Kabbalah is a philosophy and spiritual discipline evolving from Judaism. Though it has been interpreted in a number of ways over the course of centuries, it explores the ten-fold path of Creation, or Tree of Life, originating in Biblical studies.
The first written texts of the Kabbalah Center appeared in Europe in the 12th century, but tradition says that these were based on oral teachings going back into the distant past. Esoteric lore says that the secrets of creation were given to the angels by God, and by angels to man on three key points in history.
It was given a second time to Abraham, patriarch of Judaism, by the priest-king Melchizedek, lost again, and the third and last time to Moses on Mount Sinai. It was thereafter taught among the Hebrew priests, and became a complex wisdom with the potential to transform mankind through its revelations.
Medieval and later Kabbalah teachers saw it as a very powerful system that could only be taught to initiates, usually males of at least 40 years of age. Traditional Kabbalists were known as Mekubbal, but oppression from both Jewish and especially Christian orthodoxy drove them to secrecy.
The modern era which introduced Kabbalah to the general public began with the founding of The National Research Institute of Kabbalah in 1965 by Phillip Berg and Yehuda Brandwein, who’d been dean of the Kabbalah school in Israel.
Today, the Kabbalah Centre International is an organization based in Los Angeles, California. It was officially founded in 1984, led by directors Michael and Karen Berg. The Centre also has classes available in over 50 regional and city locations around the world. These multinational schools feature a wide diversity of cultures and ethnicities all dedicated to preserving the ancient wisdom and spreading the teachings of Kabbalah to all people.