Leading Cult Expert Rick Ross Slams The Kabbalah Centre, Calling It a “Destructive Cult”

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Mr Ross, one of the leading experts on cults and deprogrammers in the world today, recently released a video where he speaks extensively on The Kabbalah Centre, and why he believes that it meets the criteria of a destructive cult that exerts undue influence upon its members, using authoritarian leadership and manipulation through coercive thought reform practices which result in the exploitation of its followers.

He uses Robert J. Lifton’s thesis on cults to show why this is the case. Mr Ross states that the Bergs are held in an aura of Divinity by their followers, that they don’t feel that they can dispute anything that they’re told by the Bergs. This demonstrates how the Kabbalah Centre’s leaders are absolute authoritarians, that Mr Ross says are similar to what other groups that are considered to be destructive cults have. 

 

Madonna in custody battle with Guy Ritchie over the return of son Rocco to her in NYC

Madonna, the Kabbalah Centre Cult’s most famous devotee, recently went to court in a feud with former husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, to force son Rocco to return to New York to spend Christmas with her.

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The Telegraph UK states that the “singer wins legal bid to have 15-year-old son forced to board a plane from London despite him wanting to stay in the UK for Christmas.”

(Rocco ended up defying the court order, didn’t board a plane and stayed with his Dad in London for the holidays).

So, Guy Ritchie is supporting his son’s bid to stay with him in the UK instead of returning to Madonna.

We wonder if this has anything to do with the possibility that Mr Ritchie may not want for his son to be involved further in Madonna’s Kabbalah Centre cult activities, especially in light of the recent scandal and sexual assault court case against the Kabbalah Centre cult co-leader, Yehuda Berg, one of Madonna’s ‘spiritual teachers’, that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars of damages being awarded to Berg’s victim.

Madonna involves all of her children in her Kabbalah Centre cult, including Rocco, and did the same with Mr Ritchie whilst they were still married to each other. After they divorced, Mr Ritchie severed all ties with the Kabbalah Centre cult.

The news sites are speculating that the reason for Rocco’s refusal is because he doesn’t want to be part of Madonna’s concert tour anymore. We have a different theory. We believe that Yehuda Berg’s recent spectacular fall from grace (he’s now been ousted from the Kabbalah Centre cult to stop them from losing members and their precious $$$$) has done a lot to influence Mr Ritchie’s decision. And if we may say it, rightly so! The children do not deserve to be involved in cults, and if one parent can save them, then that’s a very good thing! Sorry Madonna, but remember, everything comes from the Creator. He’s trying to help you to wake up to yourself! We hope that you do, before your children all turn on you one day…

From The Telegraph UK:

Madonna goes to court in feud with Guy Ritchie to force son Rocco to return to New York

Madonna has gone to court to force her 15-year-old son Rocco to return to New York, after his father Guy Ritchie insisted that he wanted to stay in the UK for Christmas.

The singer appeared before a judge in Manhattan on Wednesday morning, where she won her bid to have her son forced to board a plane from London.

Mr Ritchie, a film director who has two children with Madonna, argued through his lawyer that Rocco preferred to spend Christmas with his father, the New York Post reported.

“He has expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York,” said Eric Buckley, Mr Ritchie’s lawyer, regarding their son.

Madonna, appearing agitated, tried to interject, the New York Daily News reported, but was calmed by her lawyer Eleanor Alter.

Judge Deborah Kaplan asked Mr Buckley: “Has he prevented the child from returning to the US?”

“Effectively yes,” Mr Buckley replied.

Judge Kaplan ordered that Rocco should talk with Madonna, and then revisit the issue of which parent he prefers.

The judge told a smiling Madonna that Rocco must also present himself to court in the United States for the case to be decided.

“I’m directing the child to be returned to New York. If he wants to stay with his father, he must return to his mother.”

Madonna, in a black wool fur cape, long black skirt and dark sunglasses, refused to comment as she left the Manhattan courtroom.

Madonna and Ritchie were granted a divorce in 2008. They also have an adopted son, David Banda, 10.

Madonna has two other children, Lourdes Leon, 19, and nine-year-old Mercy James, adopted from Malawi.

