Kabbala for the Masses, or Money for Magic?

Philip Berg, who died last week, retooled kabbala as a superstitious self-help movement - but his commercial success and celebrity following hardly enhanced the reputation of Jewish mysticism.

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Some two hundred years ago, just as Jewish emancipation was moving into high gear, Judaic scholars developed a new concept called “mainstream Judaism.” (Classical Hebrew has no way to express such a notion.)...