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Madonna’s Article for Yediot Ahronot

There is an old cliche: When the student is ready the teacher appears.
I had traveled the world many times over, performed in soccer stadiums, appeared in films, dined with the state leaders, collaborated with great artists and achieved what most people would view as a high level of success but I still felt like something was missing from my life.
I was pregnant with my daughter, almost 14 years ago and I had just finished the film Evita and I realized I had spent my whole life worrying about myself and that I would soon be responsible for someone else’s life.
I was raised a Catholic and my father was very religious but none of my questions were ever really got answered when it came to trying to understand why people suffered in the world or what the meaning of life was all about.
And I suddenly thought, “What will I teach my child about the important things in life?”
I was practicing yoga for years and studying Sanskrit. I had read many books by the great Yogi Masters and Indian Avatars. I studied Buddhism and the teachings of Dali Lama. I studied Taoism and the Art of War.
I read about the Gnostics and the early Christians.
I learned a lot and I was very inspired but I still could not connect the dots and find a way to take this knowledge and apply it to my daily life.
I was looking for an answer.
I went to a dinner party in L.A.
A woman sitting next to me was telling me about a class she was taking from Rabbi.
She said it was so inspiring and that I should come along. I asked her what it was about.
She said “Life”.
I asked her what it was called.
She said “Kabbalah”.
I told her I wasn’t Jewish and she said: “What difference does it make what its called and what religious upbringing you have had if you are inspired?”
She had a point.
So I went to the class and sat in the back and I listened to a man named Eitan teach the class.
I heard what he had to say and I knew at this moment my life would never be the same.
I began to go to the classes regularly and sit in the class with my notebook. No one bothered me. I Took notes.
I met with Eitan privately and asked a lot of questions. The thing that was encouraged the most was to enquire further.
All the questions I had about life began to be answered and I realized I had finally found a “belief system” or a philosophy that incorporated Science and Spirituality.
I was learning about Physics, Astronomy, Nature and the laws of Cause and Effect.
All the puzzle pieces started falling into place.
Life no longer seemed like a series of Random events. I started to see patterns in life. I woke up. I began to be conscious of my words and my actions and to really see results of them.
I also began to see that being Rich and Famous wasn’t going to bring me lasting fulfillment and that it was not the end of the journey.
That it was the beginning of of the journey.
I have been studying with Eitan consistently since that first class and it was only a matter of time before I met Michael Berg, whose father Rav Berg, comes from a long line of Kabbalists and was the teacher of Eitan.
Michael Berg is a very unique human being. He might be the smartest person I know.
At first he seemed quiet and shy, conservative and even perhaps a bit naive. But ask him a question on any subject and you will find yourself swimming in an ocean of information.
Its astounding what he knows and what he has accomplished at such a young age. The fact that he translated 22 volumes of the Zohar from Aramaic into Hebrew and English is remarkable.
The funny thing about Michael is that he is as comfortable and knowledgeable about discussing the teachings of the Ari as he is of discussing his favorite Seinfeld episode.
He knows more about Pop Culture and what’s going on in the world then anyone I know and yet his desire to really affect change in the world and compassion he feels for people who are suffering is unparalleled.
When Michael gets up to tell a story in front of a room full of people there is never a dry eye in the house including his own.
I am lucky to call him my friend.
He has a child with Down Syndrome and it is perhaps because of this that he feels the need to come to the rescue of children who are living in challenging situations or abject poverty.
We were both looking for a project to do with children and low and behold a Malawian woman appeared and told us about the plight of over 1 million children orphaned by AIDS in a small land locked country in Africa.
Before we knew it we were visiting Malawi and that was the birth of our foundation Raising Malawi.
Of course now that I know what I know, I realize that this did not happen by chance.
Once again the students were ready and the teacher appeared. In this case the children of Malawi are the teachers.
They have taught me so much. And they continue to teach me.
As do Michael and Eitan.


Madonna's Article for Yediot Ahronot

Madonna on a boat trip in Oslofjord

Between two shows in Norway, Madonna took a boat ride with her dancers and the crew on a luxury yacht from Oslofjord bay in Oslo (Wednesday, July 29 2009)
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Madonna on the boat trip in Oslofjord

Madonna’s Budapest Show – Tour Production Statement

Live Nation Hungary is surprised at the issues that have arisen concerning the Madonna concert taking place at the Puskas Ferenc Stadium on August 22nd, as it followed the normal procedure in booking the Stadium, and received a signed, written confirmation from the Stadium management on July 21st.

