Michael Jackson’s former pal Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Jewsweek writes in an editorial: “So Madonna has written a children’s book, The English Roses, which is based on the Kabbalah and features as its lead character a girl named Binah. Should the Jewish community be proud? After all, here we are, a little backwater religion, with one of the world’s most famous faces highlighting our ancient mystical tradition. Should we not embrace her as our savior and princess, the woman who renounced Catholicism in favor of Judaism? The woman who helped make Judaism sexy? No. And here’s why. The fact that Judaism is becoming increasingly dependent on depraved pop cultural icons to make it appeal to the masses is a sign of desperation rather than achievement, failure rather than success.” The full story at shmuley.com has since been removed.