There was a time when Madonna confided that she had an interest in the teachings of Kabbalah and almost immediately, everyone in Hollywood wanted to get an experience of the same. Others such as Elizabeth Taylor, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears have all expressed some level of interest in the teachings of Kabbalah. The teachings have been followed so keenly by some of the stars that they even converted into Judaism to understand it well. The trend has made a lot of people wonder what it is about the teachings of Kabbalah that makes people get hooked to the teachings.
Sandra Bernhard followed the teachings at some point and said that it as the best experience of her life. She stated that learning the ways of kabbalah helped her deal with the chaos that had been part of her life before she knew about the teachings. She was happy about the sense of peace and calm that she had gotten after she started listening to and following the teachings. Another star that talked about her experience with the teachings is Paris Hilton. She stated that the teachings are what helped her deal with the nasty time that she went through after split from now ex, Nick Carter. She confessed that for a long time after the split, the only place she could go to for some real comfort was the kabbalah center. When she went for the first meeting, she was given a bracelet and then she felt the freedom to open up about the breakup. She made it a habit to visit the center as often as possible and it helped her get her life back together and read full article.
At the core of the teachings of Kabbalah is the need to help people understand how to live a joyful and fulfilling life. The teachings have been proven to completely change the manner that people view the world. To most of the devout followers, kabbalah is the soul of the Torah, which is the religious teachings of the Jewish people; it is seen as a way of God making an interaction with the world. There are other Hollywood stars that have joined the kabbalah teachings, not to resolve any crisis but to be part of the thousand years of history that are part of these teachings and learn more about Kabbalah.
There are kabbalah centers that have been established in various cities around the world. They will serve as hubs where learning about the ideals will take place. The Kabbalah centers are in Los Angeles, Europe and other locations around the world.
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.
Previously thought to be a sure sign of risk-averse behavior, it appears that the use of the word “God” can lead people to act in a riskier fashion than perhaps they normally would. Following a study done at Stanford, evidence suggests that in amoral situations, individuals may be given a false sense of security when hearing or seeing “God”, and as such, will participate in riskier behavior or activities. This theory was tested by providing individuals with the chance to click on ads on social media sites, the same ads existing in two versions, one with the word God and one without. In the case of the skydiving ad, the God version received double the amount of clicks as the other. By contrast, in an ethics based ad (i.e. bribery lessons), the God version saw the number of clicks halved as opposed to the God-less version, loosely confirming risk averse behavior in explicitly moral situations.
This research is quite peculiar though said Haidar Barbouti. There is no real mention of who these people are who are clicking these ads, which has a huge impact on how the word “God” affects them. Believers would certainly be more likely to be swayed in the direction desired by the researchers, so simply confirming their predetermined hypothesis by setting up their study to include Christians would be incredibly misleading. This study contains too many variables to accurately assess this proposed conclusion.
John Kerry became the first US secretary of state to have met Prime Minister of Bhutan, a small Himalayan state. On the sidelines of a summit of international investors, on Sunday, in the Indian state of Gujarat (west), Kerry met with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, a Bhutanese graduate of the American University of Pittsburgh.
Asked what motivated this unprecedented meeting, Mr. Kerry highlighted the fact that Bhutan had “made a transition to democracy,” explaining want to “work with them on their economies.”
He referred to a government ‘very progressive, very, very interesting in the region “and stressed that the United States wanted to encourage the country” to continue on this path.” John Kerry became the first US secretary of state to have met Prime Minister of Bhutan, a small Himalayan state. From what Igor Cornelsen has read.
Nestled between China and India, Bhutan has largely built its reputation on the “Gross National Happiness” promoted as an alternative development. It is interesting to note that Washington has no embassy in this country, but its ambassador in India is accredited for the Buddhist kingdom of some 750,000 souls.
Bhutan had started process of democratization and modernization under the leadership of former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who had passed a constitution and held elections. He abdicated in December 2006 in favor of his son crowned in November 2008, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, now aged 34, the fifth “Dragon King”, nicknamed the “Prince Charming.”
As someone who grew up with multiple religious backgrounds and ultimately settled on believing very little, I’ve always been open to learning about different religions without bias. Jared Hatfel and I talked about religion throughout the years. I’ve dabbled in Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, spiritualism, and others to some degree. Though I’ve never practiced myself, one of the most interesting encounters I’ve had with religion was when I was invited on a date to attend a satanist convention. I went to a presentation on Satanist beliefs (delivered by my date) and left surprised about how little I actually knew about Satanism. The people at the convention were friendly and excited to hear about my religious adventures. None of them pressured me to convert nor did they scoff at my Jewish/Lutheran upbringing. It was refreshing to talk to a religious group that did not shame others for their own choices and I ended up having a great weekend (though there was not a second date.)
