Here’s a reprint of a blog I posted back in 2012 about Kabbalist Rav Berg. It’s always powerful to read and reread stories about the giant Kabbalists as it draws their soul to our lives. It also awakens our own soul so that we have the strength to keep battling the ego and the doubts and the worry that plague us. This changes the world.
Remembering the magic of that evening back in November 27 of 2012 will bring that magic to your life right now.
After all, time is an illusion and as the Rav wrote in his book Power of One, “Kabbalah leads us to a state of mind in which we are connected with the infinite continuum, where time, space and motion are unified, where past, present and future are entwined, where everyone and everything are interconnected, where then is now and all is the power of One.”



A few months ago, I received a question on my Facebook page from Brazil from Hannah Bendavid. She asked me if I knew anything about the 12th century Rabbi and Kabbalist Abraham Ben David, also known as The Rabad.

I asked her why she wanted to know, because not many people know about him.

Hannah told me that her family were direct descendants of this great Rabbi who lived around one thousand years ago.

Well, as it happens, I knew something very special about this medieval Kabbalist. About 12-13 years ago, Rav Berg told me privately that he was The Rabad, the Rav was Abraham ben David in a previous life. The details and significance of that connection is a whole other story that I will share another time.

Anyway, that happened a few months ago.

Today, I received a call from Meir Yeshurun, one of the teachers at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles. He asked me what I knew about The Rabad.


Because tonight we were going to learn all about The Rabad with Kabbalist Rav Berg at the Rav’s house. I shared a few amazing things with Meir that connected Rav Berg and The Rabad (I will tell this another time) and then I hung up the phone.

Literally, one minute before I was about to shut down my computer to go to the Rav’s house I received a message on Facebook.

It was from Hannah Bendavid in Brazil.

She asked me if there was any chance that I was going to see the Rav in the near future. I was going to see the Rav in about thirty seconds! In her text she asked me if I could ask the Rav for a new Hebrew name for her mother, Marie Ben David, because Hannah thought it would be amazing to get a new name “from The Rabad directly.”

Hannah was lovingly referring to Rav Berg in his previous incarnation as The Rabad. This was a nice comment from Hannah but she had no idea whatsoever that tonight I was going to have a class at the Rav’s house ALL ABOUT the Rabad, Abraham Ben David!

That was an amazing connection.

So, I went to the Rav’s house and told Meir Yeshurun the story. We were all amazed by the coincidence and the Rav had a sly smile on the Rav’s face the whole time.

I then asked the Rav if the Rav would give a new Hebrew name for Hannah’s mother. Then we began to study.

As we learned about The Rabad, we found out that Rabbi Isaac Luria, Chaim Vital and other great Kabbalists throughout history all said The Rabad was the absolute greatest of them all. He was responsible for opening up the doors of Kabbalah in the Middle Ages. He was the first!

Anyway, Meir Yeshurun was reading a document about The Rabad and then it gave the date of his death.

The Rabad, Abraham ben David died in the year 1198 on November 27.

We all looked at our iPhones and watches.

Our eyes widened in shock!

Today was November 27th!

We were learning all about the Rabad on his English death anniversary without even knowing it, on the very same day his direct descendent Hannah Bendavid texted me after many months to ask the “Rabad”, Rav Berg, to give a new Hebrew name for her mother.

We were thrilled with all of these connections and the energy in the Rav’s house was captivating. The Rav sat their with the most amazing knowing smile and a twinkle in the Rav’s eye.

When the learning was over, no one wanted to leave. We sat there basking in the glow of the Rav’s smile. Meir said he was tingling with energy.

Truly, an amazing, enlightening and magical evening.




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Billy Phillips has been a student of Kabbalist Rav Berg and Karen Berg since 1989. He has been instrumental in helping to make Kabbalah accessible for the masses working on both private and public projects under the guidance of Kabbalist Rav Berg. He has lectured on a variety of topics, most notably the profound connection between Kabbalah, Christianity, Islam and the world of Science.

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1 Response

  1. Rajel says:

    What an amazing story of life!!! Let me share mine with your permission.When i started to know kabbalah and understood the importance of the name, i asket to my teacher if it would be possible… In that time Beny Ricardo was my teacher. So he told me, would you mind if i ask and have the permission of Rav Berg? Of course not! Would be a greatest honor for me!! Time went on and some day Beni made me a ´phone call and she told me.. Rav Berg has chosen your new name, do you want to know it? I told him of course not! Nobody borns knowing the name so i will spent ’till you decide the day it will be changed…. I owe to tell that all my life since i started to learn kabbalistic astrology in my deep inner side i asked to H’shem, if it is necessary to reincarnate for me, please send me in Sagitarium, and nobody knows it… The day that my beloved Benny Ricardo gave me a phone call he told me… Be prepared ’cause your name will be changes in next rosh hodesh!!! Wow… Rosh hodesh Kislev!!! NOBODY KNOWS IT, NOBODY!!! Just the Rav could know my deeper inner desire to reborn to my new spiritual life…. The greatest surprise was in the shabbat that the hassan pronounced my spiriutal name for the first time, and he stated to the audience this name woul be gaved me from the Rav Berg himself… Rajel…One friend of mine told is perfect for you is exactly what you are!!! Thnks a lot dear Billy and Blessed be my beloved Rav in the Light of H’shem!!!!!

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