fact that the family studies Kabbalah, they have not yet converted to Judaism so they don’t celebrate Hanukkah either. â€œI have not converted to Judaism and neither has my wife,â€ Ritchie said.
(Wait, doesn’t the Zohar speak extremely highly of menorah lighting (III:114b), saying it illuminates the sefirot? Damn Cliff’s Notes!)
Madonna had previously said that both Christmas and Easter were “cancelled” in her household, but perhaps Madonna’s change of heart with Hanukkah is tied into the fact that she has since stopped using her Hebrew name, Esther, instead choosing to go by her previously unused birth middle name, Louise. Maybe she’s even reneging on her previous disavowal of the divinity of the founder of Christianity.
I have to say I’m inclined to reach the same conclusion as The India Times, perhaps what we are seeing is the beginning of Madonna’s faith-based midlife identity crisis, which could end anywhere from mikva’ot to Rajasthani threads.