The Curious Case of Kabbalah Popularity in Hollywood

Anyone who has been following the news in Hollywood of late will have realized that there is big new trend sweeping the artistic, celebrity haven – the Kabbalah, the codified spiritual and philosophical system of hundreds of years of Jewish, Christian and pre-christian exogesic (interpretive) study. First and foremost among the champions of the ancient wisdom tradition is none other than the “Queen of Pop,” singer and song writer, Madonna Louise Ciccone, more commonly known simply as Madonna. She became so spellbound by the study of the Kabbalah that she opened up numerous Kabbalah Centers to further spread awareness and study of the philosophical practice. Though Madonna is probably the most famous and well known advocate of the practice of Kabbalah in Hollywood (and arguably the world at the moment), she is far from alone. A whole host of other A list celebrities share her enthusiasm and reverence for the practice, such as That 70s Show actor, Ashton Kutcher and highly lauded comedian, Sandra Bernhard.

Though many have said that the spread of Kabbalah is a “new thing” within Hollywood, but nothing could be farther from the truth. For instance, many of Madonna and Kutcher’s predecessors, such as Sammy Davis Jr., Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, where all also practitioners of the philosophy of the Kabbalah.

One of the primary reasons why Kabbalah has had such a impact in Hollywood in particular (and this is attested to my numerous adherents themselves) is due to the way that the tenets of the belief system combat the fatigues incurred from the fast, taxing and often unfulfilling celebrity lifestyle. The Kabbalah stresses that every individual should labor to understand the nature of reality to better understand the nature of the Ein Sof (a manifestation of God), a struggle which starts with self understanding, for failing to understand one’s self one can not, obviously, be expected to understand God. Many celebrities, such as the aforementioned comedian, Sandra Bernhard, has publicly stated that the practice of Kabbalah eliminated “at least 80 percent of the chaos in my life.” With this kind of profound personal affect it is easy to understand why Kabbalah has taken up such a potent residence in the luxurious Hollywood hills.

Jason Hope Futurist Of Scottsdale

Jason Hope is an entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, and futurist residing in Scottsdale Arizona. Jason has spent his time researching new trends and ideas in technology in order to determine where the future is heading. His recent ideas about Internet of Things (IoT) has caused waves in the industry and is causing people to think.


The Internet of Things is the interconnected technology that links all devices and allows them to talk with one another. This includes everything beyond the obvious technology of phones and computers. Refrigerators, street lights and automobiles are all examples. This connectivity allows all devices to share the same resources and reduce waste and time. Jason Hope talks about how this connectivity has the potential to completely change how we all live and do business. Hope believes this technology will be the biggest investment across all businesses and we will eventually live in a world where all devices are connected and talk to each other.

Hope talks about how right now this is a just a convince for most people, but in the future this will be the standard of living and doing business. He explains that the benefit of this technology will be enormous and improve the quality of life for everyone. People will be more connected with themselves, the people around them, and the technology that drives all of our lives.

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Water Conditions on the Upper Mountain at Squaw Valley

Known for hosting the whole of the 1960 winter Olympics Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Resort offers fantastic skiing and wonderful facilities. Last summer the resort upgraded the water systems for the upper mountain, focusing on the four wells and associated systems that service High Camp and Gold Coast. Shortly after the system had been cleared for full service usage, the area was inundated with heavy rains. One October storm dumped more than nine inches in less than 72 hours. Management, concerned with the public health and safety, ran additional tests to check for contamination from excessive surface water. When test results showed signs of E. Coli bacteria, water usage was restricted, halted, and local authorities with Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District were called in to assist with further testing and treatments.


Residences in the surrounding area do not appear to have been affected, and systems for the rest of the resort were clear and safe. Skiing on the mountain continues, unaffected. The swift and effective shut down of restaurants, conveniences and drinking fountains on the upper mountain kept everyone safe. No health issues have been reported, and it appears that no contaminated water ever reached the public. The immediate steps taken by resort officials to resolve the issue in the best interests of their guests are greatly appreciated. Bottled drinking water has been provided free for all guests, and restroom facilities reopened once testing showed levels safe for sanitary purposes. Treatments to get water back to potable (drinkable) levels continue. Full water usage will not resume until every potential risk is completely neutralized and tests come back clear of all coliform bacteria indicators. Squaw Valley is acting with extreme caution, with the safety of the public as their foremost concern. Three of the four wells already responded to the initial treatments and issues with the fourth well are expected to be resolved soon. Continued testing shows that bacterial levels are being reduced by regular treatments, and Squaw Valley officials are looking into additional measures which could be implemented to maintain drinking water purity.

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Dick DeVos; An All-Around Giver

Dick DeVos, more popularly known as the Ex-CEO of Amway has spent a vast majority of his wealth funding educational organizations and grassroots movements.


DeVos, together with his wife and current Secretary of Education of the United States, Betsy DeVos have made close to $139 million in contributions to charity over their lifetimes.


The couple spent $11.6 million in contributions to charity in 2015, double the figure spent in donations to campaigns over a span of five years as has been reported to the federal government, something the DeVos family is better known for.


This dynamic duo have been a part of a larger family initiative toward charity for a while now, with Dick’s father, Richard DeVos having donated $104 million in 2015, and consequently getting the family into the Forbes ‘America’s Top Givers’ list in the 24th position.


According to Forbes, the DeVos family has given $ 1.33 billion, a quarter of the total estimated fortune they own, to charity. Dick’s wife also has a family equally inclined toward and known for their charity and giving.


The DeVos couple donated over $3 million to education related causes, with made up 26% of their overall donations totally this year. Out of this, another 3% was given to groups supporting educational reform.


