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 middle path is called the path of the Shekhinah, because the Divine Presence only dwells where there is harmony and balance, where there is unity, wholeness and peace.

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.

Without Reward

The Ethics of the Fathers 1:3 declares:

“Do not be like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward, but rather be like servants who serve their master without the intent of receiving a reward.”

This is a hard teaching to fulfill; all of us have mixed motives in our spiritual life.

Some are serving God out of a sense of duty, others are looking for emotional fulfillment, and still others seek fame and acclaim. Even among those few that truly want God there is also a preponderance of motives. Together with sincere longing there is also a desire to be a great spiritual being, or to be freed from material obligations, or to reach spiritual highs and experience other planes of consciousness.

In trying to explain the right way to approach this teaching, the Hasidic Master, Dov Baer of Mezeritch gives the following analogy.

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As We Are

Before his death, the Hasidic Master Reb Zusya of Anipol said:

“In the world to come, they will not ask me: ‘ why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me: ‘Why were you not Zusya?’”[1]

We each have a job to do for God. It is a task that has been given to us and no one else. It is a role for which we are uniquely suited. We have been given the specific skills and attributes that we need to fulfill our personal mission. They are within us and not outside of us. They are part of us and not someone else.

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  1.  Martin Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, Book I, p. 251

Manna – Food from Heaven

When Swami Vidyatmananda, a westerner that had joined the Ramakrishna order was a probationer, he went to India to visit the headquarters of the Order. One day, he decided to leave the ashram in the outskirts of Calcutta and go into the city for the day to do some shopping. When he told his superiors his plans, one of the swamis inquired as to what he would do for food while he was there. He told the swami that he would simply go to a hotel to eat (thinking to himself that he could get a good western-style meal that way). The swami responded to his idea by suggesting that it would be better if he went to the order’s ashram in the city for his meals and offered to phone them for him. The swami then went on to explain that the members of the Order avoided eating in hotels and restaurants because of the low spiritual vibration of the food there.

“Food not prepared with devotion, not prepared with the idea that it is to be offered [to God] in the shrine – but just devised impersonally for making money by people with their minds full of gross thoughts – can adversely influence your spiritual growth.” [1]

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  1. John Yale, A Yankee and the Swamis