Known as the receiving tradition, Kabbalah is an ancient school of thought and discipline practivied by millions of people all around the world. Though it is not a religion, Kabbalah and its founding principles are found at the root at some of the world’s most commonly practiced religions today. The teachings themselves aim to help strengthen both the relationship and understanding of God and the universe. In 1922, the first center for teachings of Kabbalah was established in Israel, in efforts to both preserve and spread the ancient teachings. Lead by its founder Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein, Philip Berg learned and mastered Kabbalah. After his death, Berg and his wife Karen re-established a U.S. based Kabbalah Centre in New York City.
The Kabbalah Centre and its sacred teachings aim to supplement religion, and better educate followers through different branches of universal wisdom. While lessons may include references to the bible, they are believed to be codes to living a righteous life. To help students and followers better understand these connections, the Kabbalah Centre has published several Books of the Bible with detailed Kabbalistic interpretations .
Kabbalist believe that this connection is blocked by Qliphoth-a representation of impure spiritual energy. The belief is that through studying and practicing Kabbalah, these restrictions can be removed, and the connection to God or Ein Sof can then be restored. Because Kabbalist also believe that cosmic forces have a direct effect on everything, a true understanding of the universe and astrology is also important for followers of Kabbalah. Those who possess thorough knowledge in astrology are among the most highly respected Kabbalist.
Today people all over the world follow the teachings of Kabbalah in efforts of improving the quality of their lives, and re-establishing their connection with God. Aside from its teachings, the Kabbalah Centre has participated in several philanthropical ventures, helping provide aid and relief to people all around the world.