“Kabbalah for the Masses” Comes to Israel

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About a thousand “Kabbalah believers” from countries such as the Netherlands, Cameroon, Venezuela and Colombia gathered in Jerusalem this week in an attempt to “connect” to the spirit of the late Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (1885-1954) who is considered the founder of the so-called Kabbalah movement, which, as opposed to traditional Jewish practice, teaches esoterics to the masses.

At the center of the gathering was the man who is considered to be Rabbi Ashlag’s successor, Rabbi Michael Berg, spiritual leader and co-director of the Kabbalah Center and the author of several books about the Kabbalah.

At 39 years old, Berg is considered to be the “best friend” of celebrities such as Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Madonna. While today he stands at the front of the Kabbalah for the masses movement, it was his father, Shraga Berg, who started it all. Shraga Berg was a hareidi-religous insurance agent who left his wife and eight children, met a woman named Keren and married her. Together they were sure they would change the world.

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  • http://www.nehorapress.com/ Yedidah

    To many students of the great Rabbi Yehudah Lev Ashlag, Michael Berg is far from being his successor. Rabbi Ashlag, known as the Baal haSulam, had two main successors: Rabbi Brandwein, and his firstborn son, Rabbi Baruch Shalom Halevi Ashlag. Both founded schools which follow the work of Rabbi Ashlag in an authentic way… although they differ from each other slightly in their emphasis.
    For many Jews in Israel, the main teacher of the work of Rabbi Ashlag is Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Gottlieb, a student of Rabbi Baruch Ashlag.