The Kabbalah Centre has only recently become the center of the ancient wisdom known as Kabbalah. For thousands of years, the principles of wisdom have only been taught to the married man in the Jewish nation. Kabbalah is not a religion; its concepts date back to before the days of Noah when the earth was formed and has been transferred from generation to generation by word of mouth.
It wasn’t until 1922 that the first Kabbalah Centre was established in the heart of Israel by Rav Yehuda Ashlag. He was the first master Kabbalist to bring the study of the ancient principles and their spirituality into the general public. By opening the Centre, anyone was invited to participate and learn about this closely guarded wisdom, so Rav Ashlag took the first steps in making Kabbalah accessible.
The mantle of leadership and the transmitting of the enlightenment were passed to his student when he died, who passed the torch to Rav Berg who studied for over a decade under Rav Ashlag and then brought it to America. Rav Berg has now passed it on to his son, and there are five Kabbalah Centers in the U.S. with 40 worldwide. The study of Kabbalah is centuries old, but Kabbalah Centers are only 100 years old.
Accessing the People
Before the 20th century, Kabbalah followed Judaism, including the feasts, worship, Torah study and other Jewish traditions. They were all the same practices of Kabbalah producing a consciousness for the sole purpose of connecting them to God. They then incorporated unique practices including meditations, and midnight study sessions, which are practiced today.
Rav Berg and his wife, Karen, established the first Kabbalah Centre in the U.S., in NYC. Several years later, the Bergs established a Centre of knowledge in San Francisco, and several years after that, a Centre was opened in Los Angeles. It was this Centre that now streams Kabbalah University online for people around the globe. Students no longer have to be in the vicinity of a physical Centre to study this ancient wisdom that was once so secretive,; everyone has access to this online wisdom Kabbalah Centre.