Among those who received donations from the couple in 2013 were the Ferris State University in Big Rapids, the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning getting, Potter’s House in Wyoming, Rehoboth Christian School and the West Michigan Aviation Academy.


The couple launched the first aviation-themed charter school, built on the Gerald R. Ford International Airport five years ago. They don’t just fund the school and it’s activities but use their network to pull in high-profile speakers such as George W. Bush, the former US president and astronauts from the Apollo mission.


Dick is clearly filled with pride when he talks of the graduating class of last year which got 15 pilots licensed. The focus of the school on STEM, robotics and aeronautical research and engineering attracts students from many walks of life who travel long distances to reach the institute, many of them falling under the economically disadvantaged category of which a good 40% come from minorities.


DeVos has held many financial positions in his long and illustrious career which include being Vice President of Amway’s operations and starting his own business titled ‘The Windquest Group’ among other ventures. He returned to Amway as President succeeding his dad in 1993.


He has also entered the political sector, having run for Governor of the state of Michigan in 2006, on a Republican ticket. Loved by many, Dick DeVos is truly an inspiration to all and among the most generous of wealthy people.


Norman Pattiz Launches A Brand New Paranormal Podcast Series

Norman Pattiz announced the launch of ‘Beyond the Darkness. The show, which will be available at the Jericho Network, will be released weekly with its new episodes available every Monday on the PodcastOne platform. Users will access the podcasts directly at or through Android and iOS applications. Pattiz is the company’s founder and executive chairman.

The new show increases the genre of entertainment and educational podcasts one can access at the America’s largest advertiser-supported podcast platform. According to Pattiz, the new show will feature enlightening and entertaining conversations on paranormal activities. It will incorporate interviews with researchers and individuals that have had personal encounters with angels, demons, aliens, ghosts, ghouls, mysteries, miracles, and monsters.

WWE star Chris Jericho owns Jericho Network. The wrestler managed to grow the network from airing wrestling content to include many genres. The addition of this show to the network’s collection will push the podcast towards becoming one of the most loved channels on the platform. During the announcement of ‘Beyond the Darkness,’ Pattiz referred to the network as PodcastOne’s Jewel, indicating its value to the platform. This information was originally mentioned on PRNewswire as provided in the following link

Dave Schrader and Tim Dennis will host the paranormal show. The two hosts have a background in hosting radio shows and enjoy a huge fan base. Dave is an author and radio host while Tim is a radio producer. Chris Jericho believes that the two will have a great impact on the show. In addition, the podcast will benefit from Chris’ huge fan base. The star was present at the launch.

Chris is very anxious for the series to starts. He believes that the public will love the show and listen to every new episode. The WWE star promised his fans that the show would highlight on experiences that will shake their knowledge of paranormal activities. Besides being educative, the show will be entertaining.

About Norman Pattiz

Norman Pattiz is a seasoned broadcaster and entrepreneur. The founder and chairman of PodcastOne has worked for different broadcasting stations. The peak of his broadcasting career was marked in 2000 when President Clinton appointed him to the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Two years later, President Bush reappointed him to the same position. At the board, he was in charge of broadcasting services such as ‘radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, and The Voice of America. Pattiz is also an established entrepreneur, as he owns many companies. He is the founder of WestwoodOne, America’s largest radio network. Pattiz is also the proprietor of Courtside Entertainment Group.



Paranormal Show “Beyond the Darkness” to launch on PodcastOne Network’s Chris Jericho Channel


Norman Pattiz, The Founder of PodcastOne Network, announced the launch of “Beyond the Darkness” on Chris Jericho’s channel. It will feature enlightening conversations with some of the world’s greatest researchers and experiencers. They will challenge viewers’ knowledge of demons, aliens, monster encounters, ghost, mysteries, ghouls, angels, and miracles. The show’s hosts will be Tim Dennis and Dave Schrader, two popular radio hosts. New episodes are slated to be released on Mondays on the PodcastOne app, iTunes, and


Norman Pattiz and Chris Jericho’s Views


Pattiz sees Chris as a person who has grown into one of PodcastOne Network’s treasured jewels. He added that when The Jericho Network Collection started, he knew it would grow to include shows beyond wrestling.




PodcastOne, the number one advertiser-supported network in the United States, was founded by Norman Pattiz – its present Executive Chairman. The network prevalently hosts a minimum of 200 popular podcasts. These include Doctor Drew, Eddie Trunk, Malcolm McDowell, Chris Webber, Rich Eisen, Ross Mathews, Penn Jillette, Adam Carolla, Steve Austin, Dan Patrick, Terry and Heather Dubrow, Laura Ingraham, Jay Mohr, Neil Strauss, Gabriel Reece, Shaquille O’Neal, and Barstool Sports.


Norman Pattiz


Norman Pattiz started PodcastOne Network after selling Westwood One. He has over four decades of radio syndication experience and has attained numerous successes in the broadcasting industry. Under his leadership, Westwood One became America’s number one provider of sports, entertainment, traffic programming, and news. It managed, owned or distributed many popular networks including CBS News, CNN Radio, NFL football, NBC Radio Networks, Mutual Broadcasting System, The Super Bowl, NCAA Basketball, Plus March Madness, Summer and Winter Olympic games as well as several syndicated talk shows.


It is in 2000 that Norman Pattiz was appointed by America’s President Clinton to serve on the National Broadcasting Board of Governors. In 2002, he was re-appointed to serve on the board by President George Bush. The board oversees the country’s non-military broadcasting services like Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, and Radio Liberty. Norman Pattiz heads the board of directors of Council on Foreign Relations as well as Pacific Council on International Relations. He is also a recipient of the well-deserved recognition as one of the National Radio Hall of Famers.

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