I think about that weekend often, especially when I see articles that highlight how afraid people are of religions they do not belong to. I’ve remained firmly agnostic even after being welcomed into groups of all different types, but oddly the one religion that has always been the least accepting of my background is Christianity. Growing up Christian, I never put much thought into why something like Satanism was wrong, I just knew it was. But nowadays I look back on those times with disdain because it seems to me that modern satanists are doing a better job of “Loving Thy Neighbor” than their Christian counterparts.
It seems as though we keep hearing about movies that are banned from countries due to the controversies they stir. Last week it was :The Interview” and this week it is Exodus. The movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” was banned from Egypt due to the inaccuracies of the movie. If you would like to know more about the banning of the movie, here is a great article that talks about what led up to the movie being banned: embed link here
It is understandable why Egypt is not happy with the movie’s finished results. They have a rich culture and history that is often misrepresented by media (specifically Western)because the media is more interested in exuding an exotic quality rather than getting the facts straight. This happens way too much with other cultures, especially Egyptian, but the banning of the movie is going to be ineffective. People will still be curious to see the movie and by banning it, Jared Haftel knows that all that did was heighten the interest to see what they are missing. As we saw with “The Interview”, the movie was nothing more than crude humor by trivializing a serious situation in North Korea. The Interview made huge headlines and there was so much controversy but the movie was nothing more than a middle-tier comedy. If people want to watch Exodus, there are many ways to watch it and by banning it, people are just more interested to see the movie than judge it for its factual past.
The annual series of Holiday displays placed in the State Capitol building will this year feature a series of non traditional displays, including a tableau by the Satanic Temple. After a number of years of trying to have a display placed in Florida’s Capitol for the Holiday Season, the New York based Satanic Temple has finally been permitted to do so,RTreports.
The permission from Florida to place a tableau by the group on the grounds of the State Capitol is seen as the latest step in the Satanic group seeking permission to place a statue on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Florida’s state legislature has previously ruled out displays by the group that are traditionally put in place on Dec 22, this year will see the first approved display that will join efforts by the Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
In response to the decision to allow the display a spokesperson from the Florida State Capitol building stated the religious freedom and freedom of speech afforded in Florida was extended to all people of any religious beliefs. This story was shared with me by friend of the site Darius Fisher.
Dave and Brit Morin say that the upsurge in atheism may be linked to the Internet. People’s ability to find information on the Internet makes it harder for churches to control what their followers read and learn — especially if those items conflict with the tents of a given faith.
Several months ago, Allen Downey of the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts examined the increase in the number of people who claimed they had no religion that began back in the 1990’s. He found multiple causes including increasing levels of college education and decreasing pressure from families, but he also found that the Internet may be responsible for as much as 25 percent of the decline in religious belief. Downey reasoned that exposure to the varied thoughts and debates on the Internet may be persuading people to abandon their religions.
The Church of Latter Day Saints has had to contend with the Internet. Mormon historians recently put out a collection of essays concerning such matters as polygamy, the ban on black members, and other items that make the church look bad. Since the Mormon church is a young one, information about its founders and leaders is readily available — and hard to deny. A lot of it is also available on the Internet, much to the chagrin of a church that used to be able to control its followers’ access to information. The Mormon elders worried that reading about polygamy on Wikipedia rather than any church-approved authority could lead to resentment or anger towards the church.
President Obama’s endorsement of net neutrality makes things worse for the larger churches. Gutting net neutrality would enable internet providers to offer tiered services, with larger and wealthier organizations like big churches being able to pay for faster, better service.
A recentarticle in Salonmakes the case that the Internet is gradually weakening the influence of religion, primarily by being searchable, allowing for more extensive debating of the topic, and making it easier for atheists to prove their points by providing relevant links. The point is made that the Internet might also make it more difficult for religions to continue to be the only or leading source of information for their followers.
Among the evidence cited is that the Church of Latter Day Saints found it necessary to publish a series of essays dealing with things in the Church’s history, such as polygamy and a ban of Black Church members. Also cited is Pope Francis’s attempts to (in some athiests’ views) make the church seem more humane and modern.
While there may be some truth to these assertions, Jared Haftel and I think it would be more accurate to say that the Internet is detrimental to congregations or churches which have become blighted by authoritarianism and ignorance. A broader exposure to different points of view and a wide scope of information should help deal with such issues, which are not the true essence of the religions.