Madonna’ interest in Jewish mysticism and her move to open and invest in a Kabbalah center sparked the desired to study the Jewish tradition among many Hollywood stars. Some of the notable figures in the industry that have expressed interest in Judaism include Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Sandra Bernhard, the late Sammy Davis and the late Marilyn Monroe. The question as to why they join Judaism always arises.
As per Sandra Bernhard, Kabbalah has helped her greatly eliminate chaos in her life. Paris Hilton concurred with these sentiments too indicating that the Los Angeles based Kabbalah Center was the heavenly spot she would go to cope with her split from Nick Carter. She said that the place helps her deal with her life. These sentiments are similar among celebrity students in Kabbalah. According to the center’s website, Kabbalah is ancient wisdom that equips one with practical tools for joy and lasting fulfillment. It offers a detailed understanding of the particular aspects of our lives.
To others, it is more than just dealing with personal issues. The late Sammy Davis’ motive was to hold on to non-material thing that gives him strength. He was attracted to Judaism because it is based on spiritual peace and honesty. For others, it is the desire to help others and the lack of connection with the fundamentalist Christianity like the late Marilyn Monroe.
Other Hollywood Kabbalah fans, however, have not been quite sincere with their intentions. Britney Spears talked about being interested in Judaism, but after splitting with her husband, she renounced religion. Later on, she developed interests in Hinduism. Her insincere actions prompted criticism from Orthodox Jews against Hollywood Stars studying Judaism at Kabbalah Center. They stated that the center is not undersigned by rabbis. Kabbalah, traditionally, is to be studied by Jews over 40 years of age hence lessons to young non-Jewish people goes against this. The late Rabbi Philip Berg, however, thought that simplifying Kabbalah makes it more relevant in the modern life.
About Kabbalah Center
Kabbalah Center International is based in Los Angeles and provides Kabbalistic Zohar courses. The center is composed of multi-ethnic staff of teachers offering the studies and guidance to its student community. The community has strong beliefs on the concepts of Astrology, light, Klippot, and sex.
Some of the notable celebrities that have been associated with Kabbalah Center include Madonna, Britney Spears, Anthony Kiedis, and Demi Moore, among others. Other than providing teachings, the Kabbalah Center engages in philanthropic acts like donations to non-profit organizations and engaging in volunteer work and charitable courses.