Rabbi Jason Miller wrote on his blog (see below) that Yehuda Berg was “sent packing by Newsweek” because he was no longer on list of the top Rabbis in America. And then Miller questioned whether or not Rabbi Yehuda Berg was actually a Rabbi. This is sad, tragic, slanderous—and at the same time absolutely comical!
Besides being a once-in-a-generation Rabbi, and a prolific Talmud student (he and his brother Michael were always at the top of their class), Yehuda single handedly created the most profound Kabbalistic prayer book (Siddur, Hebrew) in all of human history, without question. I’ll repeat, the most powerful, authentic Hebrew prayer book in history! And if anyone denies that then it merely reveals their profound ignorance of the Torah and genuine Kabbalah. Because any Rabbi who knows anything about Torah would be floored by the siddur. As a scholarly and sacred book of Kabbalistic and biblical wisdom, detailing the inner significance and practical applications of the traditions and spiritual technologies gleaned from the Torah, it stands on its own.
Yehuda’s Weekday, Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shavout and Passover Siddur’s incorporate the most advanced and erudite collection of meditations from the Kabbalists in history. And just as important, all the prayers and the inner meaning of every word and letter are explained in with stunning clarity.
In fact, do you ever wonder why your prayers go unanswered?
The Kabbalists of history will tell you the reason point blank: All the Hebrew prayer books out there are missing the Kabbalistic codes and sacred Names of God that activate the very power of a prayer. Lacking these Kabbalistic meditations and the Zohar’s sophisticated technology, all of the daily and evening prayer connections are considered useless. That is not a misprint? The very sages who composed the prayers, rites and rituals associated with the Bible will tell you it’s all useless without the Kabbalistic understanding and codes! This is why the world has never changed despite all the prayers. It’s a hard truth. A difficult one to swallow. And if you don’t want to swallow it, then don’t. The Kabbalists believe deeply in the idea of free will. You can live in denial and keep on suffering, keep on praying in vain. Or give up on prayer all together. The choice is always ours.
It’s not coincidence that Yehuda Berg’s students and the Kabbalah Centre students are the ones who have the most poignant and striking miracles stories every year, over the last 30 years. But of course the world has no idea about this. The rest of the world just reads the lies and falsehoods that are printed to no one’s detriment but the people who write it and the people who read it.
Then there is Yehuda Berg’s Kabbalistic commentary on the Five Books of Moses incorporating the long hidden wisdom of the great Kabbalists of history. Never before has there been books of the Torah containing these ancient secrets that go back to Rabbi Akiva and his student, the giant of all Kabbalists, Rav Shimon Bar Yochai.
The people who study and live Kabbalah, using these various tools, we all get something from this technology. Every day. Every Sabbath. Which is why I, personally, continue to do so after 22+ years. Everyone I know who learns at the Kabbalah Centre and works hard at all the connections, like the Rosh Hashanah event, Passover event, etc., do so because we see our lives change. We experience the change. Year after year. It’s not easy. It’s actually deeply challenging and difficult, like a tough spiritual diet and a demanding spiritual exercise regimen. But it works. Incredibly! And so we all shake our heads at all those skeptics who speak cynically without ever having experienced the power that Kabbalah brings to everything we do. We experience the magic of this ancient wisdom, which is the de facto seed of the Torah, the New Testament and the Koran. Those few who slander do not experience this power and dramatic change. So who are the ones really laughing here and who are the ones really suffering?
Sadly, this has been the pattern throughout history.
And the true work of genius that is the siddur of Yehuda Berg is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of revealing his spiritual greatness and his breathless depth of wisdom. His knowledge of Torah Law (Halakha) is second to none in the world. I would put him up against any Rabbi or scholar in the world. His photographic memory allows him to read the entire Torah, the Scroll of Esther, the Scroll of Lamentations literally from heart. And if you want a deep, Talmudic and Kabbalistic explanation of each verse, each word and each letter, their are only handful of people in history — and less than that in our generation — who can share that with you.
Now, to be fair to the other side, they have no idea who Yehuda Berg is. Or Michael Berg. Or Yehuda’s father, the renowned Kabbalist Rav Berg. And no one on earth has any conception of who Karen Berg is. But that’s because the persecution of the Kabbalists and the dishonoring of their character is part of their path.
But we students can speak up—if we care about the rest of the world. We are not here to justify or prove or dignify the ridiculous, foolhardy and comical negative comments. We are here to correct the lies and share the truth because we know the power of what Kabbalah can do in the lives of others. Even in the lives of our detractors. There is too much judgement in the world. We need to share with mercy and love and “judge”others the same way we want to be judged. Inside, they too are sparks of the divine. And our own selfish egos is what helps give them power. So we too are responsible for their ignorance of the truth.
So make no mistake, Yehuda Berg makes himself an easy target for cynics, especially Rabbis who are ridiculed for the most part by the vast majority of secular Jews.
