Why are Celebrities Frequenting the Kabbalah Centre?

Kabbalah Centre is a non-for-profit organization based in Los Angeles. It provides courses on Kabbalistic teachings and the Zohar. The lessons are available online as well as through Kabbalah’s regional centers and study groups around the world.

The roots of the Kabbalah Centre can be traced back to 1922 when Rav Yehuda Ashlag founded it. He was the first Kabbalist to modernize the practice and make it more accessible. He passed his mantle of leadership to his student, Rav Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein, who later apprenticed Rav Berg. This lineage stems the history of Kabbalah Centre.


Over the years, Hollywood celebrities have been fascinated about this practice. One of the first famous figures to embrace Kabbalah was Madonna. The Jewish mysticism enthralled her, and this led her to open up several Kabbalah Centers where she studied the ancient Jewish tradition. After this brave move, many other Hollywood stars such as Britney Spears, the late Sammy Davis, Paris Hilton, the late Elizabeth Taylor, as well as Sandra Benhard followed suit. This only led to the question; ‘why are celebrities increasingly becoming interested in and joining the Kabbalah practice?’

Britney Spear

Britney said that she was interested in the peaceful nature of the practice. She believed in the need to help others and was in the quest for that much-needed peace in an otherwise chaotic world. These virtues only seemed available in the Kabbalah practice. She was introduced to it by her long-time friend, Madonna. She read books and took the time to meditate.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe felt that she had no connection with “fundamentalist Christianity” in which she was brought up with. She was attracted to the Jewish concept of having a close family life, and this led her to convert into the Kabbalah practice. She also liked the works of Albert Einstein which profoundly influenced her decision.

Sammy Davis

Sammy Davis frequented the Kabbalah Centre because he wanted to become part of the 5,000-year-old history and hold onto something that was not just material. He said that the Kabbalah practice gave him inner peace and strength. The Jews have been strong through years of oppression, and he wanted to be part of that strength. Being and African America, a race which has also seen its fair share of abuse, Sammy felt emotionally tied to Judaism and the Kabbalah practice.


Why is Kabbalah so Big Among Celebrities

Hollywood is a funny thing. Once someone jumps on board with something, everyone else has to too. Some do it because they are interested in a legit way. Others do it simply to be part of the crowd. The study of Kabbalah is no different.

Kabbalah Centre actually was an interest to many people, long before Hollywood got its hooks into it. When Madonna began studying it, suddenly it became front page news. Britney Spears made a few visit to the center and than she was labelled as a “follower”, even though that was not the case at all. Pars Hilton made just one visit and she got the same label. If you speak to anyone who studies it, Paris is not even a devotee. She was just there for one visit.

This is what happens. It just takes someone legit to make the news, than everyone after that is considered to be part of it too.

So what gives? Why is it legit for some and not for others?

“Those who come to us want to look at the deeper meanings of life, ask the hard questions. Find out their true purpose. Find out how to get closer to God, you know that sort of thing. Now there are different roads to do this. There are come centers who do it just for the money, taking the truth about Jewish mysticism and exploit it for their own gain. If you really want to study this branch of spiritualism, you need to look for something that is not routed in money. Those who do not ask for money, they are the ones who truly give the name of Kabbalah it’s truth”.

In Hollywood, everything comes at a price. Now there are some stars who do study it for real. They are others who are simply looking to improve their own image, by attaching their star to this spiritual path. Some feel that just by running your hands across some Jewish text, your subconscious will pick it up. By doing this, you will be more closely connected to your true image and to God.

Others say this is garbage. The only way you can be truly connected is to be truly genuine in your actions and your spiritual path. The true Study of Kabbalah teaches us this. You don’t have to be part of the image making machine of Hollywood or pay a lot of money to do this either.

As someone once said:

Hollywood is all about image. What is better than an image that is routed to be closely connected to God?

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