Sunday, October 30, 2005

One of Madonna's Gurus Gets Busted

File under: Satscams, Gurus to the Stars, Gurus Clockin' Dollars and Gurus Doin' Time

Shaul Youdkevitch, head of the Rabbis Bergs' Kabbalah Centre in Israel, and the man who hosted Madonna's much touted visit there last year, has been arrested for extorting close to $50,000 from a woman suffering cancer. You'd think 50 Gs would result in a cure. Think again:
Police claim Mr Youdkevitch and rabbis running the Israel Kabbala Centre persuaded Leah Zonis and her husband, Boris, to make what they called "a significant and painful donation" if she wanted to recover. They were also alleged to have sold her bottles of "holy water" at inflated prices under the Kabbala label.

Mr Zonis's lawyer, Haim Cohen, told Haaretz newspaper: "The woman's condition continued to deteriorate and instead of telling the truth, that these were empty promises, they took more money and cheated with medication that is just a bottle of water."
Not just any water, but Kabbalah water! It must have lost it potency by means of some scoundrel's evil eye. The bastard!

The news will take some shine off of Madonna's triumphant recent visit to NYC, where her new album and Kabbalah-inspired documentary were surprisingly well received, despite the fact that they're both full of culty propaganda.

Could this arrest be a sign that the Bergs' red-string power continues to be on the wane? It's going to take a lot more more than some record sales to offset the fact that a major Kaballah Centre player has been busted for satscamming—in the birthplace of the ideology and for plain, old simple quackery at that.

3 Comments:

At 11/02/2005 9:56 AM, Blogger Bhakti said...

I wonder if many of Berg's Kabbalah followers know that he's created his own brand of Kabbalah, and his brand isn't well received (correct me if I'm wrong) in the traditional Kabbalah community.

It is a shame when people put all of their trust into these people and then get ripped off.

Not only is the cancer patient the victim here, but I think the traditional Kabbalah sect is also getting a bum rap for Berg's brand of God-realization.

I don't know...but I'm glad that you brought this to light. Perhaps it will stop people from jumping on the spiritual band wagon of the month.

 
At 11/08/2005 1:11 PM, Blogger BaconEating AtheistJew said...

Religion is such a scam. It is embarrassing that even intelligent people buy into this crap.

 
At 11/08/2005 1:31 PM, Blogger jody said...

I'd say that religion can be (and often is) used as a scam. There is truth in its precepts, but that often gets excised in their employment as a means to flim flam.

 

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