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More Bad News For Kabbalywood Inc.

More bad news for Kabbalah Centre Inc. as the IRS,  grand jury, and lawsuits pile-up.  Perhaps they need to just pour Kabbalah water on the tax files, and wrap the building in red string to ward off all the negative energy?

A former CFO told the NY Daily News, “I recently uncovered instances of income tax fraud . . . instances which could bankrupt several of the directors involved,” wrote former Chief Financial Officer Nicholas Vakkur in an August 2010 email obtained by the Los Angeles Times.”

My recent posts on the current troubles of the Centre having to do with Raising Malawi  have attracted attacks by rabid supporters who ascribe powers to leader Phillip Berg akin to the Baal Shem Tov, Moshe Chaim Luzatto, and Chaim Vital. The devotees conveniently ignore the investigative work done by journalists in Israel, England and the US that uncover many bogus claims made by the Center, the lives that have been ruined, marriages split up.

By claiming that Kaballah is the world’s leading source of truth and attracting mega-celebrity devotees, ironically, the Bergs have contributed to the popularity of Jewish mysticism more than any other family. They might also bring Jewish mysticism its greatest disgrace. Or that might be left up to Madonna herself.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Kabbalah Centre, a proponent of Jewish mysticism that attracted Madonna and other celebrities, said Friday that it will cooperate with a government tax investigation.

The nonprofit Los Angeles-based center and one of its charities, Spirituality for Kids, received government subpoenas concerning “tax-related issues,” the center said in a statement.

It will cooperate and intends to work closely with the Internal Revenue Service, the statement said.

A federal grand jury in New York also is investigating the center, according to subpoenas cited by the Los Angeles Times. Read the rest of this entry