In North America, there is a stunning movement away from the major religions. More people, especially younger persons, are declaring themselves spiritual but not religious or agnostics or atheists. While the Abrahamic religions are loosing ground, there is renewed interest in mystery religions and so-called fringe religions.
One religion gaining adherents is the study of Kabbalah. An aspect of Judaism that is complex and easily misunderstood. The study of the Kabbalah was not encouraged until male adherents to Judaism reached the age of 40 and had a strong knowledge of Jewish Law.
The headquarters for this resurgence of Jewish mystery religion is in Los Angeles, but courses are available online and from a chain of Kabbalah centers that have sprung up around the world.
The latest incarnation of this mystery religion was made possible by the efforts of Philip Berg and his wife, Karen.
The Kabbalah has attracted numerous celebrities as adherents. Madonna has been involved in the study since 2004. Mick Jagger, Alex Rodriguez, Roseanne Barr, Britney Spears, Lucy Liu, Rosie O’Donnell, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, Misha Barton, Ariana Grande and Lindsay Lohan have all been involved in the study of the Kabbalah.
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