New Kabbalist: Madonna’s adopted baby

He’s only one year old, but Madonna’s new adopted boy already has a mission: To study Kabbalah

Superstar Madonna plans to raise her new adopted son David Banda as a follower of the Kabbalah, but insists he is free to be a Christian like his biological father when he’s older, reported the music-dedicated website ContactMusic.

According to the report, The Catholic-raised singer began studying the Kabbalah in 1996 and has raised her two biological children Lourdes and Rocco as Kabbalists.

Madonna was photographed bringing 13-month-old Malawian David to New York City on Sunday, wearing a red string bracelet, which is said to protect the wearer from ‘the evil eye’.

Madonna told Meredith Vieira in an interview set to air Wednesday on “Dateline NBC” and Wednesday and Thursday on “Today” that:

“I believe in Jesus and I study Kabbalah. So, I don’t see why he can’t too. The essence of the Kabbalah is the teachings of Jesus. You know, love your neighbor as yourself. If David decides he wants to be a Christian, then so be it. Studying Kabbalah doesn’t mean you can’t be a Christian or a Buddhist or a Muslim or a Jew or whatever.”

Public storm

The singer’s efforts to adopt David Banda have set off a media storm; one that Madonna told “Today” reflects “our inability to focus on the real problems and our desire to have distractions and to be consumed with people’s personal lives and gossip.”

She also said that the public’s issue with the adoption was motivated by racism.

“That’s underneath a lot of people’s prejudice about me adopting David,” she told “Today.” “I think a lot of people have a problem with the fact that I’ve adopted an African child, a child who has a different color skin than I do.”

Madonna said she adopted the boy because she “wants to be part of the solution.”

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