While alive, the Kabbalists of history were defamed, defiled and dishonored by both the rabbinical and academic establishments. Upon their death they were suddenly hailed as the giants of their age; spiritual and religious authorities whose greatness knew no boundaries.
This has been the deplorable pattern throughout history. Not because the Kabbalists sought credibility or acclaim. Hardly. On the contrary, the path of Kabbalah is designed to eradicate the ego. So the Kabbalists welcomed the persecution. The problem was that the opponents of Kabbalah prevented the people from acquiring the wisdom and, in turn, the answers and solutions to the questions and problems that have plagued the world for millennia. By discrediting the Kabbalists, thus duping the media, a begrudging few prevented the people from acquiring the power of a wisdom that guaranteed to resolve the conflicts between the different faiths and between religion and science.
Once again, it happens in our period.
Professor Kenneth Hanson, of the University of Central Florida, responds to the recent controversy surrounding the defamation campaign waged against the Kabbalah Centre and Kabbalists Rav Berg and Karen Berg.