Kabbalah is difficult to understand at first because so many people, over thousands of years, have, deliberately or ignorantly, confused the facts.
It’s often described as the mystic heart of Judaism. Although it’s currently popular with many non-Jewish celebrities and ordinary worshippers, and for hundreds of years was promoted and co-opted by non-Jewish occultists and numerologists, it is highly connected with religion as practiced by Jewish people since even before Moses received the Torah in the Sinai Desert. However, that does not mean every religious Jew knows about or believes in Kabbalah. At one point in history rabbis did not teach anybody Kabbalah centre until they were at least 40 years old.
According to the Kabbalah, people’s spiritual lives begin with their relationship with the essence of God, which is Light. God himself is beyond comprehension. Everyone has a connection with the Light, but often it’s blocked by klippot, which blocks spiritual energy from entering the physical body. Violence and bad behavior add to klippot. Studying and practicing Kabbalah remove it.
Historically, Kabbalah incorporates astrology, reflecting its concern with the forces of the universe, as reflected and revealed by the stars and the planets.
This world was created, Kabbalah teaches. And every one was born into it to accomplish one purpose. The Creator wants everybody to have complete fulfillment.
Rav Yehuda Ashlag founded the Kabbalah Centre where Madonna and others now study and worship in 1922. It’s a nonprofit organization dedicated to make Kabbalah principles known to ordinary people so they could apply them in their daily lives. They promote Kabbalah as a way of making the work a better place, not as books to study. They admit the Kabbalah means different things to different people. If the field was unified throughout the existence of ancient Israel, it would make sense that Jewish mystics and scholars spread throughout Europe and the Middle East during the past 2,000 years would diverge. The Kabbalah Centre supports all interpretations.
According to the Kabbalah Centre, it’s an ancient wisdom that predates even the Bible and all organized religions. It teaches the inner truths of Creation and the laws of the universe to help students. They now have branches in 40 cities around the world and, of course, an extensive presence online.