The Amazing Story Behind the Launch of the Kabbalah Center

For thousands of years, Kabbalah has successfully remained focused on its mission of obtaining the hidden knowledge of God, such as God’s creations for the visible and invisible universe. Until now, Kabbalah is explained as a concealed knowledge or Jewish mysticism. Kabbalah has been presented as ancient wisdom passed down via oral traditional to handpicked individuals starting from Adam to Abraham, and eventually to Moses. Centuries ago, this knowledge was reserved for a select group of married men aged 40 years and above. Precisely, the Jew’s general preference was responsible for limiting the spread of Kabbalah teachings.

Factors that hindered the spread of Kabbalah

Jewish men in their early 20s and late30s could choose to study directly from a qualified Kabbalist. However, personal studies were met with strict restrictions. Accessing written materials such as books and manuscripts proved to a difficult task since they were scarce and expensive. Women, children, and uneducated men were never considered for any formal training irrespective of if the training sessions were taking place next to their homes. The main reason behind the restrictions of Kabbalah dissemination is that it exposed Godly matters that were a bit concealed in Torah. This ancient knowledge focused on the inner characters of God rather than outer perceptions.

The rise of Kabbalah

In the early 13 century, more people started to study Kabbalah and its aspects were introduced into traditional Jewish rituals and beliefs. Between 1500 and 1800, the wisdom became popular among Jewish communities based in the Middle East and Europe. Jerusalem became a promising center for studying Kabbalah in the 1900s and attracted men from all over the world, including Rav Yehuda Ashlag, the brains behind The Kabbalah Center. He was born back in 1885 in Warsaw and brought up by a Chasidic family. He had an opportunity to study the traditional Jewish education. He started learning Kabbalah at a tender age, and the works of Rav Isaac Luria impressed him a lot. Rav Ashlag recruited several students but increasingly focused on sharpening the skills of one of his most talented and committed students, Rav Brandwein. After the demise of Rav Ashlag, Brandwein took up the responsibility of disseminating the Kabbalah wisdom. With the help of his wife (Karen), Brandwein introduced Kabbalah in the U.S. by instituting a Kabbalah Center.

The History of Kabbalah Centre and its secret wisdom

Kabbalah Centre was founded in 1992 by Rav Yehuda Ashlag. Rav was the first master dedicated and strived to make the guarded wisdom accessible. He published detailed information of Kabbalah wisdom to enlighten his student Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein who also handed it down the lineage to Rav Berg, and this is how Kabbalah Centre evolved.

The Kabbalah wisdom was revealed thousands of years ago. The concealed knowledge included the design of the whole universe both seen and unseen. Kabbalah is therefore popularly known as the Jewish Mysticism or secret wisdom. Back then, the knowledge was handed down the line through word of mouth and to only married men who were above 40 years. Generally the Jewish community did not approve of kabbalah’s widespread dissemination.

It was hard for the young generation to access the written materials since the books and the manuscripts were scarce and unaffordable at the time. Nevertheless, some of the Kabbalah believers felt that the secret wisdom should be widely spread and shared even by other believers outside Jewish religion. However, Kabbalah was never taught to women, children or illiterate men due to speculation that they were unfit or could not comprehend the manifold wisdom of Kabbalah.

In the 18th century, the Kabbalists and rabbis made it more complicated to access the information and prohibited unsupervised access to the manuscripts and books. Despite the efforts of print media publishing a lot of copies for distributions, a good number of rabbis and Kabbalists preferred to keep the secret wisdom in handwritten materials to avoid printing errors or misinterpretations. To an extent, some of the teachings were deliberately left in worded codes and cryptic allowing only the informed with the wisdom decipher the hidden contents.

Kabbalah was primarily hidden from public since it contained knowledge about God and was only explicitly revealed in Torah. Kabbalistic is mostly the fundamental aspects of God rather than the outer perception. The book of Zohar is the core document that contains and provides all the details and information about the secret wisdom of Kabbalah.

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