Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Rabbi Philip Berg, Who Updated Jewish Mysticism, Dies at 86 -

«Many mainstream Jewish leaders condemned Rabbi Berg as purveying a diluted version of kabbalah, which was historically considered so complex and powerful that only married men 40 and older who already possessed a deep knowledge of the Torah were allowed to study it.

But his admirers praise him as having made kabbalah far more widely accessible than it had ever been — to women, young people and even gentiles.

"It's a mixed legacy,"»

Kol Tuv,

1 comment:

Rabbi Ben Hecht said...

Being a "mainstream Orthodox" rabbi, this article already describes how I view the Kabbalah Centre -- so a comment on this article is not really necessary. What I find interesting, though, is the very fact that this article was published -- and how the general world looks at the Centre and Rabbi Berg. It is important for us, even as we have our own opinions, to recognize that our perceptions -- even as they may seem most obvious to us -- are not necessarily shared by others. It is then very important for us to try and understand why.

Rabbi Ben Hecht