Located in Los Angeles, CA is the non-profit organization called, “Kabbalah Centre International.” The centre provides Zohar Kabbalistic courses, which are also taught online.
The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles was opened in 1984. Philip Berg and wife, Karen Berg developed the Kabbalah presentation with the revolution in Los Angeles. Now, they have over 50 worldwide branches, including Los Angeles, New York City, London and Toronto.
There is an influx of non-Jewish stars in Hollywood that have taken fascination with Kabbalah. Madonna one of the firsts, then followed by many more. But, why?
-Sandra Bernhard to the LA Times: Crediting the Kabbalah for eliminating “at least 80% of the chaos in my life to learn more: https://livestream.com/Kabbalah-Centre-Europe click here.
-Paris Hilton to Great Britain’s More Magazine: “When I split with Nick Carter, I coped by going straight to the Kabbalah Center in Los Angeles…It helps me deal with my life.”
Kabbalah is quoted as “ancient wisdom that provides practical tools creating joy and lasting fulfillment. It is an incredible system that will completely change the way that you look at the world.”
Thinking this would be enough of the reason for celebrities following the Kabbalah? There’s more. Some celebrities in Hollywood were merely drawn in order to deal with personal life problems.
-Sammy Davis to Time Magazine: “I wanted to become part of a 5,000 year-old history and to hold onto something not just material, which would give me inner strength to turn the other cheek.”
More affirmations for the Kabbalah Centre were hopes to make the world a better place. But there are still more reasons that stars are practicing Kabbalah and even converting to Judaism.
-Marilyn Monroe to Daily Beast: Marilyn was attracted to Judaism because of her rough childhood which made her “identify with the underdog.”
However, other Hollywood stars that are fans of the Kabbalah Centre came by much simpler reasons.
-Britney Spears: Introduced to Kabbalah by Madonna.
All of this has stirred controversy with Orthodox Jews which are critical of stars Hollywood studying Kabbalah. Criticism has been thrown at the Kabbalah Centre of Los Angeles which offers non-Jewish stars courses and teachings.
Traditionally, the only ones that are supposed to study Kabbalah are Jews over the age of 40. Kabbalah being taught to those before they are converted and before proper age has increased the controversy by going against the traditions of Orthodox Jews.
In closing, however, Rabbi Philip Berg who led the Kabbalah Revolution in Hollywood, may have had some final thoughts on the matter. The Telegraph published an obituary of Rabbi Philip Berg with the words, “by simplifying Kabbalah and drawing on aspects of modern life to make it more relevant, Berg claims that he made the struggles of biblical figures accessible.”