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.
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.
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.