The heightened profile of the L.A.-based Kabbalah Centre popularizing previously secret Jewish mysticism came with a continued emphasis on soliciting donations, sometimes in ways some found offensive. Then the IRS stepped in.
Madonna, left holding a book, seen here in Tel Aviv, enrolled at the Los Angeles center in 1996 at Sandra Bernhard's suggestion. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, right, were married by a Kabbalah Centre teacher. (Kabbalah Centre / Associated Press)
By Harriet Ryan and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2011
Second of two parts
When Philip Berg decided in the early 1970s to teach kabbalah to the masses, he...