For more information please see the Applied Jewish Spirituality website.
These courses have developed over a decade of teaching meditation and down-to-earth spiritual practice deeply rooted in Jewish sources with wonderful partners like Pardes and Or HaLev.
Please contact me here for further questions.
One other exciting new development: I’ve been recording guided meditations, and they are garnering thousands of plays on the fabulous Insight Timer app. There are also more available on my new Soundcloud page.
Here’s some background info about my teaching practice: I’ve been teaching meditation for over a decade and I’ve been privileged to teach meditation retreats with wonderful teachers including Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, Danny Cohen and Mira Nicalescu.
Some of the venues I’ve taught meditation include: Or HaLev retreats and classes, The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Homestead Jerusalem, Moishe House Jerusalem, Stanford University, Stanford Hillel, Moishe House London, Limmud NY, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Brondesbury Park Synagogue, Yeshivat Shvilei haTorah, Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and Congregation Beth Am.
My speciality is integrating mindfulness with traditional Judaism, helping people of varied levels of knowledge and experience to discover the richness and authenticity of a living, breathing Judaism. This involves both text-based, discursive learning and practical, experiential learning. I teach that Judaism demands of us, and enables us, to work for greater compassion and self-awareness, which impacts us but also all of the individuals, communities and societies that we touch. Through this work, all aspects of Judaism, and of life, come into clearer focus.
I have also completed the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Course, taught by Rabbis Sheila Peltz Weinberg, Jeff Roth and Jordan Bendat-Appell. The course, which I highly recommend, is a 16-month journey through many kinds of meditative and pedagogical practices, and is a collaboration between the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Awakened Heart Project.
Here’s some of the feedback I’ve received for my work in this field:
Rabbi Daniel is a deep, learned and creative teacher of Jewish meditation, spirituality and texts. He brings his broad knowledge and years of study and practice to help awakens people’s hearts and souls.
– Rabbi Dr. James Jacobson-Maisels, Founder and Spiritual Director, Or HaLev
Rabbi Daniel weaves together in his teachings his knowledge of torah and his deep practice of mindfulness, his commitment as an orthodox Jew and his openness as a human being involved in the world. I’m glad to see him among the new generation of emerging rabbis and Jewish meditation teachers.
– Dr. Mira Niculescu, Neshama
Learning with Rav Daniel is a wonderful experience. In his classes he brings an extraordinary range of texts from our tradition and makes them meaningful for our lives today. His deep personal integrity, wisdom and spirituality constantly inspire me to walk the Jewish spiritual path and help me with my own awakening and development.
Rabbi Danny Newman, Founder and Director, HaMakom
Rabbi Daniel approaches life with a wisdom, kindness, humility, and clarity that elicits joy from everyone he encounters. Learning with him is deeply opening yet gentle – he is able to hold the student with care, while also seeing beyond them to what is possible. It is a true gift to have a teacher with such a passionate commitment to bringing Jewish text to life, guided by an ethics and vision which I trust.
– Yael Roberts, UK Faculty and Director of Strategy and Development, HaMakom
As the world of Jewish meditation and contemplative practice grows, it’s crucial that people can turn to teachers who hold the dual commitment of Torah and Avodah, deep learning of the sources along with the spiritual practice and cultivation which brings them to life. R’ Daniel is such a teacher, an ever encouraging and buoyant, honest presence, he lives these two paths – many years of deep learning, heartful seeking, and earnest practice manifest in a teacher of kindness, erudition, humility, care, humor, insight, and love. I’m grateful we have him.
– Danny Cohen, Teacher and Counselor, The Living Heart Life