Ever since Madonna stepped out with the signature red string tied around her wrist, Hollywood has had an obsession with Kabbalah. From the late, great Sammy Davis to socialite Paris Hilton, numerous well-known figures have practiced the ancient tradition.
An aspect of Jewish mysticism, the practice of Kabbalah is considered an offshoot of Judaism. It consists of magical, devotional and meditative practices. So with its relation to Judaism, why are so many non-Jewish celebrities practicing Kabbalah? The late Elizabeth Taylor was so passionate in her practice of Kabbalah that she actually converted to Judaism. What is it about Kabbalah that appeals so strongly to these famous figures? The answer may lie in the meditative aspects of the practice. It provides a calm balance to the chaos that often comes with being in the public eye. Actress Sandra Bernhard claims that Kabbalah has helped eliminate most of the stress from her life. Kabbalah gives its followers wisdom on how to create lasting fulfillment and joy in their lives and learn more about Kabbalah.
Many of these familiar faces got started with Kabbalah at The Kabbalah Centre International in Los Angeles. The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization that provides courses on Kabbalistic teachings. A seemingly endless list of celebrities have visited the centre to learn more about Kabbalah. The long list of names includes Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Ariana Grande, Mick Jagger, Roseanne Barr and Alex Rodriguez among many others.
The Kabbalah Centre was originally established by Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein in Israel in 1922. After Brandwein passed away, Berg and his wife decided to bring the Kabbalh Centre to the United States. They opened the first centre in New York City in 1965. By 1984 they had opened The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles that has become a familiar ground for so many popular figures. Aside from presenting students with the teachings of Kabbalah, the centre is known for engaging in volunteer work and donating to other non-profit organizations and more information click here.
For more information on The Kabbalah Centre please visit www.kabbalah.com.