The 57-year-old has recently returned to New York from Glasgow, where on Sunday night she performed for her Rebel Heart tour.

The show, which began in Montreal in September, has seen her criss-cross the US and Europe. Concluding the European leg, she is back in New York for Christmas before starting again, on January 6, in Mexico City and continuing through Asia and Australasia, wrapping up in March.

Ritchie married model Jacqui Ainsley this summer, and lives in London with her and their three sons.

Madonna in happier times with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, and disgraced Kabbalah Centre cult leader Yehuda Berg

 

Disgraced False Kabbalah Cult Leader Yehuda Berg Gets A Taste of God’s Judgment

From Hollywood (false kabbalah) rabbi to the stars, and #4 in Newsweek’s Top 50 American rabbis, to the most shameful downfall from his glittering heights, exposed as a sexual predator, attempted rapist, would-be adulterer, liar, blasphemous heretic, two-faced deceiver and grossest of all hypocrites.

Welcome to a taste of God’s judgment, Yehuda Berg! Couldn’t happen to a bigger schmuck!

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Disgraced Kabbalah Centre Cult Leader Yehuda Berg’s Sexual Advances Turned Her Away From Religion, Says Woman Who Won Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Him

Original news story: Kabbalah Rabbi Yehuda Berg’s sexual advances turned her away from religion, says woman suing him

A former Kabbalah Centre International student testified Wednesday that her negative experiences with the Jewish school of thought has prompted her to shun religion, distrust the clergy and install extensive security in her home to protect herself.

Jena Scaccetti told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury that the controlling aspects of Kabbalah and an alleged attempt by one of its former co-directors, Rabbi Yehuda Berg, to convince her to have sex with him took its toll after six years as a follower.

“I never confided in a rabbi again,” Scaccetti testified. “I grew up a Catholic and I don’t confide in any priests. I don’t want to convert to Judaism. My connection is between me and God at this point. I don’t trust middle men.”

The plaintiff was in her second day of testimony in trial of her lawsuit against Berg and the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles, where Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and other celebrities have studied.

The 36-year-old plaintiff alleges Berg gave her alcohol and a Vicodin pill to try and relax her so she would agree to have sex with him at his mother’s apartment in the Kabbalah Centre in New York City the night of Oct. 25- 26, 2012. She also claims he touched her and forcibly embraced her.

Scaccetti says she rejected his advances and that the four-hour visit ended with him calling for a cab to take her home, but only after he seized her phone and deleted messages. She said he also threatened her harm and even death if she told anyone what happened.

Berg testified he acted improperly and did not try to change her mind when she refused to have sex.

At the request of her lawyer, Scaccetti read several text messages she and Berg exchanged shortly after their visit in New York City. Most of the writings were friendly in nature.

“At that point in my life, I could never imagine talking to Yehuda in a disrespectful way,” she said.

However, about two weeks later, the tone of Scaccetti’s texts changed, In one text she told Berg that what happened in his mother’s apartment was “not OK” with her.

“You crossed the line and with me and you know it,” Scaccettt said she told Berg.

Scaccetti said her decision to seek a spiritual renewal with Kaballah after ending an abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend turned out to be another of many “bad, bad choices” she has made throughout her life.

“Yehuda was the last straw where I could take being abused by another guy,” she said.

She said she and her brother live together in a home with security cameras that make her feel safer. But she says she still experiences anxiety and depression from her Kabbalah experiences.

“Every day I’m reprogramming my brain,” she said. “Every aspect of my life, they controlled. Every day I work to get the thoughts out of my life so I can get control.”

Scaccetti said she was ambivalent at first about speaking out and filing the lawsuit she eventually brought against the Kabbalah Centre and Berg in January 2014.

“I felt that by coming forward I could put myself in danger in some metaphysical way,” she said. “I was afraid he could put some kind of spell on me.”

Scaccetti said she also worried about the impact a lawsuit could have on Berg’s wife and their five children. But she said she believes that by going public that she can actually protect both herself and others.

“It’s awful to talk about, but I’m preventing it from happening to someone else and I’m proud of that,” she said.

