Limmud pulls Kabbalah Centre sessions

Leader of the Kabbalah Centre in London, Marcus Weston

Leader of the Kabbalah Centre in London, Marcus Weston

Limmud has withdrawn sessions led by the leader of London’s controversial Kabbalah Centre from its programme, after rabbis voiced disquiet over his involvement.

In a statement released on Thursday morning, executive director Shelley Marsh said: “Machloket l’shem shemayim (arguments for the sake of Heaven) is a core Limmud principle.

"As a result of the deep discomfort that Marcus Weston’s sessions have created, Limmud is withdrawing them from the programme.

"Limmud will continue to create a space for debate and promote discussion on issues which are of interest to the international Jewish community.”

Rabbi Barry Marcus, who is a longstanding critic of the Kabbalah Centre, said: "Limmud have done the correct thing and I applaud them for that. They have behaved responsibly in not giving the Kabbalah Centre a platform, otherwise they would have had to consider giving a platform to other cults".

Rabbi Marcus had voiced his concerns about the Kabbalah Centre with Limmud chairman Kevin Sefton yesterday.

Last updated: 1:01pm, December 12 2013