Kabbalah is the oldest spiritual belief on Earth, so for that reason, is it not a religion. It is a spiritual wisdom that uses spiritual principles to develop the joy that is in every person. Until the 1900s, Kabbalah was studied only in small groups or as a personal quest, but in 1922, Rav Yehuda Ashlag founded the first Kabbalah Centre in Israel. Kabbalah identifies with the traditional Jewish faith but is not a part of the Jewish religion.
The Kabbalah Centre provides a place for followers to meet and study this spiritual wisdom. Instructors were raised up under Rav Ashlag and eventually they formed Centres countries.
Rav and Karen Berg were two students from the U.S. who studied in the first Kabbalah Centre and opened a Centre in NYC. They translated ancient Kabbalah documents into many languages around the world and held classes for American students. Today, Kabbalah Centres were established in San Francisco, Utah, Arizona and Los Angeles.
All of the Centres offer interested people information of Kabbalah, study classes, dinners for fellowship and other events such as conventions and volunteer projects. The instructors Centres are individuals who have been studying Kabbalah for years, and they lead students in the Kabbalah principles and how they can be used to improve their lives. There are now Kabbalah Centres in 40 cities worldwide.
The largest Kabbalah Centre is online, and it is based in the Los Angeles Centre. The Internet is able to reach millions, and students of Kabbalah no longer have to live in proximity to a physical Centre. They can simply go online to Kabbalah University and participate in classes often taught by the Bergs. There are daily meditations and readings are posted, and anyone who’s interested can log in and find the latest updates for events in their area.
The study of Kabbalah is unlike most spiritual studies. The instructors use practical principles to convey Kabbalah principles such as sharing, volunteering, the belief that we are all God’s children and we are one. Most importantly, the student is moving towards the Light, to find joy and a better life.