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

The more one goes on, the more one realizes that spiritual practices, knowledge and personal effort by themselves are not enough. To realize God, one needs God’s blessing: Without His/Her grace, nothing can be accomplished.

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.

Infinite Ways

“A god whom one could serve only in one set way – what kind of God would that be!”

The Seer of Lublin [1]

“Just as people’s faces are different one from the other, so their opinions are also different one from another.”

Midrash Tanchumah [2]

“The Midrash is telling us that in the same easy manner in which we accept that another person’s face is different than ours, we should also accept that another person’s opinion can be different than our own.”

Menachem Mendel of Kotsk [3]

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  1.  Martin Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, Book I, p. 313 
  2.  Midrash Tanchumah, Torah portion Pinchas # 10 
  3.  Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Kotsk, Emet veEmunah, p. 95 

Two Spiritual Approaches

After breaking bread, one should recite the following prayer:

“For the sake of the union of the Holy One Blessed be He and His Shechinah [the Divine Presence], I am not eating for the pleasure of my body but only so that my body will be strong and healthy to serve God, and may no sin, transgression, wrong thought, or physical enjoyment [during my eating] prevent the union of the Holy One, Blessed be He, with the holy sparks that are in this food and beverage.”

Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk

Reb Yaibe, one of the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov, teaches that there are two types of spiritual seekers. One type eats so that he can have strength to serve God and does not pay much attention to the manner of his eating. The other eats in order to raise up the sparks in the food and therefore puts enormous care and concern into the way that he eats.  Read more…

In Our Thoughts

Krishna Bhikshu, one of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s long-time devotees, told the following story about an incident that took place one lunch hour at the ashram:

“In the early years of the ashram everyone who was present when the bell went for lunch would be invited to eat with us. On one occasion a number of visitors were sitting in the hall. When the bell rang, everyone started moving to the dining hall except for one man whom nobody knew. Invited to join us, he refused and continued sitting, apparently in deep meditation.

“Bhagavan [Ramana Maharshi], who had started to eat, was told about the fasting visitor.

“He commented, ‘the man wants a job. How am I to get him a job?’…

“After the meal everybody returned to the hall. The new visitor was still sitting there.

“Bhagavan looked at him tenderly and said, ‘Come on, instead of meditating on a job while you are hungry, you can meditate when your stomach is full.’

“Everybody laughed. The visitor got up and silently left for the dining hall.” [1]

Acknowledgements    (↵ returns to text)
  1. Power of the Presence, David Godman