About the Kabbalah Center International
The Kabbalah Center is an international non-profit organization with its headquartered located in Los Angeles, California. The Kabbalah Center provides Kabbalistic teachings and the Zohar courses online as well as through study groups and regional-based centers across the world. It was founded in the United States by Rev Yehuda Ashlag and Philip Berg in 1965 as the National Research Institute of Kabbalah. The institute has a multi-ethnic, international teachers offering online and offline training and guidance to all its students worldwide.
The traditional Judaism held that the mystery of Kabbalah was sophisticated and easily misunderstood by students, mostly males. As such, they would be discouraged from approaching the Kabbalah teachings with a strong Jewish background until after 40 years of wisdom according to the Mishnah. In fact, some traditionalists perceived the Kabbalah Center as a perversion of the old and mysterious tradition of Judaism. As a non-profit organization, the Kabbalah Center International is exempted from federal income tax.
Belief in astrology
The Kabbalah tradition asserts that astrology has been part of Judaism and that astrology was studied by the Jewish scholars throughout the middles ages. However, belief in astrology was opposed by some philosophically inclined thinkers like Maimonides. According to the Kabbalah traditions, cosmic forces affects everything and aspirants of Kabbalah should do everything within their capacity to understand them.
According to Yehuda Berg, a former teacher at Kabbalah Center, men should refrain from masturbating as sperms reproduced without sex does not serve its purpose. Furthermore, Yehuda Berg discourages men not to orgasm before women as it orgasm before women as it injects selfishness during the act of making love. Other Yehuda’s thoughts on sex are that men should not orgasm with the women positioned above them, as women draw energies from below instead of above and that people derive most light from sex that occurs after Saturday midnight.
How Kabbalah Center relates to religion
According to Kabbalistic views, all widely held religious and spiritual beliefs reflects universal wisdom. As such, religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam resembles Kabbalah’s teachings. As such, Kabbalah presents itself as a supplement to other faiths and not as an alternative.