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6/18/05-Tyler

East Texan Profiled In National Kabbalah Story

From Madonna to Britney Spears. Celebrities are bringing to mainstream an ancient spiritual study. It's called Kabbalah.
Friday night ABC's "20/20" profiled Kabbalah. One of the guest, was Don Ellis of Tyler.
Life four years ago for Don was as a fast passed, whirlwind.
"I knew it was something else out there," Don said. "I knew that there had to be something where we could actually tap in to God."
So the lawyer and businessman went searching for deeper spiritual meaning in life.
"One day I saw this CD set called 'The Power of Kabbalah' and I ordered that and that was it. I hadn't looked back since."
Since then he's dedicated himself to studying Kabbalah. Don said it's not a religion, but a set of spiritual teachings and guidelines more than 4,000 years old.
Don has even ventured to the Kabbalah centers in Los Angeles and New York, something that led to his appearance Friday night on 20/20.
"They called us on the phone and they chose to interview me," he said. "I guess I was the weirdest one, that's about all I can tell yo
Though he jokes about it, Don is serious about his beliefs. "20/20" followed him for several days around Tyler, then 10 more in Israel. He said he did it to show how Kabbalah works.
When asked how he's seen himself change, Don replied, "You have no idea. I mean 180 degrees."
With so many celebrities wearing the red Kabbalah strings, KLTV asked Don if he thought it was a trend. He says nothing is glamorous about studying Kabbalah.
"You know why they're in it? Because it works," he said. "That's the only reason."
Don said he doesn't want to convince anyone to study Kabbalah, only to know, that it's changed his life.
"This is truly the secrets of the universe and it's how everything really works," he said, "but its not for everyone."
Don said you do not have to change religions to follow Kabbalah. He also says there are currently no Kabbalah centers in East Texas. Don and a group of 10 to 15 other followers of Kabbalah meet in Tyler every Friday.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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