kabbalah center and Bnei Baruch
Date: May 03, 2007 12:43PM
I could tell you that all the information I will write to you is verifiable, though it isn't that easy, since you would have to be able to understand Hebrew, for example. Nonetheless, here are a few ideas.
1. You write: "A course in real Kabbalah teaches you to become a Kabbalist. ". What Kabbala actually states in many many texts is: anyone attempting to become a Kabbalist cannot become one. That cannot be an objective. So if someone offers to teach you how to become a Kabbalist, and has knowledge of what I just wrote (as Laitman surely does), this person is lying to you.really.
2. You write "this means their teachings, when followed properly, take you to spirituality, i.e. you cross the barrier, or as BB call it, the 'Machsom'. Other Kabbalistic schools call this ‘The Doorway’ – when you make the transition from Sefirot Malchut to Sefirot Yesod. "
I'm sorry to break it to you so bluntly, but that is a bunch of crap, really. There is nothing written in Kabbalah books that in any way resembles such an idea. The "Machsom" concept is one of the bigger inventions of BB, it does not exist. We have attacked them with that one for years, since this is written literally nowhere. What you wrote about the Sefiroth, it's laughable. It shows anyone with serious Kabbalah knowledge that you have been tricked into something I do not even know what to call. Please do not take this personally, I am sad to think how much time and dedication went into studying these things. Hopefully you can find bright spots in what you were taught and move on.
3. No, BB is not out there for the money. Yet it does obligate the followers of its inner circles, that by the way exist outside Israel as well, to give at least 10% of their salaries/gains to BB. This is a rule for those who want to be in the inner circle. Also, BB relys mainly on money received from their followers for which there is no accountability. So, although the objective is not to gain individual wealth, the financial aspect is still far from being transparent. As it should definetely be.
4. You wrote "he (Laitman) said that all Kabbalists were Zionists". This is ridiculous in many senses. First, Zionism is a relatively modern concept, and since most Kabbalah books are dated hundreds of years back, how could one even make that statement?
2nd, Zionist is a concept rejected overwhelmingly by Orthodox Jews, and since, up to now, Kabbalists have come only from them, how could they possibly be Zionists. That is a lie used to lure Zionists, and talking about money, get funds from pro Israeli Jews.
5. You ask: "What is their real purpose that they are lying about?"
That is a tough one. Let me try my best:
With his teacher, Laitman learned that kabbalah is ment only for Orthodox, or at least Jewish-law abiding, married men. Laitman wanted very much to spread Kabbalah to everyone, but his teacher prohibited this very strongly and very clearly throughout the years.
Eventually the teacher passed away, and Laitman went ahead and started doing everything his teacher told him not to do.
Small problem: 1st,he was saying the opposite: "my teacher wanted to spread Kabbalah worldwide. I am faithful to my teacher, he is my mentor."
2nd, spreading Kabbalah would mean spreading the fact, among others, that kabbalah is ment for Married Jewish men.
SO, since the writtings of Kabbalah are completly related to Judaism, Jewish law, way of life, studies etc., that did not bode well with spreading it around, not even to secular (non-religious) Jews. The only option left?
Making whatever changes necessary to "adapt" Kabbalah to it being spread.
Now imagine doctors modifying the laws of medicine so that more people can learn it. Does that make any sense? Then everybody could be a doctor... That is plain silly.
Well the inner circle, which is actually formed by people that strictly follow Jewish law most of the time (which is absurd in its own special way), know that. They know that eventually they have to come up to each follower and tell him: look, the truth is, you have to be an orthodox Jew. We didn't tell it to you, because you were not prepared. But the fact is, unless you become an Orthodox Jew there is no way you are getting anything out of Kabbalah.
So is BB's purpose to spread Kabbalah? Absolutely.
Are they then spreading Kabbalah? Heck, no! If they would do that, almost no one would hook up to it! It's a very restricting, very demanding way of life.
Therefore, they spread a who-knows-what mambo-jambo mess of ideas taken from every religion I know, mixing it with lame scientific concepts, Kababalah nomeaclature and excellent PR tactics.
Since they have to lure the person while lying and keep lying to him until they are convinced he will accept the rigors of "real Kabbalah"' they ended up developing cult tactics, and like any other thing that is done through lying, it all got out of hands, so that there are all sorts of people with different goals running the show.