About Daat Elyon

Daat Elyon is an online center for the study of spiritual wisdom and the practice of contemplative techniques. Daat Elyon is a community of spiritual seekers connected by seminars (webinars), weekly teachings and online interaction. Read more…

Rabbi Yoel Glick

Rabbi Yoel Glick is a teacher of Jewish meditation and spiritual wisdom who has been teaching and guiding seekers on the path for over twenty years. He has taught in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Asia and Europe to audiences of all denominations.

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Weekly Teachings

The weekly teachings guide the readers in using the wisdom and rituals of Judaism as a spiritual path that leads to God knowledge. The teachings are both solidly anchored in the Jewish tradition and fully universal in their vision.

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Online Seminars

Join us for a unique series of seminars that offer a profound and expansive understanding of the nature and workings of the spiritual realm.The seminars combine the study of spiritual wisdom with the practice of meditation.

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Books

In his ground-breaking books, Rabbi Yoel lays out a path for seekers to the higher knowledge of daat elyon. His unique approach incorporates teaching from the Rabbis, Hasidic Masters and the Kabbalah with wisdom from the mystical traditions of other faiths.

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Thought of the Day

Through all the vicissitudes of life rest in God, the Self of pure consciousness, the spark of the Divine that is at your very core.

Weekly Teachings

Every Friday a teaching is posted on the site as a subject for study and contemplation during the coming week. Here are the three most recent teachings. To find additional teachings visit the Weekly Teaching Archive.

In the Narrow Straits

On the seventeenth of Tammuz (commemorated on July 5), we begin the period of three weeks of mourning leading up to the solemn day of Tisha B’Av. Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem as well as other tragedies that took place during our long exile.

This period is called “Bein haMetzarim” – “In the Narrow Straits.” The name is taken from a verse in the Book of Lamentations (1:3): “All her pursuers overtook her [Israel] in the narrow straits – bein hametzarim.” The three weeks are a time of obstacles and internal battles. Read more…

God is Near

We tend to think of God as off in some distant Heaven: that we need to traverse a great abyss in order to reach Him – overcome great barriers and obstacles that lie in our way. But it is all a matter of our state of consciousness: If we understand the true nature of reality, then we will know that God is right here beside us at all times, His presence radiating out from everyone and everything that exists.

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Hishtavut: Equanimity

“Once upon a time a lover of secret lore came to an anchorite and asked to be admitted as a pupil. Then he said to him: My son, your purpose is admirable, but do you possess equanimity or not? He replied: Indeed, I feel satisfaction at praise and pain at insult, but I am not revengeful and I bear no grudge. Then the master said to him: My son, go back to your home, for as long as you have no equanimity and can still feel the sting of insult, you have not attained to the state where you can connect your thoughts with God.” [1]

Equanimity is a crucial attribute if we want to make progress in the spiritual life. However, it is a virtue that is not so quickly attained. Read more…

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  1.  Gershon Scholem, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, pg. 97