Literally translated from Hebrew, the word “Kabbalah” means “receiving” and that is precisely the elementary essence surrounding this ancient and esoteric tradition of Judaism. Through a divine and age-old process of discipline, logic, and mystical interpretation, those who practice Kabbalah are able to receive spiritual fulfillment. Serving as an instruction manual of sorts, this spiritual fulfillment allows practitioners to further bridge the gap between the finite universe, and the infinite. Likewise, they are able to better understand their own purpose and ontology.
Kabbalah rises from the teachings of The Book of Formation, which was written over 5,000 years ago. But several thousand years later, the main section of Kabbalah’s teachings, The Zohar, was revealed by the Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. The Zohar acts as a decoder to scripture, helping to decipher the text by explaining the notion that not all religious stories are meant to be interpreted on a literal level, but rather, on a metaphorical and allegorical level for how the spiritual universe functions. For centuries however, its highly-regarded disciplines and principles were strictly limited to a very narrow audience. Only scholarly, married Jewish men over the age of 40 were granted access to its guidance.
This limitation existed until 1969 when Rav Phillip Berg became Director of the Kabbalah Centre. He and his wife Karen believed that everyone was merely on an individual, spiritual path to reconciliation with the Light. As such, they made the sacred texts available to everyone, without regard to their race, gender, or religious beliefs.
Since then, the Kabbalah Centre has grown from its small organization-like institution in Israel to an international endeavor that spans over 40 physical locations and 100 study groups. Its outreach branches to more than four million students and enlists over 300 teachers worldwide. The practice and its inclusiveness has come quite a long way from its days of exclusiveness.
The non-profit Kabbalah Centre works to translate and publish kabbalistic texts and administer its teachings via books, courses, online classes, and audio products. The wisdom and insight from even the most difficult and challenging of kabbalistic scriptures, is made simple and straightforward through publications separated by beginner and intermediate levels. These works are available in more than 30 languages to ensure maximum access and embodiment.
The beautiful thing about Kabbalah is that everyone is able to receive it. Kabbalah isn’t restricted by religious barriers, nor is defined by them, and so it is too with the Light. The effort of Kabbalah and the Kabbalah Centre is striving to ensure that all individuals are able to not only better themselves, but the world, through these sacred and insightful teachings.
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