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September 17, 2013 8:36 am

Founder of Kabbalah Centre, Philip Berg, Dies at 84

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Rabbi Berg at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles. Photo: Esther Juliana

L.A. Times – Rabbi Philip Berg, the founder of the Kabbalah Centre, which attracted celebrity followers and controversy with its New Age and financially lucrative presentation of ancient Jewish mysticism, has died.

The Los Angeles-based spiritual organization announced the death of Berg — known to followers as the Rav — on its website Monday. Berg had been in ill health since 2004 when he suffered a stroke. The center said he was 86; public records indicate he was 84.

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