Over the years, many non-Jewish Hollywood stars like Sammy Davis Jr., Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Sandra Bernhard have become fascinated with Kabbalah and other aspects of the Jewish faith. In recent times, since Madonna has displayed an interest in Kabbalah, other Hollywood stars like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton followed suit. These non-Jewish stars are drawn to Jewish mysticism for a variety of reasons.
Sandra Bernhard said Kabbalah eliminated more than 80% of the chaos she was experiencing. Paris Hilton said it helps her better deal with the ups and downs in her life. The Kabbalah center website defines Kabbalah as ‘ancient wisdom that provides practical tools for creating joy and lasting fulfillment.’ Sammy Davis felt the 5,000 year-old history would anchor him and give him inner strength and spiritual peace. For others like Britney Spears, Kabbala is simply the flavor of the week.
Many orthodox Jews believe in the tradition that Kabbala should only be studied by Jews over age 40. Rabbi Philip Berg, who led the Hollywood Kabbalah revolution said simplifying Kabbalah for modern life makes it more relevant and makes the struggles of the biblical figures endured more accessible for people to draw on and more information click here.
The Los Angeles, California based Kabbalah Centre International offers online Zohar and Kabbalistic teaching as well as in city-based centers. The way the center presents Kabbala was developed by Philip Berg, the center’s director, and his wife Karen. The Kabbalah Centre International staff is international and multi-ethnic. They offer kabbalistic guidance and study to students worldwide.
Founded in the U.S. in 1965 by Rav Philip Berg and Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein, the Kabbalah Centre was initially called The National Research Institute of Kabbalah. After Brandwein died, Rav Berg moved to Israel then reopened the U.S. Kabbala Centre in NYC. The Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre was opened in 1984. The Kabbalah Centre isn’t an alternative to religion, but supplements it and helps people connect to the essence of God. A non-profit organization, the Kabbala Centre has over 50 branches around the world and major centers in New York, Los Angeles, London and Toronto.