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.

Standing in the Light

“You have set our wrongdoings before You, our hidden sins before the light of Your countenance.” – Psalm 90:8

When we hold an object at a distance from a light source, it becomes lost in the shadow, and all its imperfections remain hidden from us. However, if we move the object closer to the light, every detail will be clearly illuminated, and all its defects will stand out.

The Hasidic Master, Nachum of Chernobyl, believes that the same principle applies to the spiritual life:

“The farther one is from God”, he says, “the more a person will seem righteous and worthy in his own eyes. And it will seem to him that he is fulfilling everything as he should be and is lacking in nothing. The closer he gets into God’s presence, the more he will feel his imperfections and lacks. And this is the sign for a true worshipper of God – the more he feels his imperfection, the more he is bound to God.”  Read more…

In the Narrow Straits

On the seventeenth of Tammuz (July 15), 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…

What do We Need?

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord, does man live. - Deuteronomy 8:3

The Hasidic Master, Yisrael of Kosnitz, teaches that there is a close correlation between the spiritual nature of an object and the degree to which it is accessible to us. He gives the following example to illustrate his point.

Food, which is the power of the earth, has to be sought after and is purchased with money. Drink, which is the power of water, and therefore more spiritual, is a lot more easily obtained with relatively little charge. And air, which is the power of spirit, is available virtually everywhere for free. Read more…