Kabbalah is a philosophy that is increasing in popularity and spreading across urban centers throughout the world. Naturally, this leads to a lot of confusion and misinformation as to what the Kabbalistic philosophy is really all about.
The first Kabbalah Center was founded by Rav Yehuda Ashlag way back in the 1920’s. This is the beginning of the modern form of Kabbalah, a movement or philosophy dedicated to bringing followers a sense of fulfillment and happiness stemming through rituals, self-examination, and a greater knowledge of creation and thus their role in the universe. However, according to its philosophical leaders, the core teachings of Kabbalah are actually much older than that, predating most modern religious institutions. Preaching to the converted: how Kabbalah keeps on growing
Kabbalah is based on a segment of ancient text within the Torah. The Torah is the Jewish sacred text and also makes up a large percentage of the Christian Old Testament. This particular sect is called the Zohar. For centuries the Zohar was not directly translated into Hebrew and thus was accessible to only a small group of religious scholars and leaders with the knowledge to translate it. Ashlag made it his goal to translate the Zohar into Hebrew and thus make its teachings accessible to the average man.
Kabbalah Centers became institutions of study and learning where the knowledge and perspectives contained in the Zohar could be examined by anyone. Though it is rooted in Jewish tradition and history leaders maintain that the wisdom of the Zohar is non-denominational. Kabbalistic practices and philosophies can be adapted to the life of any individual regardless of the religious or ethnic background.
Currently, there are Kabbalah Centers in more than 40 spread through countries all across the world. Those who find the subject of Kabbalah interesting can seek out these institutions if they want to gather more information.