The study of universal wisdom, known as Kabbalah comes from Zohar (ancient texts) and writings of Rav Isaac Luria. During ancient times, Adam, Abraham, and Moses were taught the knowledge of Zohar, which was traditionally restricted to Jewish law scholars. In the 13th Century, the study of wisdom united Jewish rituals, beliefs, and the concepts of Esoteric. Access to the writings of Kabbalah was forbidden without supervision of kabbalists and rabbis in the 18th century. Its texts were coded, cryptic, and handwritten knowingly to prevent others from misinterpreting its knowledge.
Rav Shimon Bar Yochai authored the book of all wisdom, which was written in Aramaic by his student, Rav Abba in second century CE. Between the 1500’s and 1800’s, kabbalist studies expanded to the Jewish communities in Middle East and Europe. During those times kabbalists practiced Judaism in worship, rituals, and the study of Torah. Their strongest beliefs were that everything in the universe is connected and earthly actions have an influence on matters in existing realms. Traditionally, they pilgrimage to spiritual sites, studied at midnight, and practiced meditations.
Rav Yehuda Ashlag was among the men who studied kabbalah in Jerusalem to increase their knowledge, in the 1900’s. He moved to Israel in 1921 and one later, to Jerusalem where Kabbalah Centre history began and kabbalist teachings transformed to modern 20th Century. Rav Yehuda translated the ancient Aramaic language of Zohar into the modern Hebrew language. After his passing, two students, Rav Berg and Rav Brandwein became leaders of the Centre.
Today, the Kabbalah Centre has extended its existence to locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceanic, and Middle East. The non-profit organization teaches students the principles of kabbalah to use as life tools for the formation of joy and lifelong fulfillment. The Centre offers studies at all locations through classroom settings, online courses, audio, books, and lectures. The secrets of Zohar are now available to the world and translated for easier understanding to apply to everyday life circumstances. Kabbalist Rav Yehuda is the master mind behind the interpretation of the ancient texts to modern teachings of wisdom, practiced and studied by millions of people.