Kabbalah is a section of Jewish mysticism that attempts to define the relationship between the eternal and unchanging Ein Sof, or infinite, and the finite mortal universe. It tries to define human nature, why we exist, and various other existential questions, in an effort to achieve spiritual realization.
It is not a religion in itself, but its concepts and teachings have been integral in the origins of denominations like Christianity and New Ageism, among other western arcane adaptations. Since Kabbalah’s roots are firmly entrenched in Judaism, the practice uses a lot of Jewish sources in its teachings and demonstrations. So, why are so many non-Jewish Hollywood celebrities flocking in droves towards Kabbalah, to the point that they practice in regularly and even convert to Judaism in some cases?
Since her high-profile involvement, other celebrities have similarly become invested in the practice. These include big names like Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Sandra Bernhard, and the late Marylin Monroe, Sammy Davis, and Elizabeth Taylor.
These celebrity practitioners explain that Kabbalah has helped them eliminate chaos in their lives, cope with trauma, and deal with the minutiae of daily life. Others like the late Sammy Davis we’re drawn to Kabbalah to become part of something with such a rich spiritual and ideological history. The Kabbalah Center explains that these are common desires because the practice provides its adherents with practical tools from the arcane wisdom that help create joy, fulfillment and lasting contentment.
Based in Los Angeles, the Kabbalah Center has been at the forefront of the mystical Renaissance sweeping through Hollywood. The center was started by master Kabbalist Rav Yehuda Ashlag in 1922, after which leadership subsequently passed to his student Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein, and later to Rav Philip Berg. Philip and his wife, Karen, were critical to Kabbalah’s penetration of Hollywood, leading the movement to his death in 2013.
The Kabbalah Center is a global, not-for-profit, multi-ethnic organizations that offer location-based and online Kabbalistic training and guidance to practitioners all over the world. The center has come under some fire from Orthodox Jewish rabbis, mainly because tradition dictates that only Jews over 40 years of age should study Kabbalah.
On the other hand, the Kabbalah Center offers training to non-Jewish practitioners who have, in many cases, not converted to Judaism. However, Philip Berg maintained throughout his life that, by making Kabbalah more simple and accessible to whoever is interested makes the practice more relevant to modern life.