The Kabbalah Center: Ancient Teachings for a Modern World

The Kabbalah Center is a place of worship for those who believe in the ancient teachings of Kabbalah. The teachings of Kabbalah come from The Book of Formation. People all over the world have been helped by the teachings from this book as well as from advanced Kabbalah scholars. The teachings have been brought abroad thanks to Rav Phillip Berg. He was brought up in Orthodox Jewish schools. When he was only 22 years old he was ordained as a rabbi. During a visit to Israel for his mother’s funeral he met his Kabbalah teacher, Rav Brandwein, and from that point forward Kabbalah became his life’s work.

Rav Berg noticed how his teacher Rav Brandwein struggled to fund his work in spreading the teachings of Kabbalah. In an effort to help out, Rav Berg moved to New York to and worked as a book distributor for Rav Brandwein. During this time he founded the National Institute Research of Kabbalah. This institute allowed for funding of Orthodox Jewish scholarships, travel expenses, and the publishing costs of books and articles that involved this research. Rav Berg was ordained as a Kabbalah Master in 1966. Shortly before Rav Brandwein’s death, Rav Berg was deemed President of Yeshivat Kol Yehuda. During this time Rav Berg drastically changed the way that the teachings of Kabbalah were shared. He began following in the footsteps of Rav Ashlag, who founded the first Kabbalah Center in 1922.

Along with his wife Karen, Rav Berg changed the name of the National Institute for Research of Kabbalah to the Research Center of Kabbalah. The couple moved to Israel and opened a Religious Centre in Tel Aviv, and they had tremendous success in helping people awaken their higher consciousness. 1981, they moved back to New York and brought along students and teachers to help lead the new Centre. Rav Berg published books in English to appeal to a wider audience, and through his work The Kabbalah Center has become the first non-religious, but spiritual path for students. Now with physical locations in over 40 cities, online resources, and books, the teachings of Kabbalah have become accessible to people all over the world.