Madonna’s Kabbalah

London: Madonna is all set to open a Kabbalah hotel, but residents near the site are not too happy. The star has bought a five-storey house here for 1.6 million pounds that she plans to convert into a hotel and drop-in centre for fellow followers of the Jewish sect. Madonna, who has been a Kabbalah devotee for over 10 years, signed the deeds on the swanky West End property, located close to her home, two weeks ago. However, nearby residents are outraged

by Madonna’s plans and are worried about the guests that the sect — denounced by some rabbis as ‘crackpot’ — will attract. One resident told Brit-ain’s London Evening Standard newspaper: “Having a Kabbalah centre would be totally inappropriate. It is a seriously manipulative sect which is very good at getting people’s money, including Madonna’s.” — HNS