Deeply religious superstar Madonna will play no Friday night gigs on her upcoming world tour - because the teaching of the Kabbalah forbids it.

The Holiday hitmaker has pledged to respect the Jewish practice of Shabbat, the religion's sabbath, by dining with her close family every Friday rather than working.

And Madonna, who is married to British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, hopes her move with convince the world she is very serious about the mystical teachings of the Kabbalah.

A source says, "This shows just how much Madonna is influenced by Kabbalah.

"She is completely focused on following her beliefs no matter what lengths she has to go to."

13/04/2004 01:28