The Kabbalah International Center is a non-profit organization that was developed by Philip Berg in 1965. The organization has tutors from different ethnic backgrounds who offer guidance, counseling, and training to its global student community. Rav Yehuda Ashlag initially established the Kabbalah International Center in 1922. Back then, it was known as the Yeshiva Kol Yehuda. After the death of Rav Yehuda Ashlag, Rav Yehuda Brandwein succeeded him. Rav Yehuda Brandwein then passed the responsibility of continuing the legacy to Kabbalist Rav Berg.
Berg is the Director of the Center, alongside his wife Karen and their two sons, Michael and Yehuda. The headquarters of the Kabbalah International Center are in Los Angeles. The offices were opened in 1984. There are other branches in Milan, Warsaw, London, Toronto, Manhattan, Moscow, Caracas, Berlin, and Mexico City. The teachings of the Kabbalah are based on the Zohar. It is the central sacred text of the Kabbalistic wisdom. The Zohar decodes the mysteries and explains the universal spiritual system that is described in the Bible.
The Kabbalah Center’s teachings are based on practical methods that don’t emphasize on the knowledge of Jewish and Hebrew texts as prerequisites. Kabbalahism believes in the existence and coexistence of different religions in the world. It views that the various religions that are present are an indication of the particular branches of universal wisdom.
The Kabbalah teaches that every human being should be concerned with how they relate to God’s nature, rather than God Himself. The Kabbalah teaches its student community that God is beyond human understanding and comprehension. However, the nature of God can be understood, and it is known as the Light.
The Kabbalah International Center believes that astrology has always been a part of Judaism. Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies as a means of divining information about terrestrial events and human affairs.