Kabbalah is regarded as one of the oldest collections of spiritual wisdom in the world. Emerging from Abraham’s teachings, it is part of Jewish tradition. Originally, Kabbalah was passed from student to teacher orally. Over time, it came to be written down.
In addition to its importance in Judaism, Kabbalah has been studied by Christians, New Age practitioners, and people interested in the occult. Kabbalah examines the relationship between the finite and the infinite. It is a highly obscure and esoteric discipline.
Historically, the study of Kabbalah was very restricted. Only very studious people, mostly men over 40, were encouraged to pursue it. However, in recent years the Kabbalah Centre has worked to expand the number of people who study it.
Founded in 1922 by Rav Yehuda Ashlag, the Kabbalah Centre currently operates in 50 cities around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Kabbalah Centre International is a highly respected and well known non-profit organization. Kabbalah Centre International is known for its focus on education. The organization leads study groups worldwide.
The method of teaching currently used by Kabbalah Centre International was devised by Philip and Karen Berg. They are a married couple. The Los Angeles headquarters were opened in 1984. There are also branches in New York, Toronto, and London. In recent years, several celebrities have become involved with Kabbalah Centre, including Slash of Guns ‘N Roses and Madonna.
Kabbalah Centre International is very accessible. With a thorough website, and a presence on social media, the organization is easy for people to find. The basics of Kabbalah, including teachers from the past and present, are listed there. For a tradition once defined by extreme secrecy, this level of transparency represents a big change.
Although the focus is on religious education, this organization is not limited to study groups. Kabbalah Centre Charitable Causes, or KCCC, works to provide aid to people in need. This can be in the form of goods, services, or spiritual support. In the past, KCCC has worked in partnership with organizations such as the Red Cross to provide relief after disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake, and Superstorm Sandy.
These organizations seek to help children make better decisions, resolve conflicts peacefully, and to develop feelings of self esteem. Visit the Kabbalah Centre on their website to learn more.