Kabbalah is a practice that derives from Judaism. It is mentioned in several religious denominations, but is not one itself. Kabbalah’s esoteric teachings have been passed down from generation to generation and were used to explain the complicated relationship between the finite universe, which included all of god’s mortal creations, and the eternal infinite universe called “Ein Sof”.
Questioning the purpose of one’s existence and the nature of the universe as both a large and small picture to attain spiritual realization is at the core of Kabbalah. Its teachings are believed by its traditional practitioners to be thousands of year old. Kabbalah is considered to be the building block for several religions, sciences, philosophies and political systems around the world. More recently, Kabbalah has made a resurgence outside of Judaism which has attributed to a renewal of Jewish culture.
The Kabbalah Center International is located in Los Angeles, California. It is a non-profit organization that offers to teach Kabbalah to those who want to learn. The practice, which was once very selective and only available to those who proved their devotion, can now reach those who have access to the Kabbalah Center and its several city-based locations. It can also be reached online. Its teachings are presented by an international group of educated teachers who have been practicing or studying Kabbalah for several years.
The Kabbalah Center was established in New York City as the The National Research Institute of Kabbalah in 1965. The original founders were Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein and Philip Berg. Mr. Berg traveled to Israel with his wife, Karen Berg, and lived there for several years before returning to update the Kabbalah Center and add a handful of new locations across the United States. The Los Angeles location opened in 1984 and quickly became the headquarters of Kabbalah knowledge. The location in New York was also re-established and updated by the couple. Both Philip and Karen Berg act as teachers and spiritual leaders at the California location. With their guidance, The Kabbalah Center has expanded to over fifty locations and thousands of students all around the world.