The Kabbalah Centre Gives Traditional Teachings a Modern Makeover

The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization that provides education of Kabbalistic teachings and of the Zohar through their city-based centers, worldwide groups, and online. The Kabbalah Centre has an international staff that is multi-ethnic and offer leadership to their international community.

Conventionally, Rabbis didn’t believe that just anybody could learn the wisdom of Kabbalah. It was believed that Kabbalah’s mysteries were too complex to be taught to anyone but the most devout of students. While some may see the Kabbalah Centre as a perversion of Kabbalah’s mystic traditions, others view it as a method in which Kabbalah’s teachings can be experienced by all.

The Kabbalah Centre was originally founded in 1965 by Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein. After Brandwein died, Philip and his wife Karen re-established the Centre in New York City. In 1984, the Kabbalah Centre of Los Angeles was opened. Now, the Kabbalah Centre has over 50 worldwide branches, in major cities like London, Toronto, New York City, and Los Angeles.

The organization begins teaching its students as if they had no prior knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish texts. This approach is unheard of, as traditional Kabbalah methods dictated a student’s knowledge of these texts a prerequisite. The Kabbalah Centre does not present itself to the world as a religious alternative, but only a supplement to the already existing religions in the world.

The Kabbalah Centre believes that students of Kabbalah should only be concerned with the essence of God, not God himself. God is believed to be beyond comprehension and therefore a relationship with him is not possible. One must try to be as close to him as possible.

The Centre also teaches Klippot, a Kabbalistic concept. This concept is the idea that every person has a connection to the spiritual world, but is blocked by Klippot. Klippot restricts the spiritual energy from entering the body. Through Kabbalistic teachings, it is believed that one can remove Klippot.

The Kabbalah Centre holds celebrity followers like Madonna, who no longer gives concerts on Friday nights because of Shabbat, Britney Spears, Elizabeth Taylor, Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore, Roseanne Barr, and Alex Rodriguez.

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