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Madonna, A-Rod share Kabbalah adviser

Madonna and Alex Rodriguez might be distancing themselves from each other, but their common interest in Kabbalah is only growing stronger.

According to a source close to the religion, A-Rod has been assigned to Madonna’s spiritual adviser, Rabbi Eitan Yardeni, for all of his Kabbalah and spiritual needs. This speaks volumes about A-Rod’s importance to the organization, says the source.

“A-Rod is clearly bringing in enough publicity for them if he’ll actually study with Yardeni. (Yardeni) is Madonna’s direct contact. This is a very big deal,” says the source.

Yardeni did not respond to requests for comment.

What exactly will Yardeni do to help A-Rod? Says the source, “When there’s trouble with Madonna, when she needs help with a decision, (Yardeni) is dispatched. He calls the shots in her spiritual life. When she’s on tour and needs spiritual guidance, he flies to wherever he is. The same will go for A-Rod.”

So Yardeni will essentially hit the road with the Yankees? According to the source, it’s looking that way: “Basically, yes. I don’t know if he’ll be allowed in the locker room though.”

Pete Wentz’s brilliant parenting idea
The Pete Wentz/Ashlee Simpson progeny isn’t due for several months yet, but the dad-to-be has decided the little one will be initiated to the music scene right out of the womb.

“I think (a concert tour) would be a really awesome environment for kids,” Pete told In Touch magazine. “Bringing a kid along would be cool.” Alrighty.

'Sesame Street’s' celebrity lineup: nothing short of amazingThe 39th season of “Sesame Street” begins Aug. 11, and the only thing more amazing than the show’s longevity is the caliber and quantity of celebrities the show still attracts. The August lineup alone includes Jack Black, Feist, Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum and Will Arnett, just to name a few. I’ve got to be honest, I’m not so sure how I feel about this. I blogged about it in — take a look and weigh in.

Weekend box office
To paraphrase from last week’s box office prediction, pity the film that opens within two weeks of “Dark Knight.” The Batman film will be No. 1 at the box office for a third straight week. Coming in a distant second, the new Brendan Fraser adventure, “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” The best this flick can hope for is that the folks who attempt to see Batman, but find it sold out, choose “Mummy” over the weekend’s other new release, Kevin Costner's “Swing Vote.” It’s likely that will be the case. “Swing Vote” might seem timely, but it’s certainly not going to break any records this weekend.

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