The Ramifications of the Kabbalah Centre

In 1922 the Kabbalah Centre was established in Israel by Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein. The original establishment was called Yeshivah Koi Yehuda, and Phillip Berg and his wife Karen then re-established the United States Kabbalah Centre in New York City in 1965.

There was also a Kabbalah Centre established in Los Angeles in 1984, and there are other locations in Toronto and London. The approach that the Kabbalah Centre uses with its students for teaching purposes is that there is no requirement that the students know or have knowledge of Hebrew to study the Kabbalah.

The views of the Kabbalah is that it is a spiritual belief that all religions are merely spiritual branches of wisdom that is universal. Consequently, all religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddism, Islam and New Age Thinking are all part of, and branches of the wisdom of God. Kabbalah is then not an alternative to any religion in particular, but it is a supplement to them all.

Kabbalah does not become centric on God Himself because He is incomprehensible to us, but we dwell on the essence of God which is the “Light.” To further explain, it is reasoned that our five senses only reveal about 1% of the reality of God as the other 99% of our senses are incapable of accessing the reality.

The Kabbalah Centre goes on to teach that most of the unbounded spiritual energy that we should have access to is blocked by Klippot which blocks this spiritual energy from reaching us. It is only by study and the practice of Kabbalah and the practice of Jewish law that the Klippot can be removed. Negative behavior and violence are acts that Klippot is added.

The study of astrology is a part of the Kabbalah because it claims that cosmic forces affect everything and it has been a long-held Jewish tradition to study astrology.

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