Having arrived earlier in the week to attend a conference on Kabbalah, Madonna toasted the Jewish new year on Saturday with Israeli President Shimon Peres. They met at Peres' official Jerusalem residence, where they exchanged gifts. Madonna, who was raised Roman Catholic and is not Jewish, received a lavishly bound copy of the Jewish Bible, while Peres was given a volume of the Book of Splendor, a guiding text of Kabbalah. Madonna was quoted as saying:
You don't know how popular the Book of Splendor is among Hollywood actors. Everyone I meet talks to me only about that. I am an ambassador for Judaism.I guess we have another reason to pray for the conversion of the Jews, our "elder brothers in Faith," on Good Friday.