Kabbalah is an ancient Jewish tradition rooted in the belief that we were all put on this earth to help people and understand how each of us is equipped to do so. Kabbalah involves mystical translation of the Bible, and many celebrities have been drawn to the religion because of the peace and order it brings to their lives. Celebrities such as Madonna started their study of Kabbalah in the Kabbalah Centre International, which is based out of Los Angeles, CA. The non-profit organization employs a staff of international teachers instruct students worldwide through courses on the Zohar and Kabbalistic teachings.
Along with Madonna, celebrities like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, the late Elizabeth Taylor and the late Marilyn Monroe have followed the practice of Jewish mysticism. Preaching to the converted: how Kabbalah keeps on growing. While it may seem surprising for people who weren’t born and raised in the Jewish faith to pursue a Jewish religious practice, people have found that the ancient wisdom is practical and equips them to sort through their lives. The assistance in finding an inner peace is attractive in chaotic world.
Rabbi Philip Berg and his wife Karen Berg led the Kabbalah revolution in Hollywood with the desire to make its teachings relevant and accessible to modern life. The Kabbalah Centre was founded in the United States in 1965, with the Los Angeles centre opening in 1984. The organization has over 50 branches world-wide. It is accessible in that students do not need to start with previous knowledge of Hebrew and Jewish texts.
Part of the appeal of Kabbalah is that it takes a universal approach to religion and spiritual life, seeing all religions and belief systems as branches of a universal wisdom. It’s focus is on learning the internal and hidden knowledge of God. The Zohar is the core literature which Kabbalah wisdom is based on, and can be compared to a commentary on the Bible. It enables followers to connect the Divinity with the physical universe.
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