Berg is the author of about 30 books, including “The Power of Kabbalah” and “The 72 Names of God.” His father, Rav Berg, and brother, Michael Berg, also taught at the Los Angeles center.

Berg admitted during his testimony that he was addicted at the time to alcohol and drugs. He said he left Kabbalah International in May 2014 to get treatment for his addictions and that he is now sober.

By Bill Hetherman, City News Service

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Authentic Kabbalah is the Path to Kedusha (Holiness). Internally and Externally.

Madonna wears the Kabbalah Centre cult's red string at all times.

Madonna, the ̶c̶a̶r̶d̶-̶c̶a̶r̶r̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ perpetually red-string-wearing devotee of the Kabbalah Centre cult.

How do you know if you’ve got yourself involved in a false kabbalah cult, instead of an authentic place of kabbalistic learning? For one thing, have a look at who the students and members are, and what they are about. Are they following a path to holiness and sanctity (Kedusha), through attaining faith above all understanding and love in the Creator? Or are they doing something else entirely? Either way, it will be reflected in their external actions (as well as their internal attainments). Their external actions should be one of the main indicators as to whether you’re in a false kabbalah group or cult or not. See for yourself: are the followers outwardly busy pursuing their own egos, or are they busy bestowing to pursue the love of God without receiving anything for themselves? Ego or Evil in kabbalah is defined as self-love, the will to receive only for oneself, be it the will to receive wealth and riches, fame, power, recognition, and other corporeal desires of this world. Or any desire, really, even the desire for spirituality, if the primary goal is to satisfy one’s self and not to bestow purely in order to provide contentment to one’s Maker.

The ones pursuing their own egos would be hard to miss – they’re the ones busy satisfying their own desires for themselves, all the while screaming and hollering for attention. The ones who are living on the path of holiness, on the other hand, won’t be so obvious at all, and most likely won’t be much to look at on the outside, because their desire to stay humble will ensure that their efforts won’t be seen or recognised by others easily. See, you can’t do both, pursue your ego as well as pursue God at the same time. That’s the whole point about being on the path to spirituality. You can only choose one way, and if purification and holiness are not where you’re heading, then you’re going in the opposite direction. Time to take stock and get back on track, if that’s what you really want to do. (Learn to surrender to the Creator completely by studying authentic Kabbalah for starters. With God, these are all the things that are possible and in fact, exactly what He intended for us – only the best out of life).

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Madonna – The Kabbalah Centre cult’s #1 Student, and Most Famous and Devoted Follower

Take the performer known as Madonna (pictured here) for example. She’s the Kabbalah Centre cult’s most famous follower/cult member, “the face” of the Kabbalah Centre cult, as most people would probably know. It’s one of the things that she’s most known for, having been with the Kabbalah Centre cult since the early to mid-1990s, and proudly proclaiming to the whole world of this fact through her highly-publicised Kabbalah Centre cult activities. So that’s at least 20 years of being the most famous if not “devoted” and celebrated student of the Kabbalah Centre cult. After 20 years of studying so-called kabbalah from this place, we should expect her to be well and truly on the path to holiness, sanctity, and righteousness, if the Kabbalah Centre taught authentic kabbalah, should we not?

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Hmmm. What do you think?

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I think NOT.

Seriously. If carrying on in this way is what the Kabbalah Centre cult is teaching Madonna, then she really needs to demand her money back, (and according to her charity organisation’s IRS documents she gives the Kabbalah Centre cult millions of tax-free dollars each year), because what they’re teaching her is most definitely NOT authentic kabbalah, going by what she’s patently showing to the whole world. Madonna wants the whole world to know that she’s a devoted kabbalah student. What the world needs to know, however, is that Madonna is a devoted FALSE kabbalah cult student. There’s a mighty big difference. And the results are manifested quite clearly enough. As one can see for one’s self.

Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag writes:

“In the verse, “O ye that love the Lord, hate evil; He preserveth the souls of His saints; He delivered them out of the hand of the wicked,” he interprets that it is not enough to love the Creator, and to want to be awarded adhesion with the Creator. One should also hate evil.

