Residents of Michigan and especially Grand Rapids have been having a difficult time with how the media has portrayed Betsy DeVos. The Holland, Michigan native recently became the Secretary of Education for the United States and has been dealing with plenty of outspoken critics since. During her confirmation hearings, she was hammered by one Democrat after another who worked to trap her with questions that they hoped would make her look ignorant. While she was bothered by the whole fiasco, she has already moved on and gotten to work for the American people.
In Michigan, Betsy DeVos has served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and has also been a large part of legislation passed in the state to give its residence the freedom of educational choice. She has led the charge as an advocate of charter schools and public schools and has worked to see public funds pay for the tuitions of American children who wish to attend these kinds of schools. When she first became Secretary of Education for the U.S., she got right to work by attempting to set up a meeting between the two leaders of the largest teachers unions and herself. Only Randi Weingarten agreed to meet with her, while Lily Eskelsen García declined. Many saw her refusal to meet with DeVos as a partisan move.
Mike Cox, a Republican who once served as a state attorney general, commented that Betsy DeVos is a force to be reckoned with. He went further to say that she is a very formidable opponent who has been successful in the state of Michigan where many others have not. This is the woman that people in Michigan are familiar with; not the one that the media has made her out to be. Politicians in Washington have cautioned leaders of the Democrat party to not underestimate Betsy DeVos. Many are sure that she will find her footing soon and that she will fight to the end for what she believes in once she does.
Betsy DeVos believes that every American family should have the opportunity to send their kids to a school they choose. She has pointed to the many failures of public schools as an a example for why this should be taking place. It is her hope that more legislation will be passed that will enable economically challenged American families to take advantage of public vouchers. These vouchers will help to pay for the tuition of kids whose families would have never been able to afford to go to these kinds of quality schools in the first place.
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It seems like decades ago that Madonna first made a splash by announcing her conversion to the teaching of Kabbalah. She wore the red string bracelet, stopped having Friday night concerts and spoke about the Kabbalah Centre any opportunity she had. She was quickly followed by throngs of celebrity influencers who, for the most part, were not of Jewish descent.
Today, not much has changed. A recent article in Jerusaleum Online again addressed the question of why so many Hollywood stars are drawn to Kabbalah. The article quoted many famous celebrities of the past who sought something larger than themselves within the teachings. Many of these, including Elizabeth Taylor, famously converted to Judiaism and what Kabbalah knows.
Among the reasons outlined in the article, the overarching theme was one of peace and a focus on something greater, especially within the type of chaotic worlds these celebrities find themselves in on a daily basis. Shockingly enough, one of the most moving stories in the article comes from Paris Hilton, who remembers driving immediately to the Kabbalah Centre after undergoing a rough breakup. She went to the Kabbalah Centre to find peace and to surround herself with support and more information click here.
The main focus of Kabbalah has been to come closer to finding the concealed knowledge of God. This includes what can be seen and what can not. It isn’t a shock that these celebrities who have the world at their feet search for something greater than themselves to guide their path.
The Kabbalah Centre was originally established in 1922 by Rav Yehuda Ashlang. The famous Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles opened its doors in 1984 with the approach to begin its students with teachings that don’t require or make much reference to Jewish and Hebrew texts and religion. Traditionally Kabbalah Centre teachings were reserved for males over the age of 40. However, all are welcome at the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre.
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Were it not for the globally popular pop star Madonna, Kabbalah centers in Los Angeles and the rest of the United States would not have sprouted as much as they have. The lady who had been controversial in the moral debates her actions had earlier provoked, converted to Judaism and denounced all other ways of life, shunning other philosophies for the sake of the Kabbalah Jewish mysticism. She then publicly announced the joys and fulfillment the Kabbalah doctrine had brought into her life, devoting her time, money and energy to introduce her Hollywood peers to the ancient Jewish way of life and learn more about Kabbalah.
Her efforts paid off, and she managed to attract a big multitude of non-Jewish Hollywood pop stars, movie stars and even socialites into Judaism. The insistence, however, was on the Kabbalah doctrines and philosophy rather than of the Jewish religion, Judaism, which only came as a condition for Kabbalah. Some of the celebrities who took an interest in the Jewish mysticism were Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis, Paris Hilton, Marilyn Monroe and, Britney Spears. Although Madonna’s intentions might have been pure and showed devotion to Kabbalah through her actions, it was the same actions that manifested into her betrayal for Kabbalah and more information click here.
Kabbalah is a doctrine that has been part of the Jewish culture and religion that only allows elite members of the Jewish society to act as custodians of the ancient and secret wisdom of Jewish descent that relays concealed knowledge of God. It is not meant to be spread among non-Jewish men, least of all women since the tradition is to an extent chauvinist. However, Madonna opened Kabbalah centers which attracted numerous non-Jewish scholars, some who had genuine persuasions to Kabbalah but some who perused the knowledge in vain, seeking only to fulfill curiosity or to get the attention that it brought at that time. One such individual who proved to have been after other ulterior motives include Britney Spears who denounced Judaism and Kabbalah after her divorce and claimed that her only religion was her baby. Later, she joined and denounced other religions including Hinduism.
Orthodox Jewish Rabbis were not amused with the Kabbalah centers and wrote to the Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish community in protest. They felt that it was wrong for the Kabbalah doctrine to be taught to non-Jewish individuals, expressing that the activities of the Kabbalah Centers may have been profit-oriented ventures and a defilement to Kabbalah and Judaism and Kabbalah’s lacrosse camp.