In recent years, a number of A-list celebrities from the world of entertainment have made a high-profile and very public embrace of the spiritual practice of Kabbalah. They also have endorsed and contributed to the many activities and programs of the Kabbalah Centre, headquartered in Los Angeles.
Part of the reason for a recent uptick in the celebrity trend can certainly be attributed to international super-popstar Madonna. Probably because everything Madonna does makes news, her fascination and devotion to Kabbalah generated much interest, including influencing several her V.I.P. friends to also find out what Kabbalah could do for them.
But long before Madonna, some of the biggest stars also sought Kabbalistic teachings. That included such luminaries as Elizabeth Taylor, Sammie Davis Jr. and even Marilyn Monroe. Even though they had fame, millions of dollars and enjoyed wide acclaim from an adoring public, these celebrities found much in their lives severely lacking. They were hungry for a deeper spiritual connection that no amount of earthly material rewards could deliver.
It is not uncommon for a number of the biggest name celebrities to show up at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles, where they mingle with all the “ordinary folks” there seeking spiritual knowledge and a more meaningful connection to their fellow human beings. At the Kabbalah Centre, they aren’t treated like celebrities – they’re just accepted as fellow travelers.
It’s interesting to note that it wasn’t just a desire for personal attainment or self-fulfillment that attracted Hollywood giants to Kabbalah. They also wanted to find a way to give back to the world, and especially find a way to help other people. Madonna, for example, has been frequently quoted in the press saying that she believes “we are put in this earth to help people.” For her Kabbalah and the Kabbalah Centre offers a perfect vehicle to get the job done.
Yes, for some stars, flirting with Kabbalah was a short-term “phase” or fad — but many others found a lifetime grounding in something that is much larger than themselves.
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