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 Jewish Renewal and Reform as well as a variety of 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. Among them were Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, Rabbi David Cooper, Rabbi Gedalia Fleer, Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Danny Matt, Rabbi Avram Davis and many others.
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 the exploration of the wisdom of Hindu, Buddhist and Christian mysticism. During his years in France, Yoel forged links with a number of Christian monastic communities and also spent time in Indian ashrams. As part of his life in France, Yoel and his wife Nomi run a meditation and retreat center for a small circle of seekers from different faiths. Today Yoel divides his time between France, Israel and North America.
Daat Elyon is not just an online center, it is also a vision of a physical space that we are hoping to create.
In this physical space, students will come to learn how to get in touch with their own Divinity – how to tap into the tremendous potential that lies within the heart of every human being. It will be a place where people learn how to build a personal relationship with God, to bring the Divine Presence into every moment of their lives.
In the Daat Elyon Center, students will study spiritual wisdom and practice contemplative prayer and meditation. They will also undertake the crucial work of self-transformation – the labor of turning themselves into the divine instruments that they are meant to be.
Daat Elyon will be a place where students learn to love and accept other religions – to see themselves as part of the community of Israel as well as the spiritual fellowship of all humankind.
The Center will emphazise spiritual openness, universal vision, and the innate divinity of every human being. Students will have the opportunity to expand their consciousness and broaden their understanding through spiritual encounters with teachers, seekers and holy places from Judaism and other faiths.
Daat Elyon will be a place where people come to “live the life”, either as members of the spiritual community, or as visitors that drop in for a time to recharge their battery and get a boost forward on their journey.
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