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History

All of the teachings of The Kabbalah Centre are based on the ancient texts of Kabbalah such as, The Zohar and the writings of the great 16th century Kabbalist Rav Isaac Luria (the Ari).

The inner understanding of these foundational texts has been passed down directly from teacher to student over the course of 4,000 years. In 1922, The Kabbalah Centre founder Rav Yehuda Ashlag completed the first translation of The Zohar from the ancient language of Aramaic into modern day Hebrew. This was a pinnacle moment in Kabbalah history, for it marked the first time Kabbalah was made available to the layperson. After the passing away of Rav Ashlag, Rav Brandwein, his closest student, continued the dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah. Rav Berg studied with Rav Brandwein for years and the two became very close. Upon Rav Brandwein’s passing, the leadership of The Kabbalah Centre was handed to Rav Berg. As a reflection of this legacy, The Kabbalah Centre is privileged to have the original correspondences between Rav Brandwein and Rav Berg, showing their deep connection.

The Centre is proud of its success in delivering this ancient wisdom in modern language so people can use it to better their lives. To this end, The Kabbalah Centre presents countless books and meditation guides. Perhaps most important, is the first complete, unabridged, 23-volume English translation of The Zohar, by Michael Berg. Over the centuries there have been partial translations - but never a complete literal translation.

HISTORIC TIMELINE


■ABRAHAM – 4,000 YEARS AGO
■RABBI SHIMON BAR YOCHAI – 70 B.C.E.
■“THE ARI” RABBI ISAAC LURIA – 16TH CENTURY
■RABBI ABRAHAM AZULAI – 17TH CENTURY
■BAAL SHEM TOV – 17TH CENTURY
■RABBI MOSHE LUZZATO – 18TH CENTURY
■RABBI NACHMAN OF BRESLAV – 18TH CENTURY
■RABBI YEHUDA ASHLAG – EARLY 20TH CENTURY
■RABBI YEHUDA BRANDWEIN – MID 20TH CENTURY
■RABBI & KAREN BERG 21ST CENTURY