Yehuda has made himself a man of the people. He does what the great Kabbalist known as The Baal Shem Tov did—which is to embrace everyone, all the scoundrels, rascals, thieves, egomaniacs, and just plain ordinary folks from all walks of life. He talks with Presidents, dignitaries, religious leaders from all faiths, celebrities, factory workers and construction workers with the same intensity of love, attention and care for their soul, wanting zero in return.
Of course, no one has to take my word for it. What rabbi has millions of devoted and diverse followers, readers and students? Jealous rabbis come up with lame and pathetic excuses to justify their inability to attract a passionate and fervent local congregation, let alone a worldwide movement, by slamming and lying about the successful ones.
And make no mistake: Yehuda Berg is not just a “successful” Rabbi. His a successful human being. First and foremost. That is why he never refers to himself as a rabbi.
He is a teacher and a student. A friend and a mentor. An angel and a human being. Call up any of his students around the world, from Brazil to Israel, and among Christians, Muslims and Jews. And they will all say the same thing.
But what happens? A few uninformed people spew negativity and then a few papers print that negativity and that becomes the prevailing view among the people who could benefit most from the awesome, healing power of Kabbalah. How ironic. How sad. What a waste.
More important than all of his learning and all of Yehuda Berg’s impeccable credentials, is the man’s heart and his impact on the lives of people. He does not simply teach and educate students. After all, what good is being “smarter” and”educated” if one is still miserable, unfulfilled, sick, lonely, addicted or depressed. Or worse, in denial of any of these. Rather, Yehuda does what the Torah commands all Israelites to do for all nations:
Become a Light.
Yehuda Berg transforms lives. Period. Same way the great Kabbalists of Poland, the Ukraine, and Israel did in previous centuries. He dives into people’s lives head first, taking on their pain, their worry, their heart and soul, far beyond even what the person realizes. And then he helps effect a repair upon the soul. The effect that he had on my life, my wife’s life, and upon the lives of our four children is simply too deep for written or spoken words. Anything I could possibly write or say would only diminish the truth and so I’ll say no more, but promise to share a few heart wrenching, soul stirring personal stories for another article in the near future.
Rabbi Jason Miller wrote that Newsweek had removed Yehuda from the list of Top Rabbis in Newsweek.
It wasn’t true. Whether Yehuda Berg was listed or not listed makes zero difference to the Kabbalah Centre or him personally. Zero.
The point being made is this is another blatant example of the falsehoods written about the true spiritual giants of our generation.
Turns out that another Rabbi caught Miller in the act of spreading falsehoods.
But the real question is—and it cuts to to the heart of why people like me despised organized religion when growing up—why did Rabbi Jason spend even five minutes of his life slandering another Rabbi in his blog? Why not share some Torah. Some pearls of wisdom. Some positive, healing sentiments. Perhaps some spiritual tools and technology that can help all of us remove our ego and our negative view of others. After all, if one is a true Rabbi, he can tell you that removing the ego, the evil inclination and all negative speech is what the entire tTorah is about. That’s it.
Yet here is a Rabbi that did the very opposite. Instead of preaching Love Thy Neighbor (which is the single most important precept of Torah, all other precepts are only a methodology for bringing us to that level of consciousness known as Love Thy Neighbor) this Rabbi did the opposite: He spoke ill will of another human being. Why was he rummaging through Newsweek’s list of top Rabbi’s searching for Yehuda Berg’s name? Why did he say it wasn’t there any longer when it was?
It was a lie. And he got caught telling it.
And then he redacted his statement on his blog. But he did not apologize.
And then he raised an ugly question as to whether or not Yehuda was a Rabbi. If Miller took 30 seconds to search online, he would have found out Yehuda’s credentials and he could also check out every single one of them. For the record, after being born and raised in Israel, Yehuda went to the United States, where he attended and graduated from the world-respected Yeshiva Rabbinical Seminary of America, in New York. Afterwards, he took up study at New York Yeshiva Shar Ha Torah, followed shortly thereafter by his ordination as rabbi from Yeshiva Knesset Israel in the Holy City, Jerusalem.
Now that all of this is cleared up, Rabbi Jason, apologize. Let’s find reasons to come together instead of finding false reasons for creating conflict between people just to elevate our own status.
Apologize and I will send you a set of Yehuda Berg’s Prayer Book for you and your family so that it will generate true blessings and healing and good fortune.
I know once you feel that Light, that spark of divinity that is inside all of us, will become enflamed. And then from a negative situation, we can turn it all around bring about healing, positivity and a glimmering ray of Light.
The ball is in your court. The darkness in our world is waiting for you to do your part; to light a candle by subjugating your ego as the Torah commands us to do.
And by doing so, you will repair a portion of this world and Jews, Christians and Muslims will feel it that glint of Light in their soul. Otherwise the Torah, the Zohar and the spiritual giants of history were wrong about everything.