The Kabbalah Centre is focused on making the ancient teachings of Kabbalah accessible and practical for the modern world, as well as removing all financial barriers from those wishing to enhance their lives and the world. This has been the focus of the Kabbalah Centre since its founding in 1922 by Rav Ashlag, a revolutionary kabbalist who spent decades translating and modernizing this deep wisdom for all, fusing spirituality and science in his writings. His work would become the basis for our courses, Kabbalah 1, 2, and 3. Rav Ashlag also translated the Zohar, a foundational kabbalistic text, from Aramaic to Hebrew, making it accessible to even more people.
Over the next 47 years, Kabbalah still remained hidden to most of the world, despite Rav Ashlag’s and his beloved successor Rav Brandwein’s efforts. In 1962, Rav Brandwein met Rav Berg. The two studied together closely for seven years until 1969, when Rav Brandwein left this physical world. Rav Berg was stricken with grief, but one month later, he met Karen Berg. That was the moment Kabbalah’s history was forever altered.
Together, Rav and Karen Berg set out to make the wisdom of Kabbalah understandable, relevant, and available to all people in a quickly evolving modern world, without exclusion. Despite continuous obstacles, Rav and Karen Berg successfully defied thousands of years of religious restrictions, opening the doors for everyone to study Kabbalah. During their lifetimes, the two most unlikely people to change the world passionately led over 40 centres worldwide with the goal to bring peace to the world through spiritual unity. Today, their son Michael and his wife Monica co-direct the Kabbalah Centre and continue to bring this revolutionary wisdom to millions of people in every corner of the globe.
At the age of 16, Michael Berg began a ten-year process of translating the Zohar to English, making the most esoteric, hidden, and foundational text of Kabbalah available to study by anyone with a desire to learn and grow. Today it is also available in Spanish and is being translated into even more languages. Self-proclaimed change junkie, Monica Berg challenges everyone she meets to take this deep wisdom and make it real and palatable, constantly inspiring change and growth.
Kabbalists emphasize the importance of taking in this wisdom from our books, classes, and teachers and applying it to our thoughts, deeds, and relationships. Our actions give wisdom meaning. The work we subsequently do in the world is what impacts others. Our classes, programs, and events work because Kabbalah is an experiential approach that leads every student to unique life changes through study and connection.