The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization started by Rav Yehuda Ashlag in 1922. The United States-based location opened in 1965 as The National Research Institute of Kabbalah. It was created by husband and wife Phillip and Karen Berg. The purpose of the foundation is to spread an understanding of Kabbalah teachings to people around the world. Prior to the creation of the Kabbalah Centre it was common for Kabbalah education to be restricted only to men over the age of 40 with an understanding of Jewish Law. The Kabbalah Centre allows anyone to take part in their educational programs and have teachers from around the world and from many ethnic backgrounds.
The Kabbalah Centre is not designed to act as a stand-alone religion. It is meant to be a supplemental educational experience to help participants discover how to live a better life and improve their world. The program offers traditional Kabbalah principles in a simplified way to make them easier for the average person to understand and adopt. There are five basic principles that include; sharing, ego awareness, understanding spiritual laws, the human connection and how discomfort brings positive results.
Classes are held online and at local Kabbalah Centres. The U.S. Kabbalah Centre has made available book and audio educational materials as well as online lectures that expand on the courses. Some courses in the Kabbalah University program require a paid membership, but much of the material is accessible for free. All students have access 24 hours a day to teachers who can mentor them as they learn and grow. The Centres and the online programs also encourage students to interact with others involved in the teachings to help create and strengthen the Kabbalah community. They sponsor events that bring the community together. Spiritual retreats, lectures and dinners are common events. International events are designed to provide an opportunity for followers around the world to meet.
The Kabbalah Centre Zohar Project has the mission of making everyone in the world aware of the wisdom of the Zohar, an important text to the teachings of the Jewish Kabbalah. The Zohar acts as a companion book to the Torah and discusses the nature of God and the universe. It is believed that awareness of the teachings in this book is vital to stopping the pain and suffering people experience around the world. The members of the Kabbalah Centre deliver copies of the Zohar to areas in need around the world. This includes places affected by war, famine or disease. Copies are also available for free to members of the Kabbalah Centre.
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