The teachings of Kabbalah span over 4,000 years. The ancient wisdom was closely guarded for centuries, and only a select group of men over the age of 40 were able to become students of Kabbalah. Rav Ashlag first introduced the idea that Kabbalah teachings should be more widely accessible back in 1922. It took many years for it to finally come into fruition, but finally in 1984 Rav Philip Berg and Karen Berg, his wife, began teaching Kabbalah to students all across North America.
The Kabbalah Centre was essentially born out of the desire to provide more people with this wisdom. If you happen to visit a Kabbalah Centre or study group today, you will bear witness to people from all walks of life learning together. There are now over 40 brick and mortar Kabbalah Centres and study groups in the following areas: San Juan, Puerto Rico, Brooklyn, New York, Los Angeles, California, Ivory Coast, and several more locations all across the world. Rav Ashlag’s vision is now crystal clear, as we see more and more people unleashing the wisdom of Kabbalah into their daily lives.
The Kabbalah Centre has adapted dramatically to suit the fast pace of our advanced world, but amazingly, they have never strayed from the roots of the Zohar and traditional Kabbalah wisdom. Students are equipped with not only the knowledge that The Kabbalah Center provides them with, but they now also have several avenues to access sacred texts, reach out to other students, find volunteer opportunities, and listen to recorded teachings in order to stay focused in their practice. The Kabbalah Centre has come a long way from technological standpoint, but they have been rooted in ancient wisdom for centuries.
In a society once dominated by organized religion not so long ago, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) indicates that a secular shift is gradually taking place concerning religious beliefs, or the lack thereof. Some employees as Boraie Development (blog.nj.com) have learned that the latest CFI survey shows that nearly 23 percent of Americans (agnostics, atheists, and the nothing-in-particulars) aren’t necessarily bound together by affinity, yet collectively they’re the second-largest group in the country, only to be outnumbered by Evangelical Protestants at just over 25 percent. In what appears to be a growing trend, religiosity may be taking a back seat to newer generational value systems espoused by millennials, which is based upon random sample population inquiries over the last decade or so.
According to Reddit, millennials are taking up a greater share of the secular increase; in 2007 the lay population in America totaled 16 percent and has steadily climbed by roughly one percent each year.
Ronald A. Lindsay, CEO of CFI, sees a nation that is slowly breaking away from the strictures contained in various religious doctrines and relying more on the tangibles in life, as opposed to the invisible hand that seemingly writes the fate-ordained grand narrative script for religiously bound Americans.
Lindsay also seems to feel that the country is slowly adhering to the doctrines crafted by America’s founding fathers, who largely favored deism during the 17th and 18th centuries. In short, deism is a belief in God guided by reason rather than revelation; one of its main principles is that God set the cosmos into motion and does not interfere with outcomes.
Even though church and state are designed to be separate, Lindsay is disappointed by how very few politicians are openly nonreligious; Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson are living proof that faith-based denominations may play a heavy role in which of the 2016 presidential conservative nominees make the final cut.