Kabbalah is the Jewish mystical system with roots gong back to ancient rabbinical treatises on the five books of Moses. Kabbalah principles found concrete expression in the medieval writings of Jewish exiles in Spain, particularly The Zohar of Moses de Leon. One element to the teaching of Kabbalah is the concept of the Tree of Life.
This idea appears in a number of religions, but is especially significant in Judaic tradition. It is mentioned in Genesis as remaining in the Garden of Eden, guarded by cherubim with flaming swords, after Adam and Eve’s expulsion. It is also mentioned in the Book of Proverbs and the non-canonical Book of Enoch.
While the concept is not essential to Kabbalah, it helps portray the path from Divine to Human through the ten Sephiroth, or stages of Wisdom:
1. Kether (Crown)
2. Binah (Female)
3. Chokmah (Male)
4. Chesed (Judgement)
5. Gevurah (Strength)
6. Tiphareth balances Chesed with Gevurah.
7. Hod (Divine will)
8. Netzah (Divine action)
9. Yesod, where divine forces pass to reality
10. Malkuth, our material world.
Together, these Sephiroth represent the path from God to Mankind. In their groupings on the Tree of Life, they also represent the Three Pillars of Wisdom and Adam Kadmon, Man perfected. Between these Sephiroth are twenty-two paths and a complex system of lesser connections. By studying these relationships and their meaning students of Kabbalah gain a greater understanding of the Universe and their place in it.
The Kabbalah Centre International dates back to an influential Kabbalah school of 1922 Jerusalem. Today headquartered in Los Angeles, it connects thousands of people from many religions and countries around the world. The Centre’s instruction is based on The Zohar, providing a spiritual basis for connecting and supporting new generations drawn to the principles of Kabbalah.
The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization built and driven by a community of volunteers to disseminate the teachings of Kabbalah. Under the direction of the family of Phillip Berg, who first opened the American Kabbalah school in 1969, the Centre has helped to provide meaning and inspiration to thousands of students.