Spirit and Study: Introduction to the Kabbalah Centre

The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit, educational organization created by Rabbi and prolific author, Phillip Berg and his wife Karen to promulgate spiritual realization and the study of the Kabbalah. The central core curriculum of the Kabbalah Centre is focused upon a thorough and intensive study of the Zohar and the Kabbalic Tradition more generally. Despite the fact that the Kabbalah and its attendant traditions have close ties to Judiasm and Christianity, it is not a religious denomination – nor is the Kabbalah Centre a religious institution. Rather the Kabbalah Centre seeks to utilize the notions of spiritual realization and self introspection and contemplation found within the Zohar and other Kabbalic traditions to help individuals find pragmatic ways to self actualization and deal with the myriad problems facing one’s world.

The Kabbalah is an ancient tradition that rose to historical prominence in either the 12th century or the 13th century and is of a perennialist disposition. This means that it was a syncretic tradition, created out of a mixture of pre-Christian, Christian, Hebrew and Judaic mysticism and, more recently, occultism and various New Age spiritual practices. The main goal of the Kabbalah, as illustrated in the core text of the doctrine, The Zohar, is to examine the nature of the self and, once the self is properly understood, realize that individuals placing in relation to other individuals as well as the two realms of being, the Ein Sof, that is, the real of eternity, and the mundane world which it is believed the creator designed expressly for the habitation of man (though this doctrine changes from teacher to teacher).

The Kabbalah Centre, in addition to its central texts also utilizes a great deal of other books and sources to assist its students in the contemplation of freedom, the nature of life, death as well as the potential for every single human being, regardless of their station in life, to achieve greatness and self transcendence. Additionally, The Kabbalah Centre is not a closed, hermetically sealed or elitist organization, but is rather, open to any and all interested persons, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, creed or religion.

IAP Worldwide Services Is Picked For The $ 900 Million U.S. Navy Contract

IAP Worldwide Services is an international company that offers a wide range of service to the U.S. and foreign governments. It is among the five companies that won the indefinite-quantity contract. The Naval Engineering Command Facilities selected IAP Worldwide Services for the Global Contingency Support Multiple Award Contact II worth $900 million. IAP has a history if supporting such contingency-based contracts with DoD entities. Since 1996, IAP Worldwide is the only government services provider to be chosen for all four Air Force programs under the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP).

Under the contract, the company will provide various services to the Navy. They consist of humanitarian efforts and facility support services. Others include incidental construction services to support natural disasters, incumbent breaks in service at different locations in the world that support the Nation’s efforts and a full range of military actions.

Doug Kitani, the CEO and director of IAP Worldwide Services said that the company was pleased to continue serving its customers by delivering the innovative solutions to their complex challenges. He added that their decision to support the Global Contingency Services of the U.S. Navy is a reflection of their determination to maintain high standards of professionalism in solving their customers’ needs. The vice president for Global Support Services, Rick Nohmer, posited that they would carry out the task on a global scale to support NAVFAC.

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About IAP Worldwide Services
IAP Worldwide is a world-class leader in providing aviation and engineering services, IT & communications, infrastructure & logistics, and power solutions. The company is motivated by its undying desire to ensure that the U.S. government delivers its missions in an any kind of environment. IAP Worldwide Services is fully prepared to meet various emerging challenges. The entity’s employees have adequate experience. They can deliver resourceful and effective solutions in the shortest time possible. IAP offers global-scale support to organizations that focus on keeping the United States stable and secure. They ensure that civilians and defense agencies operate in a favorable environment.

In addition, the company supports non-governmental organizations, clients working in remote areas and energy firms. IAP serves these clients through providing infrastructure solutions and engaging in disaster management among many other services. They create and maintain power plants both temporary and permanent. Moreover, they sustain several aircraft programs by upgrading, acquiring and repairing. IAP supports high-tech equipment and systems that improve the performance of many key platforms, thus helping the U.S. government to endure the emerging transformations in the IT industry.

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EOS Excels With Millennial Marketing

EOS lip balm is found in almost every drug store lip care aisle today and many women recognize what it is, but how did it get so popular with the ladies? In a recent article by fastcompany.com, the founders of the company knew that women were their niche market, and simply asked them what they wanted. It is sometimes the most simple marketing initiatives that lead to the most success.

The resulting product that was developed after listening to the responses of their queries was a spherical modern package design housing an all natural lip balm product that was delicately flavored and scented. The lip pods were easy to apply and didn’t leave the fingers messy like other potted balm products. They also catered to women’s want for a product that was enjoyable and beautiful to use in their daily beauty routines. EOS lip balms hit all the marks and was an instant success, especially for their first female buyer at Walgreens.

After the product saw some success at Walgreens the founders of the company decided to invest their money in custom machinery that could make the products in house without the need to rely on an outside manufacturer. This decision enabled the company to branch out to other locations interested in the product, change up their product offering to keep it interesting, and to keep up with demand.

Only after these pods had seen some success did the brand invest in more rigorous marketing with some old school methods like television commercials and print ads in magazines, but also in millennial style advertising that would help them to connect to their target audience quicker. The brand reached out to YouTube beauty gurus and makeup and beauty bloggers who had a large millennial audience to give their product the wider audience that it would be popular with. Check out evolutionofsmooth.com today!


