Madonna to play Israel

Sept. 1 date last stop on 'Sticky and Sweet' world tour

JERUSALEM -- The Material Girl is coming to the Holy Land.

Madonna will play in Tel Aviv on Sept. 1 for the last stop on her "Sticky and Sweet" world tour. The pop star's Web site quotes her as saying she's "very excited about returning to Israel for my last and final show."

Madonna isn't Jewish, but she has adopted the Hebrew name of Esther and is a student of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. She made a private pilgrimage to Israel in 2004 to visit grave sites of Jewish sages.

Israelis often gripe that major artists usually skip the Jewish state when they tour. Her upcoming visit was front page news Tuesday.

This will be the pop icon's second gig in Israel. She last performed in the country in 1993.

She began her tour last August in Cardiff, Wales.
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