With crime multiplying in the United States and around the world, many people are searching for spiritual answers to their everyday lives. Kabbalah is ancient wisdom that teaches its principles to help the student. Kabbalah was formed before the Jewish nation of Israel was formed in the land the God had given them. Much of the Kabbalah tradition originated during this time in history.
Kabbalists believe that there is joy inside each person, and instructors teach on the ancient concepts of how to attain the joy and happiness in everyday life. This wisdom is not actually studied like most disciplines, but rather the basic principles are taught so that each individual person can discover their own unique answers.
Kabbalah Centres are Established
In the recent history of Kabbalah, centers have been established around the world. Up until the 20th century, Kabbalah was only studied by the upper-class priests and passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth.
Today, with Kabbalah Centres, anyone interested can meet for instruction and to purchase materials. In 1922, the first Kabbalah Centre was established in Israel by Rav Ashtag. For over a decade, the elder Kaballahists translated ancient documents into Hebrew and studied in classes, before Rav and Karen Berg began studying under Rav Ashtag. They studied for over a decade, and in the 1960s, they moved back to the U.S. and established the first American Kabbalah Centre in NYC.
During the next decade, the Bergs translated ancient documents in many languages and instructed students. Soon, they founded a Centre in San Francisco and one in Los Angeles, and as of 2016, there are Kabbalah Centers in five American cities and Kabbalah Centres in 40 cities worldwide. With the Internet, the Bergs founded the Kabbalah University, which is streamed daily from the L.A. Centre.
If you live in close proximity to a Kabbalah Centre, you’ll find much more taking place than simply translations and instruction. The Centres today typically hold classes at regular times for the students, and they have dinners every month so members can have times of fellowship.
Karen Berg believes strongly in the power of volunteerism, so the Centres often volunteer their time and talent in the community they are in. Karen believes that the sense of giving is essential for a student to fully understand Kabbalahism.