Some Hollywood celebrities followed in the footsteps of the famous artist, Madonna. Madonna interest in the Jewish tradition teachings did not only end in learning the religion but went to the extent of establishing not more than one Kabbalah Center and also investing her time and resources in the centers. Other Hollywood stars who followed her include Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, the late Elizabeth Tailor and Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis, and Sandra Bernhard.
So many Hollywood artists are converting to Judaism, and others are getting so involved in its teaching, something that has left people to wonder why. The Los Angeles Times interviewed some of the celebrities and noticed every one of them had their reason. Sandra Bernhard said the Kabbalah teachings helps her deal with at list 80% of his life issues. Paris Hilton was interviewed by Great Britain More Magazine, and she said that after her breakup with Nick Carter Kabbalah helped her to cope with the post break up stress. But it is not the case with all celebrities. Time Magazine interviewed Sammy Davis, and according to him, he did not join Kabbalah because of stress or other personal issues. Instead, he wanted to become part of one of the oldest history in the world and hold something that will offer him inner strength.
The Kabbalah Center history began back in 1922. It was established by Rav Yehuda Ashlag .Rav’s aim was to safeguard the Kabbalah teachings and makes it accessible to the world and the coming generation. Before his death, Rav handed over the Kabbalah Center responsibility to Rav Berg. Later the non-profit organization was established in the United States in 1965 with its Headquarters in Los Angeles, California. The Kabbalah center majors its teachings on God’s instructions including God’s design for the seen and the unseen universe. Kabbalah teachings can well be described as deep Jewish wisdom.
The Kabbalah Center has devoted teachers who have knowledge of the Jewish teachings. Since its foundation, the center has been expanding delivering its education in other centers as well as offering online teachings all over the world. The Kabbalah Center focuses its teaching on how one can have a fulfilling life regardless of one’s background and religion.
Religion in America is undergoing a revolution. Mainstream religions, Christianity and Judaism have members advancing in age and dwindling in popularity. The only aspect of religion growing is the segment that has no affiliation. Atheism is increasing in numbers in this one nation under God.
Sadly, spirituality even among the major religions is decreasing. There is a feeling of disconnection in society. People have come to almost worship their privacy in America. One of the most enhancing and rewarding aspects of religion is the sense of coming together as an extended family, congregation. The dwindling and changing concept of community has come to the point that Americans fear their neighbors and definitely do not love them. As we extrapolate this out into the global community, we are confronted by this truth. America has become a spiritual wasteland.
Is there hope? A new movement, the Kabbalah, with a functioning center in Los Angeles offers hope; it stresses the importance of giving and makes the connection between spirituality and giving.
Peter Berg and his wife, Karen, are the motivating forces behind this spiritual movement that has attracted the attention of the rich and famous and the just ordinary in the world. Courses are available both online and at the center in Los Angeles and at meeting places throughout the world.
Originally the movement focused on elements of the Jewish traditions but has since become more open to those who seek a spiritual answer to the problems of the world.
There are fascinating concepts built within the Kaballah movement which include astrology and mystery religions. They have a website that details in word and photo the concepts of the Kaballah Centre and its movement.
Religion by its very nature does not change. The hierarchy of the church fathers demands the strict maintenance of the religious texts and mandates. Religion has become archaic, a dinosaur in the ever-changing world. A stone aged value system that can not work in a society that produces ideas, and sees that change and updating are necessary in every aspect of the real world.
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