When Madonna started studying the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles, all of a sudden, other non-Jewish celebrities started showing up in droves, with some even converting to Judaism in the process. Elizabeth Taylor took the ideas she studied at the Kabbalah Center to heart and converted, becoming an advocate for Israel.
Several celebrities have said that Kabbalistic teachings bring them clarity and helps cope with Hollywood’s stresses, however, there are always a few who show up because it is trendy, they seek publicity or they are shopping for spirituality. Britany Spears for example, appeared less than sincere, which prompted criticism from Orthodox Jews, who resented the Kabbalah Centre’s policy of allowing gentiles to study Kabbalah. The late Rabbi Philip Berg, however, saw no point in denying men and women spiritual wisdom, if they used what they learned to help them reach their full potential.
While the Kabbalah Centre’s headquarters is in Los Angeles, where the majority of celebrities attend classes, residents of over 40 cities worldwide may visit a Kabbalah Centre to learn more about the ancient wisdom. In addition, online classes serve individuals who don’t live near a branch. Study options include non-scholarly classes for individuals who seek practical tools to make their life better or advanced classes for intermediate students.
The Kabbalah Centre’s draw is that it takes esoteric principals and makes them relevant to people’s everyday lives. One of the first principles they teach is that the ego causes problems because it encourages people to believe they are separate from others. When students at the Kabbalah Centre learn to act for the benefit of others, they connect with the light, which allows them to experience fulfillment. It’s easy to see why celebrities would find this aspect of the Kabbalah Centre appealing.