Saw this from a wire report this afternoon...
By Daniel Rubin
Knight Ridder Newspapers
From this day forth, Madonna shall be known as Esther.
So sayeth the 45-year-old Material Girl-turned mystic in an interview scheduled to air Thursday night on ABC.
From the mother of Jesus to the Queen of the Jews - we're kvelling!
The singer formerly known as Madonna, a student of the ancient Jewish Kabbalah, told the news magazine "20/20" that her mother, also Madonna, "died when she was very young, of cancer, and I wanted to attach myself to another name. ... This is no way a negation of who my mother was. I wanted to attach myself to the energy of a different name."
The Old Testament's Esther saved her people by appealing to her husband, the Persian King Ahasuerus, nearly 500 years before the New Testament's Madonna gave birth to Jesus.
The modern-day Esther is now on her Re-Invention tour, appealing to Madison Square Garden fans this week in a glittery bustier, black short-shorts, and thigh-high boots.
You know, you think she would have learned from Prince and the whole changing your name thing? But noooo... And Esther? Sounds like an old Jewish lady, well, I guess with her studying the Kabbalah so much, she's just about there.