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.