The Kabbalah Center’s Mission in Teaching the Zohar, Kabbalistic Teachings and Participating in Humanitarian Acts

Kabbalah Centre is an institution dedicated to teaching the Kabbalistic beliefs and the Zohar to believers and prospects around the world. The centre has regional locations in Los Angeles and California and offers courses to individuals internationally. The centre began operating in 1965 when it was launched in the US by Rav Phillip Beg as its leader and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein as its dean. The centre was originally known as The National Research Institute. Before the establishment of the centre in the United States, Brandwein served as the dean of Yeshivah Kol Yehuda, which is a parent centre of the Kabbalah Centre, located in Israel. After Brandwein’s passing on, Phillip Berg and his wife Karen Berg began the New York City Kabbalah Centre. Currently, the non- profit organization has more than fifty branches globally.

Karen and Micheal presently act as the spiritual leaders of the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre and provide followers with teachings in various topics. The centre provides its teachings with a focus in the exclusion of referencing Jewish and Hebrew texts. The Kabbalistic and Zohar beliefs educate believers on their relationship with religion, the Bible, the essence of God, the five common senses, the personal relationship with the metaphysical world, astrology, and sex. The Kabbalah Centre strongly believes that cosmic forces influences every individual’s life. Rav Berg wrote various books on astrology during his leadership period of the centre, with the aim of educating the Kabbalists on the importance of understanding the cosmic forces.

The Kabbalah Centre has attracted a high number of followers, including iconic figures such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Naomi Campbell. Madonna worked together with the centre in August 2006 to provide relief to citizens in Malawi on a project called Raising Malawi. Other charitable acts by the centre include the Sunrise Day Camp which sponsors children suffering from cancer to attend the sunrise day camp with their siblings every summer. In 2004, the centre provided the Kids Creating Peace foundation with funds to support their course. Jeremy Kraut, of the Habitat of Humanity, expressed his admiration and gratitude for the center’s act in building homes in Sri Lanka. He cited that the move was an example of what could happen if more people addressed the vital needs of society.

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