Kabbalah is the advanced mystical teaching of the Jewish faith. It commonly was never taught until a man reached the age of forty. It was the next step after studying the Talmud and the Torah. It was believed to be suitable for mature and settled married men. The word Kabbalah is often translated as “tradition”.
Those who know little about the subject may regard Kabbalah as dark secrets or magic. Some synthesize it with the occult or New Age or even Christian beliefs. It originated as an integral part of Judaism designed to show the relationship between the all powerful Creator and the feeble creation. Traditional Jewish text does have stories of secret knowledge of certain rabbis and elders, but Kabbalah is more than that.
The Kabbalah Centre, an international non-profit 503(c) 3 agency is headquartered in Los Angeles California. There are fifty Centres worldwide and online teaching as well. It presents the teachings of the Kabbalah as developed by its founder and leader, Philip Berg, along with his wife, Karen Berg. The teachings include teachings on astrology and the Bible among other topics.
The Kabbalah Centre offers its teachings to students worldwide. The instructors and staff represent many ethnic backgrounds. Well known adherents include Madonna and Lindsay Lohan. Madonna has discontinued Friday concerts as part of being observant of Jewish tradition of the Sabbath. There have been a number of other participants from the entertainment world. One measure of their involvement would be how many of them practice the principle of tithing, giving one tenth of their income to the Centre.
The Kabbalah Centre’s approach to all religion is to start students with lessons that do not require them to know Jewish texts and history. According to the Kabbalah Centre the spiritual beliefs held throughout the world are branches of the universal wisdom of the Infinite. It regards itself as a supplement to all religions.
The Kabbalah Centre is the home to a new way of looking at an ancient school of thought. It offers training to disseminate the teaching about the Kabbalah as the leaders have come to understand it. Visit their website to learn more about their teachings.
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