Kabbalah is one of the oldest spiritualities in the world. Kabbalah is not a religion, but it originated when the Jewish population was formed along the Jordan River. There were over three million people who made the trek from Egypt to the area of Israel today. This area was only populated sparsely, but the spirituality of Kabbalah existed.The principles of Kabbalah is the ancient wisdom. From that time forward, the wisdom was studied only between priests and other spiritual leaders and was passed down from generation to generation.Today, documents have been found and translated into many languages, so the principles can be studied. The students learn to solve the problems in their lives. This practice gained more attention by 1300 AD, but the spirituality was still not available for the average person.
Kabbalah Centres are Open For All Who Are Interested
Throughout history, the study of Kabbalah was confined to small groups of religious men, mostly Jewish rabbis, and other “holy men.” But in 1922, everything changed. RavAshtag, an elder in Kabbalah, founded the first Kabbalah Centre in Jerusalem, Israel.The opening of a Kabbalah Centre was epic because he opened the study of Kabbalah to anyone who was interested. Ashtag trained other instructors and elders in the spirituality, and in the 1950s, Rav and Karen Berg came to the Centre to study.The Bergs stayed for 10 years, and in 1965, they moved back to the U.S. and founded a Centre in NYC. It was the first in the U.S., and they began to translate ancient documents into English and other languages, so they could be studied.
Kabbalahists believe that joy is in every human being, but it needs to be revealed. Instructors teach students the principles of Kaballah so that the student is able to make better choices in their own lives.By 2016, there were five cities in the U.S. with Kabbalah Centres and 40 cities worldwide. The Centres hold classes for students, offers books and products for sale and holds events so the students can have fellowship. The Bergs teach volunteering in the community as an act of acquiring the giving spirit as well as helping the people in need. Karen Berg emphasizes this activity.The wisdom of Kabbalah is made available in the Kabbalah Centres, and the Centre in Los Angeles is the home for Kabbalah University, which is online.
Kabbalah is the oldest spiritual wisdom on earth and dates back to the creation of mankind. Kabbalah focuses on the secrets of the universe, connecting them to the mysteries of the human heart and soul. For centuries, the study of Kabbalah was passed down through the generations by word of mouth among the priests and religious leaders of the Jewish people. With the founding of Kabbalah Centres, this practical spirituality can be studied by anyone who is interested.Kabbalah Centres made their first appearance in 1922 when Rav Yehuda Ashlag, an elder of Kabbalah, founded the first Kabbalah Centre in Jerusalem, Israel. The establishment of this Centre was monumental in Kabbalahism because it opened up the study to all. Students came from all around the world to study under RavAshlag and the other elders, and Kabbalah started to grow.
The Bergs Open America to Kabbalah with Kabbalah Centres
Some of the early students from the U.S. were Rav and Karen Berg. They began their journey in the 1950s, studying documents with the elders and discovering the hidden keys that unlock the wisdom of the universe. They studied there for over a decade, and then returned to America and founded the New York City Centre where they translated ancient documents and taught the principles of Kabbalah.
Within several years, they established a Centre in San Francisco and another one in Los Angeles. Today, there are Kabbalah Centres in 40 cities across the globe with an intense network on the Internet. The Bergs were very instrumental in opening up the study of Kabbalah, and the Kabbalah Centres are now central meeting places for the students. Classes are held daily, there are fellowship dinners and volunteering events within the community. Karen Berg believes that volunteering develops a giving spirit that is at the core of Kabbalahism.Kabbalah is a practical study, which teaches the spiritual keys that allow the student to make better decisions in their life. Kabbalahism also believes that joy is at the center of every human being, and the studies activate it for the student.
There has been a big following after Madonna took an interest to Jewish mysticism. Hollywood stars such as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and the late Sammy Davis expressed an interest in the Jewish Kabbalah, even though they were not born Jewish. So what is the reason these celebrities have, to take an interest in this ancient religion? Some of them have found that Kabbalah has helped them to get through hard times. Others, like Sammy Davis, just wanted to become a part of this 5,000 year-old history and to be a part of something that wasn’t just materialistic.
In 1976, the Late Elizabeth Tailor even offered herself in exchange for the 100 Israelis held hostage at the Entebbe Airport. Kabballah influenced her strongly.According to Madonna, a main precept of Kabbalah is that we are on the earth to help others, and that it is our job to find out how and what we can do. For Madonna, it was spreading the word about Kabbalah.
Traditionally, Jews over the age of 40 have been the only students of Kabballah, but according to the late Rabbi Philip Berg, simplifying Kabballah and making it more relevant to the aspects of the modern world has made the struggles that biblical characters had to face, much more accessible.Kabbalah is an ancient wisdom that unveils how life and the universe work. The word “Kabbalah” means “to receive.” Kabbalah is the study of how to receive fulfillment in our lives.
Kabballah is a very ancient paradigm for living and it teaches that all the branches of our lives stem from the same trunk and the same root. It’s really a different way of looking at the world on the journey to find self fulfillment in a world full of technology and distractions, stress, and uncertainty.