Refinance With Ignition Financial To Lower Your Car Payments

A lot of cars are sold each year. And, it is a fact that due to the high prices of automobiles, most people can’t afford to pay cash for their cars so they need to arrange financing. In many cases, consumers arrange financing through the dealership that is selling the car. The dealership will get their customers a loan that will have monthly payments that the customer finds affordable. But in reality, these dealership car loans are not in the customers best interest. The customer can refinance their car loan with Ignition Financial and reduce their monthly payments at the same time.


You may be thinking: How can refinancing my car slash my payments? Well, you need to understand what goes on behind the scene in the world of auto financing. Car dealers have relationships with many lenders. All of these lenders are in competition with each other to make car loans. So, these lenders make deals with the people who sell cars to encourage them to arrange a loan through their bank.


The banks agree to loan the money at a set interest rate for the car. The dealer is then allowed to add his own interest to the loan that extra money is his to keep. This additional interest can range between 2 to 4 percent higher, or even more. The car dealer can raise the interest rate as high as he thinks he can get away with doing. Unfortunately, consumers are unaware of this process and how they are being duped.


Arranging auto financing is a very profitable part of a car dealers business. When you consider the price of cars, especially a new one, you can see that this extra interest can add up quickly. And the worse part is that you are paying for it all. However, you can take steps to get yourself out of this financial trap that you have fallen into. Refinance your car through a bank that offers lower interest rates.


The financial benefits to refinancing your car are enormous. The first benefit of auto refinancing is that you will have a lower monthly payment. This will free up money that you can use for other things. Or, you can use the money you save every month to make extra payments towards paying down the principle owed on you new car loan. Don’t delay. Refinance your car today to start saving money now.

No Rest for the Weary

There is more legal entanglement involving former Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson, and the former general manager of the team Danny Ferry. Levenson has filed suit against the insurance company known as AIG. He is claiming breach of contract and insurance bad faith. The suit does not include the basketball team’s current ownership group which is headed by Tony Ressler.

AHBE, the Atlanta Hawks previous ownership group, charges that AIG did not acknowledge a policy that was triggered during the handling of the Ferry case. Accusations of breach of contract stem from UCG founder Bruce Levenson not believing that all liabilities were covered during the negotiation process.

Levenson hired Goldman Sachs and Inner Circle to help sell the team, hoping to get a 1 billion dollar value from his investment. The team as reported by Forbes would eventually go to Tony Ressler for the price of 730 million. The present Hawks ownership group claims no involvement in the case between the former ownership team and AIG. Bruce Levenson has not looked to hold anyone currently with the team’s front office accountable for any wrongdoing.

AHBE is seeking various forms of compensation, including lawyer fees to cover the cost of litigation throughout the process. AIG has yet to comment on these allegations.

* http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/11493472/jason-whitlock-bruce-levenson-atlanta-hawks

Decoding the Unprecedented Success of the Fast-Food Chain of Restaurants, Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen has created a business model that has become the envy of the entire fast food industry. Their organic yet healthy and tasty culinary treats are on course to transforming the entire restaurant industry. Their clients’ line up for miles on end, just to grab a meal at any of their 40 locations spread out all across the nation. Everybody says their salads are simply to die for- no pun intended.


Best Salads in the US


Nathaniel Ru, the co-CEO, says their main motivation is to feed people with better food. Asides the sumptuous menu, there’s a whole lot more the other established food chains could learn from the success of Ru’s company. For instance, most of the hotel’s transactions get done via their website or mobile app. Mr. Ru often reiterates that technology is part and parcel of their organizations DNA.


Unprecedented Success


Sweetgreen is the brainchild of three alumni from Georgetown University. Tired of the unhealthy food served at Georgetown; the trio decided to do something about it. From their first shop barely 50 meters squared, they quickly rose up the ranks to become one of the biggest establishments in the nation. To get there, they used their creativity and ingenuity.


Decentralization Efforts


The three founders have a policy wherein they close down their headquarters for five days every year. Instead of working from their lofty HQ’s they opt to go down to their restaurants and interact with their customers. This move helps them to come up with workable solutions and efficient strategies moving forward.




The founders are sons of immigrants. Their parents were also into business. Nathaniel’s advice to young investors is to keep on reading and reading. He also believes in building the spirit of teamwork to achieve goals and targets.




The restaurant chain has received capital funding totaling close to $100 million. The money has come from a broad spectrum of venture capitalists. The backers include the parents of the trio entrepreneurs, the Latino Economic Development Center, Revolution Growth.


About Nathaniel Ru


Nathaniel is an investor-cum-entrepreneur from New York. He currently sits on the boards of two companies: SWTLF Ventures and Sweetgreen. The Georgetown business school graduate has seeded numerous startups. He’s financed LOLA, Bond Street, EatPops and MeUndies at a tune of $15.2 million in total. His all-time favorite food is a little quaint Thai food restaurant known as Johnny Monnis. He admires the place because of its fantastic service.