Kabbalah is a brand of spiritualism that is increasing in popularity both in the United States and in other parts of the world. Kabbalah Centers are designed as institutions for study and education on the Kabbalah philosophy. There are currently Kabbalah centers in major cities world wide where those seeking more information on this interesting philosophy can go to learn more.
Kabbalistic principles are meant to bring followers a lifelong sense of joy and fulfillment. They teach people to reevaluate themselves and their place in the larger universe, promising that this knowledge will bring endless happiness and a feeling of purpose.
Leaders claim the history of the Kabbalah teaching are rooted in the religious texts of Ancient Judaism though the philosophy has developed into something of a more spiritualistic nature. The very first Kabbalah Center was founded in the year 1922 by a man named Rav Yehuda Ashlag.
Kabbalah has undergone many reinterpretations and variations since that time. As it is not a traditional religion the Kabbalah Centers are generally accepting of alternate practices or personal variations as long as they do not violate the generally agreed upon core principles.
Followers claim the tenants that form Kabbalah actually predate the modern concept of religion and thus any person of any race, status, or faith can practice Kabbalah.
These core tenants are taken from sections of the ancient Jewish holy text, the Torah. Segments of the Torah also form major sections of the Christian Old Testament. However Kabbalistic teaching come from a series of chapters called the Zohar. This was originally a section that was left un-translated and thus only available to priests, religious scholars, and men of a certain status within the Jewish Community. Ashlag was responsible for the first translation, making the teaching of the Zohar available to anyone.