Once Madonna became fascinated with Jewish mysticism she opened a Kabbalah center and studied the Jewish tradition. Numerous stars became interested including Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sandra Bernhard and Sammy Davis. According to Sandra Bernhard the Kabbalah was responsible for eliminating most of the chaos in her life. Paris Hilton says the Kabbalah Centre helps her in dealing with her life. The Kabbalah is the provider of practical tools used by an ancient wisdom to create fulfillment and joy. The Kabballah is said to be the soul of the Torah and the insight into G-d’s essence.
The oppression of thousands of years has made the Jews strong. Judaism itself has a spiritual peace and an honesty many people lack in their lives. Elizabeth Taylor converted to Judaism because of her interest in the Kabballah Centre. During her activism for Israel she offered to exchange herself for the 100 Israelis being held hostage at the Entebbe Airport. Marilyn Monroe converted to Judaism because she felt it embraced a close family life and allowed her to identify with the underdog. For Britany Spears the Kabballah was a fad and her belief did not endure. Many Orthodox Jews are critical of the stars who have studied Kabballah. There has been criticism because the Los Angeles Kabballah Center offers lessons to non-Jewish stars.
The Kabballah Centre International is located in Los Angeles, California and operates on a non-profit basis. They offer Kabbalistic teachings and courses on the Zohar through study groups, in centers and online. Philip and Karen Berg have developed the presentation of the Kabballah. They have a staff of teachers offering guidance and study of the Kabballah to students worldwide.
Rabbis originally believed the Kabballah’s mysteries were so complex they could only be taught to devout male students over forty. For this reason many traditionalists believe the Kabballah Centre is a perversion of the ancient and secretive traditions of Judaism. The Kabballah Centre was founded in 1965 in the United States. The Centre was called the National Research Institute of Kabbalah.
The Kabballah Centre in Los Angeles did not open until 1984. The organization has fifty branches all over the world with the major branches located in Toronto, London, New York City and Los Angeles.