We live life on a superficial level. We are unaware of the world around us and the people in front of us. There is a deeper and more meaningful level of reality that we can learn to access. We access this deeper reality through daat elyon.
Daat Elyon is the term used in the Kabbalah for the higher knowledge that arises out of the direct experience of the spiritual realm. Spiritual knowledge is not like other knowledge. It cannot be learned through mere intellectual study. Spiritual knowledge comes from inner experience. Our weekly teachings guide the seeker along the path that leads to inner experience. Our seminars combine the study of spiritual wisdom with the practice of meditation.
The Kabbalah speaks of two types of knowledge: daat elyon, the higher knowledge, and daat tachton, the lower knowledge. Daat tachton relates to intellectual ideas, facts, and figures. Daat elyon is a direct experience where we merge with the object of our investigation, and comprehend its true nature as it exists in the Mind of God. Daat Elyon lies at the heart of the inner life. It is the catalyst underlying all spiritual evolution and growth.
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 thirty years. He has taught in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Asia and Europe to audiences of all denominations from Orthodox to Reform and Jewish Renewal. He has also spoken in gatherings of other traditions, as well as in several interfaith settings.
Yoel was born in Toronto, Canada and received his BA from the University of Toronto and rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in New York, as well as from the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
In 1981, Yoel moved to Israel with his wife Nomi where he founded Mercaz Hochmat HaLev (The Center for the Wisdom of the Heart), a center for the study of Jewish spirituality in the Old City of Jerusalem. Many of today’s leading figures in Jewish spirituality took part in Hochmat Halev as teachers and students.
During his time in Israel, Yoel was part of a group of Jewish seekers who meditated together and explored the links between Judaism and the religions of the East.
In 1988, Yoel moved to southern France with his family where he focused his energies on living a contemplative life and exploring the wisdom of other religions and esoteric traditions. As part of their life in France, Yoel and Nomi ran a meditation and retreat center for a small circle of seekers from different faiths.
In 2004, Yoel once again turned to intensive study of the Jewish sources, looking for texts that expressed the clarity of vision and the systematic approach to mysticism and meditation that he found in the East. In 2006, he resumed public activity, teaching the traditional sources using this new perspective.
Since that time, Rabbi Yoel has toured North America and other places around the world to teach Jewish meditation and spiritual wisdom. He has also taught spiritual wisdom via webinars and weekly teachings from the online center and Daat Elyon website. Rabbi Glick is the author of Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience (Jewish Lights), Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic: How to Expand Your Awareness and Transform Your Life (Jewish Lights) and Seeking the Divine Presence: The Three Pillars of a Jewish Spiritual Life (Trafford).
In January 2018, Yoel and Nomi returned to live in Israel and opened Daat Elyon Jerusalem as a center for spiritual training.
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The Jerusalem Center
In January 2018 our work took on a new dimension with the opening of our Israeli home on Yotam Street in the beautiful Greek Colony of Jerusalem.
The heart of the center is the meditation room, which has been dedicated for spiritual work and is already alive and radiant. Here students come to meditate, to study spiritual wisdom, to meet with Rabbi Yoel. In this space we have begun a regular schedule of meditations, classes and retreats. In the future, as the work evolves, we hope students will become teachers as well, and that other spiritual teachers will become part of the Daat Elyon team.
The Jerusalem center is the next step in our vision of a school for spiritual training. Learn more!
In the Media
A Rabbi and Meditation Teacher Sets Out to Rediscover the Path to God, by Yossi Klein Halevi, January 22, 2016, The Times of Israel
The Essential Qualities of a Spiritual Seeker – Rabbi Yoel Glick, Vedanta Center of Atlanta, March 6, 2016
Seeking the Living Presence of God: The Story of My Spiritual Journey – Rabbi Yoel Glick, Vedanta Center of Atlanta, March 1, 2015
Building the Temple of the Heart: The Three Pillars of the Spiritual Life – Rabbi Yoel Glick, Vedanta Center of Atlanta, March 1, 2015
Seeking the Invisible, by David Suissa, October 27, 2010, The Jewish Journal
The Problem with Prayer, by David Suissa, July 17, 2013, The Jewish Journal
Liberation, by David Suissa, Jul. 17, 2013, The Jewish Journal
Crossing the Sea of Illusion, by Jonathan Mark, April 26, 2016, The Jewish Week