Last week, I went on a spiritual tour of Israel with some of our students from around the world. We visited many places, including the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron—the burial place of the patriarchs and matriarchs (from the Bible), and the Idra Rabba—the place where Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai revealed the Zohar, the primary text of Kabbalah. In Bethlehem, we visited the Church of the Nativity where we had lunch with the priest who is responsible for the church, the governor of Bethlehem, and many other amazing people of different faiths and walks of life. Together we spoke of peace, tolerance, human dignity, and the spark of Light that exists within all of us, regardless of who we are, what we believe, or where we come from. I've mentioned this before, but we will never be able to bring peace to this world or create any real lasting change unless we can establish a binding of people based on the spark of the Creator that is within each of us. Whether we pray lying down, standing up, or on... Read More
This weekend is Lag B’Omer, the day that Rav Shimon bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, left the world. This particular point in time gives us a great spiritual opportunity: the opportunity for renewal, to be who we are, and to reach greater heights. When we get stuck inside ourselves, we are already full. The Creator has no room to help us. But when we turn and busy ourselves with others, then we have the opportunity to grow on our spiritual level. One such powerful example of this concept was demonstrated by a group of Kabbalah students from Mexico who, in June 2011, put in the time, effort, and energy to share the Zohar in Chihuahua, Mexico.* Prior to the distribution, I had met with the governor of Chihuahua, Cesar Horacio Duarte Jaquez, to discuss the situation in his state. One of the poorest states in Mexico, Chihuahua also had one of the highest violence and homicide rates in the Western world. This team of Kabbalah volunteers distributed close to 5000 copies of the Zohar .... Read More
Normally, we think of surrender in one way. For example, I don’t know how many of you have seen the movie Life of Pi, but in it, the main character finds himself in the middle of the ocean without food, without water, and with nowhere to go. Eventually, in his desperation, he calls to the Creator and he says, “Okay! I give myself to you! I surrender!” That’s one kind of surrender. But that’s not the surrender I am talking about. There is another form of surrender-aggressive surrender- which is when I can say to myself, "I am prepared and I am willing to do whatever I have to do in my work to learn how to get to spiritual elevation, to apply the tools, and to not fall back on my old habits of being a victim and saying things 'just happen'." Because the truth is that things don’t ‘just happen.’ There is no such thing as a coincidence. The kind of surrender I am talking about is having the certainty that if we dot all of our i’s and cross all of our t’s and we are on a spiritual journey... Read More

Karen BergYOUR 7 DAY SPIRITUAL COMPASS by Karen Berg

Karen Berg, Spiritual Leader of The Kabbalah Centre, has committed her life to introducing the teachings of Kabbalah to the world and to expanding the role of women in spirituality and in the global community.  Read Karen's Bio

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In the midst of such chaos in my life, I have been able to find peace through studying Kabbalah. Without any doubts whatsoever, I would highly recommend anyone to call. I am so thankful for The Kabbalah Centre, because it has made all the difference in my spiritual growth and development.

 

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Kabbalah is the best gift I have had this year. But it did not come easy. It is a result of a lot of hard, focused, and disciplined work my teacher guided me through. Often I had to go out of my comfort zone to apply the tools. But the satisfaction and confidence I now feel is indescribable.

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