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Chagai Shouster found Kabbalah on Mount Everest, or rather, Kabbalah found him.
Chagai had dreamed of going to Mt Everest, and when he got there after leaving the Israeli army in 1995, his life changed forever. There he met a student of the Centre and had his first taste of Kabbalah. He was immediately attracted to the simple and clear wisdom Kabbalah lays out to understand life. When he got back to Tel Aviv, he signed up for Kabbalah 1, and has spent every moment of his life since then dedicated to bringing The Rav and Karen’s vision for human dignity, unity, and the removal of pain and suffering, to the world.
Chagai has been a Kabbalah teacher for almost 15 years now, spanning the globe in locations like Tel Aviv, London, Boston, Las Vegas, Orange County, CA and now New York and Florida. He has played a major role in the mission of the Centre by spreading the teachings of Kabbalah all the way to Istanbul, where he started the first Kabbalah Centre study group in Turkey.
His teachings are filled with the simplicity of kabbalistic wisdom, and he is particularly talented at helping others take what seems complicated and make it simple. “Every single problem has a simple solution,” he says, and his goal is to share the spiritual tools needed to find these solutions. It is therefore no surprise that he loves teaching Kabbalah 1 and 2.
Using the wisdom of Kabbalah personally, he has learned how to change himself and become a better person. He shares with his students the tools that are necessary for the process of transformation, helping them to remove their negativity to become a better person, a better channel of light, and a person living the life they are meant to live – a life of never-ending fulfillment.
On the 33rd day of the Omer, a positive, intelligent energy is transmitted throughout the universe. Rav Shimon bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, chose to leave this world on this day. He did so because it is a day on which, every year, a massive amount of Light is revealed throughout the cosmos that removes all darkness. By leaving the world on this day, Rav Shimon formed a bridge into the spiritual realm, fusing with and giving us access to that powerful Light. In the twelve years that Rav Shimon spent studying the Torah and revealing the Zohar in a cave, he completely transformed himself. He went through a spiritual process to remove all traces of the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone, and became a true being of sharing. On Lag Ba’Omer, we can connect to the soul of Rav Shimon, elevating our consciousness to a point that we can repair any separation from the Light. Through our connection, we can go back in time to negative events and correct our actions and intentions at the seed level. We can follow Rav Shimon’s example and use his assistance to transform ourselves, drawing infinite blessings while washing away selfishness and negativity.
Kabbalists view Shabbat (the Sabbath) not as a day of rest, but of intense spiritual work and connection. From sunset Friday evening through Saturday night, the kabbalists revealed a system of prayers, songs, meals and reading a portion of the Torah that provide us with the Light and nourishment that cleanses our ego and helps us to manifest our potential.
Shabbat is a time to come together with the Kabbalah community in celebration and song, as we share a meaningful meal. We close the week mindfully, while setting intentions and sowing seeds for an abundant week ahead. Join us for a rejuvenating evening as you experience the transformative power of a Shabbat meal with our vibrant community.