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DIRECTOR, THE KABBALAH CENTRE
Michael Berg is an author, scholar, and spiritual leader. Through his lectures, books, and blog, Michael seeks to inspire students to develop a personal and growing connection to the Light of the Creator. Ultimately, the purpose of his work is to teach people how they can transform and achieve true and lasting fulfillment.
As the son of kabbalists Rav and Karen Berg, Michael immersed himself in the wisdom of Kabbalah from the age of 14 and on, waking up almost every night at midnight until 4am to study the teachings with his father. In addition to being a native English and Hebrew speaker, Michael is an expert in ancient Aramaic and, as such, a true kabbalistic scholar. He edited and translated the first ever unabridged 23-volume set of the English Zohar, the ancient Aramaic text that is at the very core of kabbalistic thought – a monumental task which he began at the age of 18 and finished ten years later.
Michael lectures worldwide and is a best-selling author who has developed a global following with books such as Secrets of the Bible, Becoming Like God, Well of Life, The Secret, and The Way. His acclaimed work includes the translation and editing of central kabbalistic texts The Wisdom of Truth, And You Shall Choose Life, and On World Peace - all by Rav Ashlag, founder of The Kabbalah Centre. His books – almost 20 thus far – have been translated across the world into 10 languages.
In 2007, Michael created the Zohar Project, a grassroots volunteer movement dedicated to bringing the power of the Zohar to every corner of the world. Since then, Zohar Project volunteers have helped to disseminate hundreds of thousands of Zohars to people from all walks of life in all areas of the world that are in need. Michael is also the Creator and Director of Kabbalah.com, the online learning platform of The Kabbalah Centre, which offers kabbalistic wisdom in multiple languages to anyone who wants to learn.
Michael brings a great deal of joy to the teachings of Kabbalah, delivering insights and classes that are read and watched by thousands each week on Kabbalah.com. Michael currently lives in New York with his wife Monica and their four children, David, Joshua, Miriam, and Abigail.
All of the spiritual work we do on the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot culminates in the celebration known as Simchat Torah. The Zohar explains that restriction already exists on Simchat Torah; therefore it is a festive day in which we can sit back and enjoy the Light. On Simchat Torah, we experience the revelation of all of the Light of the Torah, known as Surrounding Light. Surrounding Light is the union of past, present and future, and allows us to rise above the illusion of time to eliminate chaos from our lives. Surrounding Light is already with us, but it must be awakened to truly become a part of us. This is why, on Simchat Torah, we dance around with the Torah: The process of dancing makes the Light become part of us. And when we achieve unity with the Light, we reunite with our timeless, limitless—perfect—selves.
The next illuminating step along our spiritual journey, Kabbalah 3 aims to help you apply kabbalistic tools to your life in a practical manner. Covering an array of life subjects, such as relationships and finances, this essential course delves into some of the more profound teachings of Kabbalah, such as the true meaning of Shabbat and the High Holidays, the benefits of the Ana Beko’ach prayer, the spiritual significance of reincarnation, and much more. Join us for a powerful course as we explore a series of complex kabbalistic concepts and tools that can take you to your next level.
In Kabbalah 1, you learned the basics of the path to fulfillment. In Kabbalah 2, things get personal. Now we begin to delve deeply into advanced topics, striving to fulfill your true purpose through your relationship with yourself, other people, and the Light. Kabbalah 2 gives you the opportunity to work with a teacher one-on-one to help you apply the teachings in a way that’s practical and relevant to your daily life. Join us as we delve into profound concepts from ancient texts, such as the five levels of the soul, and engage in relationship workshops and kabbalistic meditations for transforming your stress into success. This is where we start to truly live Kabbalah.