In his backyard, ensconced in a cozy black leather armchair, Rabbi Philip Berg, 68, is presiding over a hushed celebration of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkoth. As the garden party proceeds, he remembers when he saw the Light. "When you meet your master, it takes but a minute," says Berg, referring to the late, hallowed Kabbalist Yehudah Brandwein. "The Light simply turned on." The enlightenment was passed on by marriage as well: Brandwein's niece became Berg's first wife. Since Berg met Brandwein in 1962, the Brooklyn-born leader of the Kabbalah Learning Center has pursued a single mission: the dissemination of...

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