Nearly 100 years ago in 1922, the Kabbalah Center began with Rav Yehuda Ashlag. He wanted to share the wisdom, and worked towards making it more accessible to others. When his time was done, he assigned the task of leadership and responsibility for spreading the wisdom to Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein who in turn passed the responsibility to Rav Berg.
The true beginnings of Kabbalah can be traced as far back as the 13th century. With the study of the Kabbalah becoming ever more intense, its concepts were combined with traditional Jewish beliefs and rituals. Belief of the souls movement through different stages were incorporated into religious teachings. By the 1800’s Kabbalah had become popularized throughout Europe and the Middle East by uncounted thousands seeking its wisdom.
One of them was Rav Yehuda Ashlag who later founded the Kabbalah Center. Born in 1885, he was still a young boy when he began studying Kabbalah, and became greatly interested in the work of Rav Isaac Luria (the Ari) from the 16th century. By the time he reached 36 his passion took him to Israel where he devoted himself to bringing Kabbalah out of the shadows into the light where everyone would benefit.
Rav Ashlag had a dream to bring the Kabbalah to 20th century mankind. He deeply felt that this would bring salvation to the many, not the few. In his eyes, every human was a potential vessel for God’s light, and with the right encouragement Kabbalah could change the path of mankind. Now, there are Kabbalah centers all over the world, and it spreads a little farther each day toward enlightenment for the entire human race.
In 1971 Rav Berg and Karen Mulchin married, but even before then she had convinced him to help her study Kabbalah. After a time he agreed to this and she became the first woman to publicly study it. Rav Berg said that he may have taught her about Kabbalah but she taught him about people. The day came when she told her husband they should share this wisdom with all men, women and children. At first he refused this rebellious notion, but eventually he agreed with her and together they changed the path of Kabbalah to include all humanity.
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