The Kabbalah is the traditional Jewish mysticism subject that focuses on ethical and spiritual outlooks with firm religious roots. This subject is highly controversial, and several questions have been left unanswered over the years. The mission of Kabbalah centre is quite unusual, and several celebrities like Madonna have publicly espoused Kabbalistic doctrines. Judy Myers in the book Kabbalah Spiritual Quest has thoroughly undertaken a serious study of this phenomenon. Her analysis of the movement spans from its roots, teachings, values of spiritual healing, and its popularization in the US. She also takes us through the profiles of some adherents. Her major focus is on the sociological and psychological approach stressing on the movements functional character.
Traditionally, Rabbis highly believed that the subject of Kabbalah and its mysteries were so complex and very easily misunderstood. They, therefore, preferred teaching devout students over the age of 40(mostly males). Many traditionalists, therefore, associate Kabbalah to the ancient, secretive Judaism’s mystic tradition.
The Kabbalah Centre International
The Kabbalah Center International provides courses on the Kabbalistic teachings and Zohar through its regional centers, worldwide study groups and also online. It is a nonprofit entity based in Los Angeles, California with a multi-ethnic staff of international teachers to provide Kabbalistic studies and guidance to its student community worldwide. The presentation was developed by the Kabbalah Center director Philip Berg and his wife, Karen Berg.
The mystical tradition is quickly spreading through all the cities of the world including Boca Raton, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, London, Toronto and Las Vegas. The Kabbalah beliefs and practices are quickly becoming fashionable, and the adherents are determined to stay on. There are concerns on whether this is a religion or a cult. But the leaders affirm that Kabbalah is simply a practice of universal wisdom.
According to Kabbalah, all religious and spiritual affiliations across the world are specific branches of the universal wisdom. It is a resemblance to religions like Judaism, Islam Christianity and Buddhism in addition to new age teachings. The Kabbalah Center offers itself as a supplement to these religions rather than as an alternative religion. There have however been numerous criticism and controversies on the financial misappropriation with some media critics alleging that the charismatic Kabbalah leaders use the promise of wealth, good health and happiness to attract the vulnerable and the rich.