Throughout the centuries, Kabbalah has encouraged its practitioners to develop deeper connections within themselves and thread those connections throughout the world and the universe. Its esoteric tradition was a closely guarded secret for hundreds of years, and only an exclusive group of men were allowed to enter and study and its secrets. Then, in the 20th century, Rav Ashlag decided it was time for Kabbalah to spread its light across humanity.
Rav Ashlag created a legacy that was carried on by his student Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein and Rav Brandwein’s student, Philip Berg. Berg worked to spread knowledge throughout their circles in the United States but it was his future wife, Karen Mulchin, who taught him that the Kabbalah might be taught to more than just an elite group of scholars.
Beginning in the 1970s and 80s, they wrote and published books on the Kabbalistic tradition in English, and founded the first Kabbalah Centers in 1984. The Kabbalah Centres are non-profit religious education centers, not just for Jews but for everyone. It was a radical departure from traditional understandings of Kabbalah, but one in keeping with the spirit of Rav Ashlag’s mission. There are over 40 Kabbalah Centres is worldwide, and after Philip Berg’ stroke, Karen continues to carry the mantle first lifted by Rav Aslag at the beginnings of the 20th century.
Even though the Kabbalah Centres emphasize the afterlife, it also says to live the best life one can while on Earth. While overindulgence is discouraged, following one’s desires and passions is highly encouraged because it lets the individual spread their light and truth to others. The Centers teach that having feelings and loving things is not shameful or bad, but part of living our best lives here on Earth.
Even clothes can have deeper spiritual meaning. First impressions are very important, and clothes will change how others perceive you and your intentions. By dressing carefully and meditatively, a person can reflect the light and kindness of their soul through the clothing that they wear. Ultimately, everything is meant towards sharing the light of a person’s soul into the universe.
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