Sunday, November 13, 2011

Katot - Cults


Believe it or not, there are plenty of cults (sects) existing in Israel. "KATOT" is the Hebrew word for CULTS and HERE is the Israeli website for "Nifgae'i Katot - People who used to be cult members". Unfortunately, the site is only in Hebrew but shows, in addition to other cults, also many religious cults. Christians as well as Jews. Among others, Daniel Ambash from the Breslover Na Nach Nachman movement also appears.

The "Edah HaCharedit" strongly opposes the so - called "Taliban Women". A group of extreme women, mainly of Sephardi origin and Breslover Ba'alot Teshuva.

I am curious why people join cults. Especially religious Jews who should follow G - d and the Torah instead of religious leaders whose only goal is to gain power over others and thus use people for their own purposes. How can you call yourself religious when you gather a group of people with a weak personality around you ? It basically shows that the cult leader has a serious problem with himself and lifts up his self - esteem while stepping on others who are even weaker than him. 

It is also an amazing how certain cult members stick to their leader. I can see that in the Ambash case and one of his "wives" and his son Natan. It is just like an abused child who still wants to return to its parents or an abused wife going back to her abusive husband and telling herself that he may change.


  1. B"H

    Whilst I do wear a shawl like many women within my community I do not dress as these women do.

    I am also quite uncomfortable with these women being referred to as "Taliban women". Such a phrase within its context is referred to and associated by many when it comes to mind as something to do with terrorism.

  2. B"H

    I think that the outside appearance of those women have caused the name "Taliban Women". The first being called by that name was the mother who abused her children and is now in jail.