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The Kabbalah Center: Transformative & Philanthropic

The Kabbalah Center: Transformative & Philanthropic

The Kabbalah Centre is a firm that offers courses on the Zohar and Kabbalah teachings. Its headquarters is in Los Angeles, California. It also offers classes at its regional centers. The online course consists of video material and texts. Live teachings are shown from time to time. The Center has published some books on the teachings of Kabbalah in the Torah.The center was initially known as the National Research Institute of Kabbalah. It was founded in 1965. It was later re-established in New York City as the U.S Kabbalah Center. Philip and Karen Berg started it. Karen serves as a director and spiritual leader. There are currently more than 40 Kabbalah Centers. This is proof that the center is growing rapidly. Kabbalah centers are all over the world including Barcelona and Austria in Europe to Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia.

Kabbalah is not based on any religion. It is a universal way of life. One does not need to have knowledge of Hebrew to start taking the course even though it has its roots in Judaism. The teachings have transformed the lives of many all over the world including celebrities. Celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Ashton Kutcher, and Mick Jagger have been students at the center.The Kabbalah Center has been involved in some charitable initiatives in the past. They supported the Red Cross during Superstorm Sandy by providing funds and workforce to help those who had been affected by the disaster.

They played significant roles in relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, as well as the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. They are partners with Habitat for Humanity and Partners in Health who provide shelters and health care respectively to the less fortunate.The center offers scholarships to people who wish to go through the teachings, but they might not be able to do that because of finances. The scholarship fund has helped many to become students. It has made Kabbalah more accessible worldwide. The Center supports some charities including Spirituality for Kids, Kabbalah Children’s Academy, and Kids Creating Peace

Are the Jews the only Privileged People to Study Kabbalah?

Perhaps this question can be answered by considering another issue such as whether Yoda belongs to George Lukas only. He is the one who wrote the character and also brought the Star War trilogy into the concept. But that is not the origin of Yoda. It originated from other realms. However, it can be said that he channeled Yoda and the force from a pure and high source. The teachings of Yoda are found in some doctrines of the past such as Taoism and Samurai wisdom. Now it is easy to understand the above question about Kabbalah.

Let’s look at Kabbalah and Judaism. Jews drafted Kabbalah, and many of the scholars maintained its secrecy despite a lot of objection from the mainstream religion. Though Jews perpetrated the teachings, its origin is transcended to time, nationality and space. It has one root. Regarding spirituality, it does not discriminate people according to religion or their background. For instance, one cannot say that yoga is only for Indians or Christ is only for Christian and so Taoism is not only for Chinese. Taking mental note into the past, during the golden age there was the interaction between Christians, Muslims and the Jews. As a result of that interaction, they interchanged their ideas and cultures, and every group found something beneficial to derive from one another.

Look at how Science grew rapidly as well as philosophy. Soon these disciplines spread to every part of the world. It is an open society, and that is why people can now benefit from the spiritual truths without discrimination. A good example is Pico Della Mirandola who tried to interpret Kabbalah using Christian symbols although he had no much understanding about Kabbalah. There began a Christian Kabbalah called Cabala. During the renaissance in Europe many people tried to understand and interpret Kabbalah, but with little success, because to understand it, you should learn from the teachers who have the wisdom. In England for example, Francis Bacon studied and mastered Cabala and did everything to spread it across Europe. Look at the work of tenets of the Free Masons. They built their temples according to the Blue print of King Solomon of Jerusalem. Therefore, despite its origin, Kabbalah is universal, and everyone in the world can study it.