Kabbalah means “receiving” or “tradition” in Hebrew. It is a discipline and school of thought that originated from Judaism. The characterization can be different depending on the tradition and aims of those following it. Kabbalah Centre is a set of obscure teachings used to define the relationships between an invariable, endless and mysterious EinSof (infinity) and the worldly, predetermined universe (God’s creation).
While it is not a religious denomination all by itself, it is typically used by some other denominations. Kabbalah’s purpose is to define the nature of all creation and the person, the nature and principle of reality and other ontological questions. It provides approaches to aid in the understanding of these concepts to achieve spiritual consciousness.
It originated from within the realm of the Jewish tradition and practicing Kabbalists typically use Jewish foundations to explain its mysterious wisdoms. The teachings are held by Judaism followers to help define the inner meaning of the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic writings, and to define the importance of Jewish observances.
Kabbalah emerged in the 12th to 13th centuries, in Southern France and Spain. It became reinterpreted in the Jewish mystical renaissance of 16th century. It was popularized as Hasidic Judaism from the 18th century on upward. The 20th century brought must interest in Kabbalah, inspiring cross-denominational Jewish renewal and backing a wider contemporary spirituality, even in non-Jewish people.
The Kabbalah Centre, in Los Angeles, is a non-profit organization that provides courses on Kabbalistic teachings, both online and through its city-based locations. It was developed by Philip Berg and his wife, Karen. The Centre has a multi-ethnic, international staff of teachers that offer guidance to a global community.
Some have seen The Kabbalah Centre as a distortion of the ancient and mystic traditions, as traditional Kabbalah is thought to be so complex that it can only be taught to devout students older than 40.
The Centre was founded in 1965 and the Los Angeles location was opened in 1984. This organization has over 50 branches worldwide, including large ones in New York City, London and Toronto. The Kabbalah Centre’s method of teaching is starting students with Kabbalah teachings that do not make prior knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish texts necessary.