Kabbalah has its origin in oral and written traditions dating back thousands of years. The teachings consist of Zohar and Kabbalah. They include the five books of Moses, spiritual passages and metaphysical teachings. In the beginning they were taught by one Rabbi to one student. This was expanded to include larger groups of students. In the twentieth century the notion of spreading Kabbalah to larger and larger audiences came into being. The leaders were Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda TzviBrandwein. In 1965 they founded the Kabbalah Centre known as the National Research Institute of Kabbalah.
With the passing RavBrandwein, Rav Philip Berg and his wife Karen began to expand the teachings of Kabbalah to a worldwide audience. After Rav Berg’s death wife Karen and son Michael spread the knowledge of Kabbalah Centre to more than fifty countries. The Kabbalah was translated in most major languages.
A Kabbalah Centre has three main goals: Learn, Transform and Connect. These include online classes, reading articles, sharing knowledge through mentoring, lectures, meditation and charitable activities. The centre is a Spiritual Community with members sharing meals and activities.
The foundation of Kabbalah is the concept that each one of us has a clear channel to God referred to as Light. We learn to bring more Light into our being through charitable works and volunteer activities. The more we do this the more of God’s Light we receive.
There is an energy that blocks our transformation called Klippot. This occurs through acts of violence or negative behavior. Of the Ten Commandments, all but two refer to these negative acts.
Unfortunately, while we may not commit outright negative acts, much of our life is ego driven. When we look at our life cycle we spend time on career, marriage, children, acquiring property, saving for retirement, retirement and death. This is why the study of Kabbalah is so critical to our well- being. It brings a balance to our lives and shows us the way to the Light of God through charitable works and service to others.