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Marriage And Sexual Behavior In The Teachings Of The Kabbalah Centre

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The Kabbalah Centre is a new religious movement that seeks to disseminate the teachings of kabbalah to a universal audience. Kabbalah Centre teachings are an elaboration and interpretation of the kabbalistic writings of Yehuda Ashlag (18851954). Kabbalah Centre teachings are based on the creation myth common to kabbalistic theosophical speculation. One of the foundational stories for the Kabbalah Centre teachings on sexual ethics is the biblical story of the Garden of Eden. The reflexive relationship of the lower and upper worlds means that restraint, giving, and receiving are simultaneously physical and spiritual events within the earthly and metaphysical realms. The Kabbalah Centre presents a fairly conservative view of gender roles in general and within marital relationships in particular. The Kabbalah Centre movement presents its teachings as the cure for ailing interpersonal relationships, dysfunctional sexual behavior, and unexciting and emotionally dead marriages.

Keywords: Kabbalah Centre teachings; kabbalistic writings; marital relationships; sexual ethics



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