Philip Berg was the chief dean of Kabbalah Center International, a not-for-profit organization that spread the teaching of Kabbalah throughout the world. He was among the key figures of the organization since 1956 enabling it to grow in size and reputation.
Rabbi Berg’s funeral was held in Safed, Israel. His burial brought together more than 5000 people dressed in white who came to give final respect to the rabbi. Berg died from a stroke that has been affecting his well-being since it first struck him in 2004. His age according to the medical records 84 years but the Kabbalah Center stated that he was 86 years old at the time of his death.
Berg expanded the traditional view of the Kabbalah Center on who could receive the Kabbalah teachings and their philosophy. While he believed that only a few selected scholars should receive the teaching, he maintained that the few should utilize the knowledge instilled in them to share the wealth of wisdom with all humanity.
Rabbi Berg had gained popularity over the years and influenced many people to adopt the Kabbalah teachings. The charismatic teachings of the center attracted many people to the Kabbalah teachings including renowned celebrities such as Madonna and Britney Spears.
Phillip Berg’s influence had a wide reach that saw a Hollywood couple, Ashton Kutcher and Mia Kunis, leave their busy schedule for September 18th to travel to Israel to offer their last respect to the rabbi. They were also accompanied by a renowned designer, Donna Karan.
Rabbi Berg was married to Karen who helped him in developing and running the Kabbalah Center. Together they had two sons, Yehuda and Michael. The two sons will continue with the leadership of the organization. With centers throughout the world, Yehuda and Michael have a lot of work ahead trying to fill the shoes of their late father.
The Kabbalah Center was founded to facilitate and spread the teaching of the values of Kabbalah. It succeeded in its cause and spread to reach many parts of the world. It established centers throughout Europe, South America, and North America.
The center enjoys the services of different international teachers that come from different cultural backgrounds who can relate to different people from various parts of the world.