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Rabbi Kalman Packouz

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Chukat 5778

GOOD MORNING! In the Torah portion of Va'etchanan the Almighty instructs the Jewish people,...

Korach 5778

GOOD MORNING! My friend, Charlie Harary (CharlieHarary.com), tells the story of an elderly and...

Shlach 5778

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever wondered why the Israeli Ministry of Tourism chose two of the Biblical...

Be'halot'cha 5778

GOOD MORNING! Whenever I would visit New York I would get together with my old friend, Walter. We...

Naso 5778

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever ask yourself, "What good is prayer? My prayers don't get...

Bamidbar 5778

GOOD MORNING! Saturday evening, May 19th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the...

Behar-Bechukotai 5778

GOOD MORNING! A few years ago I was flying back to Miami from NY. I introduced myself to the woman...

Emor 5778

GOOD MORNING! According to Jewish cosmology, the day begins with nightfall. That is why all...

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778

GOOD MORNING! A dear friend, Avi Shulman, sent to me a copy of his new book, Inspired Parenting...

Tazria-Metzora 5778

GOOD MORNING! Just about everyone would like to make the world a better place. However, we are...

Shmini 5778

GOOD MORNING! How many mitzvos can one fulfill in getting a haircut? I imagine there are many...

7th Day Pesach 5778

GOOD MORNING! An elderly American was waiting in line for Passport Control at Charles de Gaulle...

Pesach 5778

GOOD MORNING! Are you happy with who you are? Wish you could change, but don't know how? Wondering...

Tzav 5778

GOOD MORNING! Have you seen the one-minute movie "Google Exodus -- What if Moses had the...

Vayikra 5778

GOOD MORNING! Our hearts go out to the students, parents and community of Parkland, Florida....

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5778

GOOD MORNING! Our Sages instruct us to start preparing for a holiday 30 days beforehand. Pesach...

Ki Tisa 5778

GOOD MORNING! Purim starts Wednesday, February 28th. It is known as zeman simchateinu -- the time...

Tetzaveh 5778

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week -- Wednesday night, February 28th, through all day...

Trumah 5778

GOOD MORNING! This edition heralds the beginning of the 27th year of the Shabbat Shalom Weekly....

Mishpatim 5778

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever hear the old joke, "Do you know the difference between a Jewish...

Yisro 5778

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever hear someone say about a person arriving late that "He's on Jewish...

Beshalach 5778

GOOD MORNING! When is the New Year? Would you be surprised to know that there are 4 New Years in...

Bo 5778

GOOD MORNING! Recently I was asked "How do I become wise?" Immediately, I thought of...

Va'eira 5778

GOOD MORNING! Four elderly ladies were sitting in silence around a card table at the Jewish...

Shmot 5778

GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion the Torah tells us "There arose a new king over...

Vayechi 5778

GOOD MORNING! What is the value of a kindness? Perhaps the following story will give some insights...

Vayigash 5778

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever have to deal with a difficult person -- a boss, a co-worker, a relative...

Mikeitz 5778

GOOD MORNING! Happy Hanukah! I thought you might enjoy a perspective article written by my friend...

Vayeshev 5778

GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon, Tuesday night, December 12th. It's a wonderful family...

Vayishlach 5778

GOOD MORNING! What is success in life? Many equate success in life with financial success. However...

Vayetzei 5778

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder, "Where is the spirituality in Judaism?" We want to...

Toldot 5778

GOOD MORNING! When I lived in Israel I once parked my car in the Ramat Eshkol shopping center...

Chayei Sarah 5778

GOOD MORNING! Life is full of stress -- paying bills, the job, one's spouse and kids ... and it...

Vayeira 5778

GOOD MORNING! Would you murder one person to save a million lives? What if that person were a 99...

Lech Lecha 5778

GOOD MORNING! Two men from a small town in Alabama in America's deep south came to New York city...

Noach 5778

GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion, Noah plants a grapevine shortly after leaving the ark....

Bereishit 5778

GOOD MORNING! Many people think that the stories in the Book of Genesis are children's stories or...

Sukkos 5778

GOOD MORNING! Wednesday evening, October 4th, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi...

Yom Kippur 5778

GOOD MORNING! Judaism has something for everyone. If you like to drink, we have Purim. If you like...

Ha'azinu 5778

Yom Kippur Crash Course.

Nitzavim-Vayelech

What’s the essence of Rosh Hashanah?

Ki Tavo 5777

Primer on prayer.

Ki Tetzei 5777

GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote a meaningful piece on making the world a better place by treating...

Re'eh 5777

10 Things you can Do to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

Ekev 5777

Lessons our parents taught us.

V'etchanan 5777

GOOD MORNING! I have a tendency to respond with repartee when I am experiencing the stress of...

Devarim 5777

A Tisha B’Av primer.

Matot-Masay 5777

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a man who came to his rabbi with a request. "Make me a...

Pinchas 5777

GOOD MORNING! I was brought up in Reform Judaism in Portland, Oregon. Though I saw very few...

Balak 5777

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B'av...

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