Located in Los Angelos, California is The Kabbalah Centre International. The Kabbalah Centre is the headquarters for the non-profit organization of the Zohar and Kabbalistic teachings. The centre was originally founded in 1965 in the United States by Philip Berg (born Feivel Gruberger) and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein. After Brandwein’s death, and after several years in Israel, Philip Berg and his wife Karen Berg, re-established the U.S. Kabbalah Centre in New York. In 1984, the decision was made to move and reopen the center in Los Angeles with over 50 locations across the world.
At the Kabblah Centre, they do not require that new students hold a firm knowledge or understanding of their texts or that of the Hebrew religion. Instead, they are willing to accept new members and provide them with a foundational education for their teachings. The teachings of the Kabbalah incorporate philosophies and practices that have been gathered from various other religions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. In terms of references to the Bible, many of the passages, like The Passage of the Red Sea, are referred to as historical events, rather that pure religious folklore.
At the Kabbalah Centre, they teach that humans are not accessing the full power of their abilities or five senses. In fact, it is their belief that humans are only accessing a mere one percent of their five senses, and therefore, not fully in tune with reality. The concept of Klippot, is another one of the teachings of the Kabblah Centre. The concept of Klippot states that “everyone has a direct and clear connection to the upper metaphysical-spiritual world of the Light (Ein Sof, unbounded God), but that this channel is blocked by Klippot, restricting the spiritual energy from entering the physical body. It is through meditation and practice of Kabbalah teachings and Jewish law (which the Kabbalah Centre says is early Rabbinistic construction to aid in practicing Kabbalah without revealing its secrets) that one removes Klippot, and it is by violence and negative behaviour that one adds Klippot”.
Astrology is a major component in the teachings of The Kabbalah Centre International. It is believed that astrology has been a major belief since the inception of Judaism, which is why it is such an integral part of the Kabbalah. There is a strong traditional belief by those that follow the Kabbalah the cosmic forces affect absolutely everything in the world, including humans and their fate.