The matter of hatred is expressed by hating the evil, called “the will to receive.” And one sees that one has no artifice to be rid of it, and at the same time one does not want to accept the situation. And one feels the losses that the evil causes him, and also sees the truth that one cannot annul the evil by himself, since it is a natural force by the Creator, who has imprinted the will to receive in man.

In that state, the verse tells us what one can do, meaning hate evil. And by that the Creator will keep him from that evil, as it is written, “He preserveth the souls of His saints.”

… Hence, since the Creator loves to bestow, the lower ones should also adapt to want only to bestow. The Creator also hates to be a receiver, as He is completely whole and does not need a thing. Thus, man, too, must hate the matter of reception for oneself.

It follows from all the above, that one must bitterly hate the will to receive, for all the ruins in the world come only from the will to receive. And through the hatred, one corrects it and surrenders under the Kedusha (Sanctity).”

From: “You That Love the Lord, Hate Evil” by Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag (“Baal HaSulam”)

It goes without saying, then, that if one wishes to study authentic Kabbalah that will bring one to closeness and therefore revelation of the Creator in his/her life, that one should take care not to be dazzled or duped by famous celebrities (even those whose talents and achievements one admires) and instead stay as far away from the Kabbalah Centre cult as much as one possibly can.

Wanting to receive spirituality (what’s referred to as the “light” by false kabbalah cults) in return for studying kabbalah causes more remoteness from the Creator ~ Baal HaSulam

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In the following article, “If You Leave Me One Day, I Will Leave You Two” by Baal HaSulam, may his memory be blessed, Baal HaSulam explains how a person who practices kabbalah and keeps Torah and Mitzvot to overcome his will to receive and bring himself closer to the Creator, can fall into the trap of becoming needy of not just one type of reception but two. Meaning he wants to receive the pleasures of the next world, and he wants to receive the pleasures in this world, to which he has fallen again in spite of being on the path of Torah. This happens when he expects the Creator to reward him for his work of keeping Torah and Mitzvot.

Baal HaSulam says that such a person has actually become more remote from the Creator by wanting to receive the pleasures of the upper world and reward for doing the spiritual work. This is how a person who keeps Torah and Mitzvot and kabbalah actually becomes more distant from the Creator instead of being closer to Him.

The solution, Baal HaSulam states, “is to always go by the path of Torah, which is to bestow.” Baal HaSulam explains in detail in the rest of the article how not to fall in the trap of wanting to receive two types of reception, meaning the physical world AND the spiritual or upper world, and therefore not to walk in the opposite state away from the Creator. How to BESTOW and come to receive pleasure from bestowal, and not anymore to desire to receive pleasure from reception, even the desire to receive spirituality, which are all desires to receive and therefore lead one away from the opposite path of becoming closer to the Creator.

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People who study with the Kabbalah Centre or Bnei Baruch should take note of this advice from Baal HaSulam, which most likely they never would’ve heard about, as these kabbalah cults wish people to be stuck in the state of wanting to receive, for this is how the cults can exploit them. But not falling into this trap of wanting to receive twice is what it takes to go from the state of Lo Lishma (Not for the Torah’s sake) to Lishma (For The Torah’s Sake) which is what’s necessary to bring about Dvekut or Adhesion with the Creator.

If one studies kabbalah in order to receive something in return, be it “the Light of the Creator”, “connection with the Light”, “endless fulfilment, blessings, miracles and wonders”, which the Kabbalah Centre cult urges, or “Arvut” or “unity and connection” with “the friends”, spiritual attainment and development, revelation of the Creator, which is Bnei Baruch’s, or to become like the Creator, even Dvekut or Adhesion with the Creator – if one studies kabbalah to receive any or all or even just one of these things, and does not have the ultimate goal in mind at all times to not wish to receive anymore but only to bestow, then one will fall into this trap of the Yetzer Hara (evil inclination), or the body. One will be guilty of receiving two types of reception, and will be condemned to remoteness and distance from the Creator while thinking he’s not, believing that because he studies kabbalah and keeps Torah and Mitzvot to overcome his will to receive that that’s enough. But kabbalah without the goal of Lishma is not kabbalah at all.

