Rav Yehuda Ashlag was one of the first individuals to embrace the Kabbalistic way of life. In 1922, Ashlag dedicated his effort to make this knowledge known and readily available for those who wished to study it. He also wrote articles and books about Kabbalah Centre, and it is with these tools that he imparted this knowledge to his apprentice Rav Yehuda Tzi Brandwein, who then passed it on the mantle to Rav Berg to learn more: http://frenchtribune.com/teneur/25354-finding-deeper-connections-through-kabbalah-centre click here.
Beliefs associated with Kabbalah
Kabbalah tries to explore the hidden knowledge of God that is unseen by most people. Kabbalah wisdom is postulated to have been passed from the genealogy of Adam to Moses. In the past, only married Jewish men above the age of 40 practiced Kabbalah. However, knowledge of Kabbalah was never meant to be limited to a particular group of people. It was the conservative nature of the Jewish community that made Kabbalah appears secretive, hindering its spread. In the 18th century, after the discovery of the printing press, many books were published, enabling the proliferation of the sacred knowledge.
The past and the present
Kabbalah is wisdom based on the book of Zohar written by Rav Shimon Bar Yochai and Rav Abba and was authored in the 2nd century. A big part of the book was written in Aramaic, and it contains hidden knowledge about creation. Around the 20th century, people practicing Kabbalistic ways engaged in rituals, worship, and study of Torah, believing that these practices linked them to God. Additionally, they practiced meditations, pilgrimages to spiritual places, and midnight study sessions.
Before the 20th century, Kabbalah was intertwined with Jewish rituals and practices. In the years 1500 to 1800, Jewish communities living in Europe and the Middle East had a clear understanding of Kabbalah. In 1900, the knowledge became widespread in Jerusalem. Rav and his wife, Karen, were responsible for introducing Kabbalah in the United States. They set up several centers in the US and recruited many teachers. When Rav Berg passed on in 2004, his wife took over and she still runs activities of various Kabbalah centers across the U.S. Since Kabbalah attained a global recognition, many books have been published to encourage its followers.