The Kabbalah Centre was established in Los Angeles in 1984. It is an outgrowth of a Kabbalah organization from the Middle East called Yeshivah Kol Yehuda that was founded in 1925. Before its establishment in Los Angeles, the predecessor to the Kabbalah Centre was located in New York City and was called The National Research Institute of Kabbalah.
The National Research Institute of Kabbalah, and the Kabbalah Centre, were established by Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein. A great deal of the teachings and practices of the Kabbalah Centre have been presented in texts and other materials prepared by these two individuals.
The Kabbalah Centre takes a more inclusive approach to making the Kabbalistic teachings available to people than historically has been the case. The Kabbalah Centre does not require its students to have a prior knowledge of Jewish and Hebrew texts. The Kabbalah Centre does not believe that this is necessary for students to have an understanding of Kabbalist teachings. In addition, the Kabbalah Centre is open equally to women as well as men, which is not always the case with more conservative derivations of Kabbalah in some other locations.
The Kabbalah Centre, like traditional Kabbalist teachers, holds astrology as an important element of life. The Kabbalah Centre has a strong association with astrology. Astrology has been a part of Kabbalist traditions for generations. Indeed, those associated with the Kabbalah Centre make note that astrology really has always been a part of Jewish tradition.
The Kabbalah Centre takes the position that it is not an alternative religious or spiritual organization of its own. The Kabbalah Centre, and its teachings, resources, and practices, is not designed to take the place of other religious or spiritual traditions. Rather, the Kabbalah Centre exists to supplement other religious organizations and spiritual practices.
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