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IF YOU LEAVE ME ONE DAY I WILL LEAVE YOU TWO

Every person is remote from the Creator with the reception in him. But he is remote simply because of the will to receive in him. However, since that person does not crave spirituality, but worldly pleasures, his distance from the Creator is one day, meaning a distance of a day, which means that he is far from Him in only one aspect — in being immersed in the will to receive the desires of this world.

However, when a person brings himself closer to the Creator, and dismisses reception in this world, he is then considered close to the Creator. But if he later fails in the reception of the next world, he is then far from the Creator because he wants to receive the pleasures of the next world, and also falls into reception of pleasures of this world, too. It follows that now he has become remote from the Creator by two days:

1) by receiving pleasures in this world, to which he has fallen again, and

2) since he now has the desire to receive the crown of the next world. This is because by engaging in Torah and Mitzvot he forces the Creator to reward him for his work in Torah and Mitzvot.

It turns out that in the beginning he walked one day and drew closer to serving the Creator, and afterwards he walked two days backwards. Thus, now that person has become needy of two types of reception: 1) of this world; 2) of the next world. Thus, he has been walking in the opposite state.

The advice for it is to always go by the path of Torah, which is to bestow. And the order should be that first one must be cautious with the two rudiments: 1) the making of the Mitzva; 2) the sensation of pleasure from the Mitzva. One should believe that the Creator derives great pleasure when we keep His commandments.

It therefore follows that one should keep the Mitzva in actual fact, and believe that the Creator derives pleasure from the lower one keeping His Mitzvot. And here there is no difference between a big Mitzva and a small Mitzva. That is, the Creator derives pleasure even from the smallest act that is done for Him.

Afterwards there is a result, which is the main goal that one should see to. In other words, a person should feel delight and pleasure in causing contentment to his Maker. This is the main emphasis of the work, and this is called “serve the Lord with gladness.” This should be the reward for one’s work, to receive delight and pleasure in having been rewarded with delighting the Creator.

This is the meaning of, “The stranger that is in the midst of thee shall mount up above thee higher and higher; … He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him.” The “stranger” is the will to receive (when beginning to serve the Creator, the will to receive is called “stranger.” And before that, it is a complete gentile).

“He shall lend to thee.” When it gives strength for work, it gives the strength by way of lending. This means that when a day in Torah and Mitzvot has passed, although it did not instantaneously receive the reward, it still believed him that afterwards, he would pay for the powers for the work that it has given him.

Hence, after the day’s work it comes and asks for the debt that he had promised it, the reward for the powers that the body gave him to engage in Torah and Mitzvot. But he does not give it, so the stranger cries, “What is this work? Working without reward?” Hence, afterwards the stranger does not want to give Israel the strength to work.

“And thou shalt not lend to him.” If you give it food and you ask that it will give you strength for work, then it tells you that it has no debt to pay you for the food that you are giving it. This is because “I gave you the strength for the work to begin with; and that was on condition that you would buy me possessions. Hence, what you are giving me now is all according to the previous condition. Therefore, now you come to me so I will give you more strength for the work, so that you will bring me new possessions.”

So the will to receive has grown clever, and uses its cleverness to calculate the profitability of it. Sometimes it says that it settles for little, that the possessions it has are enough, and hence it does not wish to give him more powers for the work. And sometimes it says that the way you are going in now is dangerous, and perhaps your efforts will be in vain. And sometimes it says that the effort is greater than the reward; hence, I will not give you strength to work.

Then, when one asks it for strength to walk in the path of the Creator, in order to bestow, and that everything will be only to increase the glory of Heaven, it says, “What will I get out of it?” Then it comes with the famous arguments, such as “Who” and “What,” that is, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice?” as Pharaoh’s argument, or “What mean you by this service?” as the argument of the wicked.

All this is because it has a just argument, that this is what they had agreed between them. And this is called, “if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord,” then he complains because he does not keep the conditions.

But when you hearken unto the voice of the Lord, meaning right at the entrance (entrance is a constant thing because every time he has a descent he must begin anew. This is why it is called an “entrance.” Naturally, there are many exits and many entrances) he tells his body: “Know that I want to enter the work of God. My intention is only to bestow and to not receive any reward. You should not hope that you will receive anything for your efforts, but it is all in order to bestow.”

