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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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

On Simchat Torah, we are no longer content with mere intellectual learning or even inspirational insight; we want to meet the Lord from whom the Torah has come.

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.

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Praying for Heavenly Rain

R. Assi pointed out a contradiction [between verses]. One verse says: And the earth brought forth grass, referring to the third day, whereas another verse when speaking of the sixth day says: No shrub of the field was yet in the earth. This teaches us that the plants commenced to grow but stopped just as they were about to break through the soil, until Adam came and prayed for rain for them; and when rain fell they sprouted forth. This teaches you that the Holy One, blessed be He, longs for the prayers of the righteous.

Talmud Chulin 60B

The holydays of the month of Tishri are the spiritual highpoint of the Jewish year. They provide spiritual intensity, personal transformation and the experience of ecstatic joy. By the time we reach Shemini Atzeret, it has become clear to us that we cannot live without inspiration: we need this higher input in our lives as surely as our lungs need air to breathe.

This is the spiritual truth behind the above midrash about Adam Rishon. We are the seeds planted in the earth of this physical plane of consciousness. We cannot grow and truly become alive until heavenly rain starts to fall to nourish our souls. Read more…

Succot: A Shelter of Faith

In the Kabbalah, the succah is called tzilah demehemnutah – the shelter of faith. In the Talmud, we are told that the succah is symbolic of the clouds of glory that watched over the Children of Israel in the desert. True faith shelters and protects us as we travel through the desert of this physical world. Read more…

Yom Kippur: The Purifying Power of Ayin

Rabbi Akiva said, “Happy are you Israel! See before whom you purify yourselves, and who it is that purifies you? Your father in Heaven! As it is written, ‘And I will throw pure water upon you, and you will be purified.’ (Ezekiel 36:25) And it is written, ‘The Mikvah [ritual bath/purifying pool] of Israel is God.’ (Jeremiah 17:13) Just as a Mikvah purifies those who are impure, so does the Holy One purify Israel.” -Tractate Yoma 85B Read more…