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The Increasing Popularity of Kabbalism

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Deep inside the Jewish religious practice is an inner wisdom, commonly referred to as Kabbalah or the soul of Judaism. A branch of Jewish mystical teachings, Kabbalah is mainly based on cryptic interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures. The practice is believed to have originated in the 13th century and reached the peak of its influence in the later middle ages.Part of Kabbalistic teachings are written in Zohar, a collection Torah commentaries penned to provide guidance to people who have attained exceptional spiritual degrees. Generally, Kabbalistic teachings, especially by oculists and mystics are considerably distorted making Kabbalah a vilely misunderstood practice today.

The Kabbalah center

Established by Rabbi Philip Berg and Karen Berg (his wife) in 1984, Kabbalah center is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize the Kabbalah practice among Jews and non-Jews. The center is located in Los Angeles, California and offers Kabbalistic teachings and guidance to its followers around the globe.Previously, the traditional Rabbis believed that Kabbalah teachings were only meant for devout followers—mostly males aged 40 years and above—due to the presumed complex nature of the practice. However, Kabbalah Center has changed this notion: the center offers teachings to anybody who is interested in the practice and uses an open approach that does not even require knowledge of Jewish and Hebrew texts as a prerequisite for Kabbalistic teachings mastery. The center puts a lot of emphasis on volunteering as it is the main foundation upon which it’s founded.

Celebrity Followers

A number of celebrities have been associated with Kabbalism. Madonna, Heather McComb, Ariana Grande, Ashton Kutcher, and Elizabeth Taylor are all ardent followers of Kabbalism. Other celebrities who are alleged to have been at some point associated with Kabbalah center include Alex Rodriguez, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Antony Kiedis, Kyle Richards, Roseanne Barr, and Jerry Hall among others.

Bottom Line

The popularity of Kabbalism continues to grow and has lately caught the attention of various scholars, including the likes of Judy Myers, who’s currently writing about the practice in a bid to demystify some of the myths associated with it. Although the practice is still quite controversial, it is increasingly becoming so widespread around the globe.

The Inspiational Kabbalah Centre

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The Kabbalah Centre opened in Los Angeles, California in 1984, and is a non-profit organization with over fifty worldwide branches including New York City, Toronto, and London.

 

The Centre provides schooling online on Kabbalistic and Zohar teachings as well as through its city-based and regional centres and worldwide study groups. Philip Berg is the director and developer of the Centre and he works alongside his wife, Karen Berg. The Kabbalah Centre is made up of international, multi-ethnic staff who teach the Kabbalistic way and offer helpful guidance to students worldwide.

 

Rabbis traditionally believed that the teachings of the Kabbalah were too complex and too easily misunderstood to be taught to anyone other than mostly male, devout students who were over the age of forty.

 

The Kabbalah Centre supports the belief that all spiritual beliefs are merely branches of a universal wisdom and resemble the teachings of Kabbalah. The Kabbalah Centre has a strong association with astrology which is a part of Judaism and was studied by Jewish scholars during the Middle Ages. Kabbalah teachings also hold true to the belief that a person should be aware of their relationship with God above all else. In Kabbalah teachings, Light is considered to be the actual essence of God.

 

The Kabbalah Centre supports the idea that everyone has a connection to the spiritual world of light, as taught by the ancient concept of Klippot, but that it is actually blocked by Klippot, which is a restricting spiritual energy, from entering one’s physical being. It is believed that through vigorous study, one can remove the violence and negative behavior of Klippot.

 

Some Biblical passages are even thought to be codes to life as well as universal laws which Kabbalists and the Zohar have unraveled throughout history. The Kabbalah Centre has created a series of what is known as the Books of the Bible containing Kabbalistic excerpts to compliment the Torah’s weekly portion.

 

There is even a celebrity following by the rich and famous such as Madonna, who regularly studies with a Kabbalah Centre Rabbi, Mick Jagger, Ashton Kutcher, Ariana Grande, and Donna Karan.

More learn: Kabbalah Website