The wisdom of the Kabbalah has been passed down from generation to generation for more than 4,000 years. In 1922, Rav Yehuda Ashlag set up an institution to teach the Zohar, the written texts of the Kabbalah. This move went down in history as the first time Kabbalah was made available to the average person. Before the institution was established, Rabbis believed that the Kabbalah was too complicated for the average person to understand, and would, therefore, teach it to devoted male students who were above the age of 40.
Rav Yehuda Ashlag then passed the responsibility of leadership to his student Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein who later handed the torch to Rav Berg.
The Hidden Wisdom
Kabbalah comes from the Hebrew word ‘kabel’ which means to receive. It is often referred to as the secret wisdom which focuses on obtaining the concealed religion knowledge of God such as God’s design for the seen and unseen world.
Kabbalah was presented as knowledge to humanity on three different occasions to three different men. Adam was the first to be handed down the spiritual teaching through Archangel Razael as Adam and Eve were being removed from the Garden of Eden. Abraham was the second to receive the wisdom of the Kabbalah. He was allegedly introduced to the Kabbalistic secret teachings by Melchizedek. The teachings were sections of the covenant that God made with Abraham. The final revelation of Kabbalah was unveiled to Moses when he was at Mount Sinai. The first time he went up the mountain, he was given the Commandments, and when he went for the second time, he received the Kabbalah.
Throughout history, Kabbalists have hidden the interpretations of the Torah from religious leaders and the general public. This is because many of the Kabbalists were victimized and other people knew that the teachings conflicted with Christian and Jewish doctrines.
The Kabbalah in the 21st Century
Today, the Kabbalah wisdom is being taught in more than 40 brick and mortar locations around the world. The Kabbalah Centre’s method of spiritual teaching the wisdom is starting with teachings that do not need the previous knowledge of Jewish and Hebrew texts for understanding.
The Kabbalah Centre teaches as a supplement to religion rather than an alternative.