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By David Sacks
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Born and raised in New York City, David Sacks attended Harvard College, graduating with a degree in Government in 1984. While there he began his comedy writing career as an editor of the school's humor magazine, The Harvard Lampoon. Upon graduating, David moved to Los Angeles and began writing for television. Among the shows he has worked for are The Simpsons, where he won an Emmy Award, and Third Rock from the Sun for which he won a Golden Globe Award and Malcolm in the Middle. David is the co-founder and Senior Lecturer of The Happy Minyan of Los Angeles. David is married and raises his family in Beverly Hills, CA.
||CleanSaying the Shema||Experiencing Oneness||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Upside Down Letter Nun||Even in our darkest times Hashem is with us. Here is an amazing description of it from the Torah||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe White Fire Aleph||How was the Torah given at Mount Sinai if it already existed before the world was created?||6/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChoose Life||A report card from my Mom||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUltimate Healing: From the Tree of Knowledge to Mt. Sinai||Transcending Self, Escaping Death, Embracing Life||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Day of Secrets||Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach teaches, there are two kinds of secrets. One kind I tell you and then you know. The other kind is I tell you and you still don't know.||5/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Secret to Staying Young||What does it mean to grow old? Is it an age thing? Or something deeper? And how do we stay on the right side of things? In other words, what is the secret to eternal life?||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCounting the Omer||Every day we count one more day until we receive the Torah. In this week's talk we look at that process in a deeper way and it's connection to the understanding of secrets.||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Matzah to Bread||After knowing about the spiritual benefits of eating Matzah how can we ever go back to eating bread? In this week's talk we explore this spiritual riddle.||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Goodness of God!!||Are you living life -- or is life living you? How to escape living a life of reactiveness and embrace the goodness life has in store. Also, no talk on Pico today but we will resume live next week G-d willing.||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPassover 2017: Torah Mindfullness||Torah Mindfullness: There is a difference between Humility and Insecurity. Moshe demonstrates epic humility here and points the way for us to learn from him and get the most out of life.||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat’s So Great about Shabbat Anyway??||Find out what Shabbat is! Why, when and how it was created! Spoiler Alert: Shabbos is the soul of the world. Learn more here!||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Be Smart!!||All real wisdom begins with the understanding that we will never reach the end of knowing! In this talk, we talk about creating a harmonious co-existence between knowing and beyond knowing and how that can help us enjoy the mysteries of life.||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Are a Temple||How do we go about putting the different pieces of our lives together? Work, Family, God -- there are so many parts! In this talk, we explore the deeper aspects of what building a sanctuary in the Torah is all about. How it applies to our individual[...]||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Purim Experience||Knowing is intellectual. Experiencing brings the fullness of our humanity to the table. How do we experience God? In this talk we begin the discussion. Also, an astrological reading of Moses and how that reflects on all of our lives.||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Do I Believe?||Does belief in God simply mean belief in a Creator? Or is there more to it than that? For instance, can I believe in a God that is out to get me, and still be called a believer? This talk lays out the Jewish understanding that belief in God means u[...]||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou Are A Miracle||A study of miracles and how we can make them. What is greater the splitting of the red sea, or... YOU?||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Life is a Godly Supernova||How our life mirrors the astrophysics of stars! Using this imagery, we'll get a better understanding of why the world was created, and a framework for better understanding the challenges of life.||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Do I Leave Egypt Today?||Tightrope Walkers Guide to Life||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrapeze Artists and God||Two Kinds of Healing||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChaos and Order: A Torah View||Darwin||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPotential and Actualization||Heart and Mind||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Hashem Your Best Friend||Making It Personal||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Divine Flow of Hanukkah||Expanding Your Vessels||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWrestling With An Angel||The Showdown||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Love This Class
This class is really incredible. For me his lectures include everything I want in a learning session: broad esoteric concepts, anecdotal references, odd tangents, practical advice, personal and liturgical stories and of course solid Talmudic and Biblical references. His personal approach to the concepts he's investigating is totally practical, and applicable to every-day living. Can't wait to hear more!!!
Wonderful Work -- Thank You!
This is a fabulous series. I have probably listened to more than 30 of these talks. They are packed with content and full of delicious detail. Once in a while the logic is a bit more fantastical than I am comfortable with -- but overall, homeruns almost every week. I especially like how he sometimes provides interpretations based on the physical forms of the Hebrew letters.
Although Mr. Sacks is not an ordained rabbi, he is a gaon -- a funny, pleasant, generous, non-pretentious gaon. You will be missing something important if you don't check out these talks.
Congratulations and thank you Mr. Sacks!
I find it very intriguing, enlightening, and interesting. I love the fresh perspectives that he brings out in these broadcasts. I'm very glad that I have stumbled upon this great teacher.