Kabbalah has seen a surge in recent years and big name celebrities are a big part of the reason why. Madonna, Britteny Spears, Sandra Bernhard, and Paris Hilton have all made headlines for studying these ancient form of Jewish mysticism.
In particular, Madonna seems to be the most devoted of practitioners. She has stopped performing on Saturdays, attends services at the prestigious Kabbalah Centre in LA, and studies regularly with a rabbi from the Kabbalah Centre. She has said that she believes that we have a purpose in life and that she wants to spread the joy and love that is the study of Kabbalah. Since she has converted to Judaism and began studying Kabbalah, she has introduced some of her celebrity friends, such as Britney Spears to the Kabbalah Centre. Recently she was seen taking her son, Rocco, to prayer services as an attempt to help repair their relationship and learn more about Kabbalah Centre.
Madonna is not the only celebrity to have converted to Judaism or to start studying Kabbalah. Sandra Burnheart, who was raised in a conservative Jewish household starting studying Kabbalah at the Kabbalah Centre after she became famous. She started to return to her roots and found that studying Kabbalah and following its teachings helped her to reduce more than 80% of the chaos in her life.
Sammy Davis Jr. also converted to Judaism later in his life. While it is not known if he studied the Kabbalah, he did find faith and peace in some of the more mystical aspects of the religion and more information click here.
The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angles was founded in the 1920’s by Rav Yehuda Ashlag. In 1965, a branch of the Kabbalah Center was opened in the United States in Los Angles. Rav Yehuda Ashlag wished to modernize the ancient wisdom that is found by studying the mystical Jewish teachings known as Kabbalah. While Kabbalah is traditionally only studied by Jewish men over the age of 40, he believed that many other people were capable of understanding and interpreting the ancient texts and using it to help improve their lives and the lives of the people around them and Kabbalah’s Website.