In an effort to find a solution to the issues, the Vice-President of Live Nation in the region, Mr. Tim Dowdall, has requested a meeting with the President of the Hungarian Football Association, Mr. Istvan Kisteleki. This meeting will take place next week, at a time to be agreed. As a result, we will not be exchanging tickets from tomorrow as planned, but we hope to be able to do so after the meeting.

In the meantime, we would ask all Madonna’s fans in Hungary to remain calm. It is absolutely sure that the show will take place. We are all looking forward to an amazing Madonna concert in Budapest on August 22nd.


Petition for Sticky & Sweet tour to be held at Puskas Ferenc stadium


Pop singer Madonna was to perform at the Hungarian national horse track, called Kincsem Park. Last week concert organizer Live Nation released a statement that her concert will take place at Puskás Ferenc stadium.

The Hungarian Football Association (MLSz) immediately started to protest against this. “If Madonna’s show is held at the Puskás stadium, two years of work of the national soccer team could be ruined”, Istvan Kisteleki of the Hungarian soccer association told Hungarian news agency MTI.

Right now I\m asking all Madonna fans to show their sympathy to the Hungarian fans, we’re all worried about that the show might be cancelled.
We want Madonna to perform for the very first time here in Hungary at Puskás Ferenc stadium!

Thanks to Karol

Madonna on the cover Yediot Ahronot

Madonna on the cover Yediot Ahronot

“Countless times I’ve traveled the world, performed in soccer stadiums, acted in films, dined with world leaders, I’ve achieved what’s considered a very high level of success.
And yet I felt that something is missing in life.
I was pregnant with my daughter almost 14 years ago, when I suddenly realized that I’ve spent most of my life only taking care of myself, and soon I’ll be responsible for another human being’s life.
I looked for meaning.
And one day, at a lesson by a teacher named Eitan, I started finding the answers. I’ve woken up.
I started seeing that being rich and famous isn’t the end of the road, but the beginning of it.”

source: madonnanation

Joe Echo: A Celebration with Madonna!

I’m so delighted to announce that the next Madonna single titled Celebration was co written by Madonna, Paul Oakenfold, Ian Green and yours truly. As i write this blog I’m still finding it very hard to believe. I’m very Honored to have my name even mentioned in the same sentence as Madonna. As like many people i grew up listening to her many hits, and i have a lot of respect for her as a living legend. I never even thought for one minute that i would get the opportunity to write for Madonna or work with the legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold… but that’s exactly what has happened. So how did a little known singer/songwriter from Castledawson N. Ireland get to co write with one of the biggest stars the music world has ever known? To cut a long story short…

I was co-writing with Ian Green and Oakenfold for the new Oakenfold Album when Oakey sent Madonna some of the backing tracks that we had come up with. I never for one minute thought that Madonna would even like the music let alone record two of the tracks that we had written but that’s exactly what has happened. A few Months back, in a New York recording studio Madonna wrote the lyrics for and recorded ‘Celebration’ and a track called ‘Broken’ ‘Celebration’ is the first single off the next Greatest hits album, which is also titled ‘Celebration.’ I am so happy with this news and i am very excited to see how things unfold over the next few weeks! As always I will keep posting the news on the site. Thank you so much to all for there warm wishes.

Cheers Ciaran


Madonna to sing on Budapest soccer stadium

U.S. pop star Madonna will perform at a Budapest soccer stadium despite protests by the Hungarian Football Association, organizers said Wednesday.

If Madonna’s show is held at the Puskas stadium, two years of work of the national soccer team could be ruined, Istvan Kisteleki of the Hungarian soccer association told the Hungarian news agency MTI.

The Hungarian national team is scheduled to play two major world cup qualification matches early in September and it would take more than 30 days to repair the turf on Budapest’s Ferenc Puskas stadium after Madonna’s concert Aug. 22.

Hungary is to play Sweden Sept. 5 and Portugal Sept. 9.

Lajos Vajto, the director of Budapest’s Kincsem Park, the site for horse tracks, said the Madonna concert could be held on his facility if the Puskas soccer stadium refuses to stage the show.

source: upi