And if the body asks, “What benefit will you get out of this work?” meaning, “Who is it who receives this work, that I want to exert and toil?” Or it asks more simply: “For whom am I working so hard?”

The reply should be that I have faith in the sages who said that I should believe in abstract faith, above reason, that the Creator has so commanded us, to take upon ourselves faith, that He commanded us to keep Torah and Mitzvot. And we should also believe that the Creator derives pleasure when we keep the Torah and Mitzvot by way of faith above reason. And also, one should be glad at the Creator’s pleasure from one’s work.

Thus, there are four things here:

Believing in the sages, that what they said is true.

Believing that the Creator commanded to engage in Torah and Mitzvot only through faith above reason.

That there is joy when the creatures keep the Torah and Mitzvot on the basis of faith.

One should receive delight and pleasure and gladness from having been rewarded with pleasing the King. And the measure of the greatness and the importance of one’s work is measured by the measure of gladness that one educes during one’s work. And this depends on the measure of faith that a person believes in the above.

It follows that when you hear unto the voice of God, all the powers that he receives from the body are not considered receiving a loan from the body, which one should return, by way of, “if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord.” And if the body asks, “Why should I give you strength for the work when you promise me nothing in return?” he should answer, “Because this is what you were made for. What can I do if the Creator hates you, as it is written in the Holy Zohar, that the Creator hates the bodies.”

Moreover, when the Holy Zohar says that the Creator hates the bodies, this refers specifically to the bodies of the servants of the Creator, since they want to be eternal receivers, as they want to receive the crown of the next world, too.

And this is considered, “and thou shalt not lend.” This means that you do not have to give anything for the strength that the body gave you for the work. But if you lend it, if you give it any kind of pleasure, it is only as a loan, and it should give you strength for work in return, but not for free.

And it must always give you strength, meaning for free. You do not give it any pleasure and you always demand of it to have strength for the work, since “the borrower is servant to the lender.” Thus, it will always be the servant and you will be the master.”

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“If you leave me one day, I will leave you two” by Baal HaSulam

What is a Cult? And why the Kabbalah Centre and Bnei Baruch meet the definition of a ‘Cult’.

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WHAT IS A CULT? ACCORDING TO DR MARGARET T SINGER:

“A cult is a group started by an individual who claims that if you just give almost all or all of your decision-making over to him or her, they will share with you some old secrets of the past that they’ve discovered or they’ll share with you new secrets that they’ve just discovered. But it’s more a cultic relationship in which you the follower turn over your decision-making to this person and you surrender and obey in return for them sharing with you their supposed “secrets”.


THE KABBALAH CENTRE AND BNEI BARUCH CULTS:

The Kabbalah Centre is a cult because it tells its followers that they must restrict their desire to receive for themselves, and that they must give and share without wanting to receive for themselves, and to do it all for the Kabbalah Centre cult, because the Kabbalah Centre cult says that this is “the highest form of sharing”. And in return for this, the Kabbalah Centre says that the follower will receive “endless light and fulfilment.” The poor follower ends up giving all that they have – money, time, free unpaid labour – to the Kabbalah Centre cult until they have nothing left and/or are completely burned out.

Bnei Baruch is a cult because it tells its followers to ‘annul’ themselves, to annul their whole entire identity and ego before the omnipotent ‘Group’, to annul their ability and capacity to think for themselves, and surrender it all to the ‘Group’ and in return, within the ‘Group’ they will find God and endless peace on earth aka “Arvut” or “Mutual Guarantee” (what hippies would call, ‘peace love and mung beans’). The Group then dictates to the Bnei Baruch cult victim what they must do to conform to the will of The Group.

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The Kabbalah Centre and Bnei Baruch cults therefore meet Margaret Thaler Singer’s definition of cults perfectly, in particular the cultic relationship in which the follower turns over their decision-making to the cult leader and they surrender and obey in return for the cult and its leader sharing with the follower their supposed “secrets”.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH CULTS? BY DR MARGARET T SINGER:

“What’s wrong with cults is that they recruit deceptively. So that people when they join have no idea what the group is on occasion and most of all, people don’t realise what the bottom line is going to be, what joining the group is going to entail across time. And then what’s wrong with cults, meaning why society criticises cults is that the cult leader grows wealthier and more powerful, while trying to convey to the followers that he is helping them. But the main goal is to create more power and wealth for the cult and for the leader rather than for the benefit of the followers”.

