The Kabbalah Centre is a prominent, not for profit teaching establishment located in and operating out of Los Angeles, California. The institution was created by the well known scholar of religion and esteemed rabbi, Phillip Berg along side his wife, Karen. The Kabbalah Centre primarily functions as an internationally syndicated outlet for the in-depth teachings of both the Zohar and the Kabbalah (hence the name of the institute), both of which are texts core to the mystical Jewish tradition of biblical interpretation.
The Zohar provides a wide ranging commentary upon the five principal books of Moses, collectively referred to as The Torah. Topics raised in the Zohar are often those of Ein Sof, the infinite realm, or celestial plane, as well as psychological introspection and observations that range from the mystical to the pragmatic. The Zohar specifically, and the Kabbalah more broadly, arose through a lengthy and hard fought process and is the result of the syncretic sublimation of pre-Christian, Judaic and Christian practices, as well as various occult and New Age spiritual arts and ontological methodologies and is generally thought to have arisen around the 12th to 13th Century. The primary purpose of the Kabbalic tradition is to first understand the self and to then understand both the nature of one’s relationship to ultimate reality through a contrasting dissection and observation of both the mortal realm and the Ein Sof, the realm of the infinite.
Despite the fact that the Zohar, as a collective work, focuses heavily on a metaphysical interpretation of the biblical texts, the Kabbalah Centre is not a religious institution. Rather, it functions as a secular educational institution which people can use simply for the accumulation of knowledge as well as spiritual progression and contemplation.
Though the primary focus of the institute as well as its core curriculum is based around a intensive study of the Zohar and its relation to the Kabbalic practices, the organization also employees a wide ranging number of scholarly works in addition, often from the very professors, lecturer and rabbis who are employed by the institute itself, such as the prolific author and founder, Rabbi Berg.