Educate, connect and inspire to bring positive personal and social change through the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah.
Bnei Baruch San Francisco
For almost 20 years Bnei Baruch San Francisco has been an authentic Kabbalah study center for people of all backgrounds and levels of advancement.
We host a variety of activities: beginner, intermediate and advanced classes; open houses; picnics and other Kabbalah themed social gatherings; as well as advanced daily group study of the morning lesson broadcast from Israel.
Our instructors are advanced students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. We are non-profit and do not have any employees. We are constant connection with, but not financially supported by Bnei Baruch Israel. Our center is funded solely by donations by our local friends. It is our pleasure and privilege to welcome guests of any level of interest and to share knowledge and insights.
Bnei Baruch Worldwide
Bnei Baruch is a diverse movement of many thousands of students worldwide. Each student chooses his or her own path and intensity, according to one’s personal conditions and abilities.
In recent years, the group has grown into a movement engaged in voluntary educational projects, presenting genuine Kabbalah sources in contemporary language. The essence of the message disseminated by Bnei Baruch is unity of the people, unity of nations and love of man.
For millennia, Kabbalists have been teaching that love of man is the foundation of the people of Israel. This love prevailed in the days of Abraham, Moses, and the group of Kabbalists that they established. Love of man was the fuel propelling the people of Israel to extraordinary achievements. In times when love of man shifted to unfounded hatred, the nation declined into exile and affliction. If we make room for these old-but-new values, we will discover that we possess the power to put aside our differences and unite.
The wisdom of Kabbalah, hidden for millennia, is now stepping out. It has been waiting for a time when we would be sufficiently developed and prepared to implement its message. Today it is emerging as a message and a solution that can unite the factions in and between the nations and bring us all, as individuals and as a society, to a far better state.
History and Origin
Michael Laitman, Professor of Ontology and Theory of Knowledge, PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah, and MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics, established Bnei Baruch in 1991, following the passing of his teacher, Rav Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (The Rabash).
Dr. Laitman named his group Bnei Baruch (sons of Baruch) to commemorate the memory of his mentor, whose side he never left in the final 12 years of his life, from 1979 to 1991. Dr. Laitman was Ashlag’s prime student, personal assistant, and is recognized as the successor of Rabash’s teaching method.
The Rabash is the firstborn son and successor of the greatest Kabbalist of the 20th century, Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag. Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag is author of the most authoritative and comprehensive commentary on The Book of Zohar, The Sulam Commentary (The Ladder Commentary), the first to reveal the complete method for spiritual ascent. This is also the reason for Ashlag’s epithet, Baal HaSulam (Owner of the Ladder).
Bnei Baruch bases its entire study method on the path paved by these great spiritual leaders.
Online Education Center
Free live online interactive courses are taught by Bnei Baruch certified instructors to help new students learn foundations of authentic Kabbalah. Check out Kabbalah Education Center website for more information and schedules.
Bnei Baruch is a non-profit organizations for teaching and sharing the wisdom of Kabbalah. To maintain its independence and purity of intentions, Bnei Baruch is not supported, funded, or is otherwise tied to any government or political entity.
Since the bulk of its activity is provided free of charge, the prime source of funding for the group’s activities is tithing, contributed by students on a voluntary basis. Additional sources of income are Dr. Laitman’s Kabbalah books that are sold at cost, and donations.