The Evolution of Kabbala Centre

The foundation of Kabbala Centre was established in 1922 by Rav Yehuda Ashlag, who was the first Chief Kabbalist to modernize its wisdom and make it readily available to all.He later passed on the leadership to his student Rave Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein, who subsequently handed over to Rav Berg.

The principal aim of Kabbala has been to acquire the knowledge of God, and His designs for the seen and unseen universe.In the beginning, Kabbala was perceived as a having been reserved for Jewish scholars who were married and aged 40years and above. Children, women and unlearned men were never considered fit for formal Kabbala training.

Rav Ashlag did not succeed in acquiring a huge following as he had hoped. Until his death in 1955, he toiled to make Zohar available to the general public and even used his own resources to make this happen.

Rav Brandwein yearned to carry on Rav Ashlag’s legacy, but due to his limited resources, he did not do as much as he would have wished. Before his death, Rav Brandwein named Rav Berg the President of YeshivatKol Yehuda.

Rav Berg’s wife, Karen, was the first woman to study Kabbala and with her influence, they opened up the teachings to everyone who wished to learn, including children and women. In the early 70’s the Rav and his wife moved to Israel and set up the second Kabbala Centre in Tel Aviv. They set up the Centre in the middle of a secular Israel society and offered wisdom to tackle life’s challenges.

In 1984, Rav Berg and Karen set up the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre. They left the passionate and wise followers in charge of the Israel Kabbala Centre. Rav Berg wrote his first books in English so as to appeal to a wider audience.

The Kabbala Centre taught a non-religious audience and was seen as a spiritual, rather than a religious way of study. Currently, there are more than 40 Kabbala Centres around the world. Through the Kabbala Centres, Rav Berg and his wife actualized Rav Ashlag’s vision of integrating humans from all race, religion, and nationalities.Celebrities such as Madonna, Britney Spears, the late Elizabeth Taylor, and Sandra Bernhard have shown interest in the Jewish Kabbalah.

Rav Berg passed away in 2013, leaving Karen and their son, Michael Berg, an established author himself, to run the Kabbalah Centre. They use all kinds of modern technology to pass wisdom through books, courses, and books in both online and physical Centres.

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Adam Milstein Describes how Jews and Christians can Work together to Stamp out Antisemitism

Adam Milstein is a a famous and highly visible Israeli-American pro-Israel activist. He and his wife, Gila have their own charitable foundation that is called the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. It supports pro-Israel causes as well as groups that fight against antisemitism both at home and abroad.

Mr. Milstein works in the real estate business and was a highly successful real estate broker. He is now a managing partner at a real estate firm located in Encino, California. Adam also contributes to both the Jerusalem Post and the Huffington Post on topics that involve policies towards Israel, Judaism, Jewish culture and antisemitism. Below is a short summary of an article Adam Milstein published alongside pastor Samuel Rodriguez.

How Christians And Jews Can Unite To Eliminate Antisemitism

Adam Milstein begins the article by saying that Christians and Christianity have come along way to eliminating the antisemitism that was once prevalent among Christian nations. The church for example, has stopped teaching replacement theology. This is the idea that Christians became God’s chosen people when the Jews were scattered from their homeland. Christianity now views Judaism as a separate but related sister faith with similar roots and ideas such as one supreme loving god.

These steps are major progress from the programs, inquisitions, state discrimination and holocaust of the past which was perpetrated in part by Christian intolerance and antisemitism against the Jews. Today antisemitism is no where near levels where it once was and it is now against the law to discriminate against Jews. Still, Adam Milstein now warns that anti-semtitism is making a comeback in Europe and the United States. A survey cited by Milstein says that about a quarter of Europe’s population has some kind of anti-Semitic sentiment. Such feelings are also being increasingly witnessed in the United States.

The way to beat back the rising antisemitism that we are now seeing is to take a firm stand. Milstein says that the BDS movement is just one example of antisemitism that is taking root in the United States and Europe that must be stamped out. It is led by radical left wing groups and radical Islamic groups whose aim is to isolate, delegitimize, boycott and ultimately destroy Israel with propaganda and economic and political pressure. The far left and radical Islamists are a threat to both Jews and Christians as well as Western values. This is why Milstein calls for Christians and Jews to unite to stamp out the BDS movement and the rising tide of antisemitism in the world today.