For years I refused to read this article. I was told throughout my childhood that the article was full of lies and that the journalist Joseph Berger was just an opportunist. It turns out that what was published was indeed true. If it was truly full of lies, why wouldn’t they have sued the newspaper?
I confronted my parents and many others within the cult about the events described in the article and they confirmed that these things happened:
- Jack Hickman, the self-proclaimed Abba, had full-blown sexual relationships with two young men who he seduced when they were teenagers. They are named and at least one was quoted in the article.
- Jack Hickman had many young men from the cult participate in ritualized, mutual masturbation sessions that were referred to as “the passing of the seed.”
- Jack Hickman ordered ritualistic beatings of at least several men.
- Jack Hickman lived an extravagant lifestyle by using cult members “tithe” money (each member was and still is required to give the cult 10% of their earnings).
- Jack Hickman claimed to be a secret Jew, yet his own family denied that they were Jewish in any way. Jack’s family told many people that Jack was not mentally well.
- Aryeh Kaplan, one of the most respected Jewish scholars and translator of many texts on the Kabbalah, stated flatly that Jack knew nothing about Jewish law or the Kabbalah.