For many centuries, students of Kabbalah have sought to achieve better connections with God and people. Today, practitioners of Kabbalah hope to encourage more people to take up the study of this ancient wisdom. A recent article in the French Tribune says that the more people study Kabbalah, the more connections become possible. At the same time, proponents stress that it is the depth and commitment of the student that is important.
Kabbalah is different from spiritual disciplines that teach followers to separate themselves from the world. To the contrary, Kabbalah calls for total immersion in this world. This is not a call to hedonism. This life is ultimately of no consequence. Kabbalah teaches that a person should seek to be the best person possible. We can do thi through our actions and thoughts. For instance, at work a person should try to contribute as much as he can to the overall team effort.
Kabbalah also teaches that we should embrace our desires. Self-destructive or overindulgent behavior is to be avoided. The point is that the pleasure we get from the things we enjoy can be a path to deeper connections to the universe.
The Kabbalah Centre International is based in Los Angeles, California. Since it was founded in 1984 by Phillip Berg, it has grown to include regional centers, online courses and study groups worldwide. Berg and his wife Karen head a multi-ethnic staff of instructors. The Centre is a non-profit organization that also engages in charitable activities like providing relief to the victims of Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.
The Bergs take a nontraditional approach to the teaching of Kabbalah. This ancient Jewish teaching was once thought to be too complex for the average person. It was reserved for older men. The Bergs developed a presentation method that opens up the secrets of Kabbalah to anyone who has the desire to learn.
The study of Kabbalah is growing in America and around the world. Since the first Kabbalah Centre was established in Israel in 1922, Kabbalah Centres have been started in over 40 cities worldwide. These Kabbalah Centres allow the ancient wisdom to be studied by anyone who is interested. In the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre, which was established in the 1980s, a surprising number of non-Jewish celebrities are attending on a regular basis.
Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sammy Davis are a few of the Kabbalah students from the last generation, but there are more of the younger stars attending the Centre today. Britney Spears, Madonna, Paris Hilton and Sarah Bernhard are all attending the L.A. Kabbalah Centre learning the principles of Kabbalah and benefiting.
Sarah Bernhard told the media that 80 percent of the chaos in her life is eliminated with Kabbalah. She goes to the Centre regularly, and she feels better. Paris Hilton says that it was the L.A. Kabbalah Centre that helped her cope with her break-up from her fiance.
The Kabbalah Centre online defines Kabbalah as the “ancient wisdom that provides practical tools for creating joy and lasting fulfillment.” Though it originated in the Jewish religion thousands of years ago, Kabbalah is not a religion. It is the principles of life that lead to making better decisions and finding the joy that is inside of every human. It is this simple belief that entices people, young and old, to find out more about this wisdom.
Chabad explains Kabbalah as the “soul of the Torah,” which will change your perspective of life and the world around you. The longer you study, the more you will see how the world works. Non-Jewish celebrities study Kabbalah and find the answers they need concerning their world and personal problems. The Kabbalah Centre also says that studying this ancient wisdom offers the student an overall plan of the universe, along with understanding more of the issues in our lives.”
Judaism goes back many thousands of years. For many centuries, Jews around the world have been working with ancient texts and seeking meaning from them. This process continues today at places over the world where Jews gather. One such place are the Kabbalah Centres. Here, Judaism and the ancient texts that help make Jews create a philosophy of their own are present, allowing for the exploration and understanding of such texts by Jews around the world. Those who are Jewish may have varied interpretations of their own Judaism, leading them to see the world of torah and other texts in different ways. Each Jewish person is welcome to study the world of kabbalah and see how it fits in with their own personal Jewish belief system. With their help, each Jewish person can also explore such texts further, allowing them a greater sense of connection with Judaism and their own religion as well as with other Jews all over the globe.
Becoming More Aware
When any Jew attends sessions at the Kabbalah Centre, they are learning more about their own religion. Judaism stresses that people want to have he opportunity to study and learn in a congenial setting. It also stresses that each person may learn at their own pace on their own time. This is also where studying with the Kabbalah Centre can prove ideal for any Jew anywhere. At the centre, each person has the chance to examine religious texts that have been influencing Jewish thought for centuries directly for themselves. They also get the chance to learn how such texts can directly offer them personal lessons about becoming a more moral person and a ultimately a better Jewish person. In doing so, all Jews have the chance to understand the wisdom of the ancient sages and see how it continues to influence Jewish thought at the present time. This allows all participants to work with someone who can guide them through such texts and offer a perspective that is both unique and highly informed at the same time. Thus study will benefit all concerned at the centre.