THE KABBALAH CENTRE CULT AND BNEI BARUCH CULT:

The Kabbalah Centre cult and the Bnei Baruch cults lure followers by telling them that the key to achieving “Final Redemption” or “Final Correction”, salvation of the world, peace on earth, or Mutual Guarantee, in other words all of their lofty and exalted goals, is if each person overcame their desire to receive for themselves or their ego. The follower is not told of the cults’ double agenda, meaning that the follower is expected to give up their desires to receive, but the Kabbalah Centre cult and Bnei Baruch cult leaders don’t have to do such things, and fitting Dr. Margaret Singer’s assertion about what’s wrong with cults, they actually use the followers to “create more power and wealth for the cult and for the leader rather than for the benefit of the followers”.

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This is why you see the Bergs of the Kabbalah Centre cult living lavish lifestyles and holding multi-million dollar real estate portfolios and other extravagant assets (making a mockery of their teaching of giving up the desire to receive for themselves) and Michael Laitman of the Bnei Baruch cult revelling in the absolute power and authority and control that he wields over his cult victims who surrender all of their decision-making and desire to think for themselves to him and his closed ‘Group’. Bnei Baruch cult victims have been known to leave families and loved ones, even very young children and babies, and very sick children, because Bnei Baruch says that the Group is the only ‘integral family’.

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Such behaviour of the Kabbalah Centre and Bnei Baruch cults also perfectly aligns with the first condition in Dr Margaret Singer’s “Six Conditions for a Thought Reform Environment”

ONE: DECEPTION: Keeping the person unaware of the hidden agenda in order to control and change the person.

Dr Singer also warns that maintaining a closed system of logic and restricting criticism is one of the six conditions of a thought reform environment (SIX: DENIAL AND DEDICATION). Bnei Baruch cult leader Michael Laitman says in his blog, “The system that is built by us must be integral, CLOSED, and whole,” in an entry dated December 29, 2014.

The other conditions of a thought reform program according to Dr Singer are destabilization; dependency and dread; disconnection; and developing the cult pseudopersonality.

And so this is how the Kabbalah Centre and Bnei Baruch cults are able to conduct their thought reform or ‘brainwashing’ program on the cult victim, because they do so without the victim’s informed consent, through outright lies, deception, and hiding their secret, double agenda. The victim then willingly gives up their decision-making power to the cult and the cult leader, through this indoctrination program, in the mistaken belief that doing so will give them the outcomes that they seek. But this is quite far from the truth. The only thing that they end up actually doing is serving and building up the cult leader’s own wealth and power, and doing nothing at all for the benefit of their own selves. In other words, they’re told one thing when they joined the cult, but what actually transpires after they’ve joined the cult is completely different, only they’re not aware of it at all, they’re not made aware of it at all, and even if they sense that there’s something wrong, the cult’s thought reform program has already neutered their ability to question the cult’s ways.

If these cults were truly benevolent and righteous, or even at the very least just merely harmless or benign, the cult victim wouldn’t have to be brainwashed at all to do anything for the cult and its leaders, much less for the victims to give up their own power to make their own decisions for themselves. But because the cult has a hidden, self-serving, exploitative and abusive agenda, its true motives are kept hidden from the unsuspecting victim. The cult victim is none the wiser and in fact is the most ardent defender of the cult and its ways, not realising that the cult had already taken over their minds through its thought reform and brainwashing program, which has likely been perfected over many, many years.

It then becomes extremely difficult to get the cult victim to see how they’ve been conned and lied to, because these thought reform techniques are quite sophisticated and very subtle, and also very much tied in to the cult victims’ emotional and other very important needs and desires, and most likely were applied to the victim at a particularly vulnerable time in their life, when the cult posed itself as a saviour and answer to all of their life’s problems.

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Dr Margaret T Singer’s 6 conditions for thought reform