Kabbalah is kind of a mystical side of Judaism. It is sometimes even referred to as a cult, yet it remains quite popular, nonetheless. Famously, Madonna practices Kabbalah. Ultimately this series of teachings has a goal of trying to explain the connection between the infinite and finite. Kabbalah is also a denomination of Judaism, while parts of it are used by other religions that adapt parts of it to their own teachings.
Ottoman Palestine was perhaps the most wicked to those of Jewish faith. Those of Judaic faith have suffered repeatedly throughout history. Judaic prophets often times could only come up with the idea that Jewish people had collectively angered their God, and that all this punishment was a repercussion. It is no wonder that during the 16th Century, in Palestine, Kabbalah grew in popularity; throughout history Jewish people have clung to any scintilla of hope that might carry them through tragically awful times.
Kabbalah is, in its very essence, a series of teachings about health, relationships and careers, and many of its principles are universal, which is also why parts are easily adopted by those of other faiths. The Kabbalah Centre, in Los Angeles, California, concentrates its efforts on providing courses in the bible, or Zohar, of Kabbalah. The Centre was founded in 1965 by Philip and Karen Berg, and the current headquarters was opened in 1984.
Kabbalah is a mystical side of Judaism, and borne of mysterious facets of this complex religion. For this reason, traditional Judaic people encourage anyone interested in learning more about Kabbalah, to have reached a certain age, or 40, and also to have a very strong background in the understanding of Judaism before even embarking on learning more about Kabbalah. The Kabbalah Centre does not have these sorts of requirements that they place on those interested in learning this aspect of Judaism. They can take classes to learn more, without having several years of immersion in Judaic studies.
The way in which the centre starts new students is by teaching practical methods that essentially serve to negate one needing previous understanding of Judaism. For example, the Parting of the Red Sea, or the Passage of the Red Sea, are spoken of not as narratives of a story that some believe may have happened, but are considered to be quite definitive, and those that have actual historical merit. Finally, one of the most important tenets taught at the Kabbalah Centre is that all students should develop a relationship with the essence of God, or the light, and they must not try to have a relationship with the incomprehensible, but actual God. More information for the Kabbalah Centre is available on their Facebook page.