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Rabbi Kalman Packouz

Rabbi Kalman Packouz is the author and publisher of Shabbat Shalom Internet Weekly. To subscribe, go to www.shabbatshalom.org and enter your email address. Click for Rabbi Packouz's complete bio.

Mikeitz 5775

Mikeitz 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Abraham Twerski points out in his Twerski on Chumash it is no coincidence that Chanukah occurs during the week when we read the ...


Vayeshev 5775

Vayeshev 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon, Tuesday night, December 16th. It's a wonderful family holiday. After we light the candles, we sing Maoz Tzur, ...


Vayishlach 5775

Vayishlach 5775

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GOOD MORNING! What would you say to stop someone from committing suicide? What would happen if after listening to all of the pain and suffering the ...


Vayetzei 5775

Vayetzei 5775

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GOOD MORNING! My heart aches from last week's terror attack in Israel. I share with you a response to those who blame Israel for being the cause of ...


Toldot 5775

Toldot 5775

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GOOD MORNING! How do you find the right person to marry? Traditionally, the Jewish people had an excellent system -- Shidduchim (matchmaking). When ...


Chayei Sarah 5775

Chayei Sarah 5775

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20 ways to connect to God.


Vayeira 5775

Vayeira 5775

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GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion we have the marriage of Abraham and Sarah, one of the all time great marriages. Perhaps the following ...


Lech Lecha 5775

Lech Lecha 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Not all people are intrinsically kind, but we can all work on being kinder -- with varying results. The story is told of a drill ...


Noach 5775

Noach 5775

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GOOD MORNING! If you had one prayer that you wanted the Almighty to fulfill, what would it be? Would it be wealth, fame, success? Judging by the ...


Bereishit 5775

Bereishit 5775

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GOOD MORNING! It makes sense that if there is a God Who created the world and created us for a purpose, that He would communicate to us what is the ...


Sukkot Chol Hamoed 5775

Sukkot Chol Hamoed 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Wednesday evening, October 8th, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi pronunciation). Next week comes Shemini Atzeres (Wednesday ...


Yom Kippur 5775

Yom Kippur 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Judaism has something for everyone. If you like to drink, we have Purim. If you like asceticism or self-denial we have Yom Kippur. If ...


Ha'azinu 5775

Ha'azinu 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, October 3rd. The story is told of a house painter who deeply regretted stealing from his clients by ...


Nitzavim-Vayelech 5774

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday evening, September 24th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Ki Tavo 5774

Ki Tavo 5774

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GOOD MORNING! A few weeks ago many parts of the USA suffered torrential rain and flooding. One particularly hard hit area was Oak Park, Michigan -- ...


Ki Tetzei 5774

Ki Tetzei 5774

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Enjoy Rabbi Kalman Packouz’s inspiring and insightful weekly column.


Shoftim 5774

Shoftim 5774

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GOOD MORNING! When I was in the Israeli army (I lived in Israel for 15 years before coming to Miami 24 years ago), I was posted to a tank base and ...


Re'eh 5774

Re'eh 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Chodesh Elul, the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul will be August 26th and 27th. This means that there is one month and ...


Ekev 5774

Ekev 5774

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


V'etchanan 5774

V'etchanan 5774

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GOOD MORNING! What is the strength of the Jewish people? It is our unity. Our love for one another, our respect for one another. The Almighty ...


Devarim 5774

Devarim 5774

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GOOD MORNING! And the war continues in order to protect the people of Israel -- including Arabs -- from the rockets fired from Gaza. Close to 7,000 ...


Masay 5774

Masay 5774

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GOOD MORNING! We who care about Israel are worried and wish that there is something that we can do to help. My colleague and friend, Rabbi Jack ...


Matot 5774

Matot 5774

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GOOD MORNING! With what is going on in Israel, I feel that it is important to share with you the following article written by David Harris, American ...


Pinchas 5774

Pinchas 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Our hearts go out to the parents, friends -- and to each other -- over the murder of the three Israeli boys, Naftali Frankel, Gilad ...


Balak 5774

Balak 5774

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GOOD MORNING! What do you owe your parents? What are your responsibilities to them? Does it depend if they were good parents? Recently was published ...


Chukat 5774

Chukat 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Last week I shared with you the "Letter to His Son" -- the Ethical Will of the Ramban. This week I share with you a modern ...


Korach 5774

Korach 5774

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GOOD MORNING! What values and beliefs do you hold dear in life? What lessons would you want to share with your family to carry on in their lives? ...


Shlach 5774

Shlach 5774

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GOOD MORNING! My son came running into my home office late one night. "Come quickly! There is something wrong with the stove." I ran into ...


Be'halot'cha 5774

Be'halot'cha 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Is it possible that the 3,000 year old Torah claim that the whole Jewish people heard God speak at Mt. Sinai is a hoax? What exactly ...


Naso 5774

Naso 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evening, June 3rd, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor is on Thursday, ...


Bamidbar 5774

Bamidbar 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Two weeks ago I shared with you insights and wisdom on "Why do bad things happen to good people?" by my beloved Aish HaTorah ...


Bechukotai 5774

Bechukotai 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Would you like a formula for success in life? Here are: Three Rules For Success - Initiative -- You have to try. - ...


Behar 5774

Behar 5774

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GOOD MORNING! At one time or another almost all of us ask the age old question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" I share with ...


Emor 5774

Emor 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Many people make the mistake of saying they are "not religious" when what they mean is "I am not fully observant." ...


Kedoshim 5774

Kedoshim 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Every person in this world is seeking pleasure. It is what motivates us. The problem is not that people seek pleasure. The Almighty ...


Pesach 5774

Pesach 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Are you happy with who you are? Wish you could change, but don't know how? Wondering how does one make real changes? The formula is ...


Acharei Mot 5774

Acharei Mot 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Recently, I suggested using props at the Seder -- such as frogs to throw during mention of the plague of frogs and Ping-Pong balls to ...


Metzora 5774

Metzora 5774

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GOOD MORNING! What if there was a total eclipse of the moon Monday at 3 a.m., but Wednesday at 10 a.m. was more convenient for you to view it? You'd ...


Tazria 5774

Tazria 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Once, I was speaking with a friend who tended to punctuate his speech with earthy, coarse words. I said to him, "You are such a ...


Shmini 5774

Shmini 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Pesach is coming! Monday night, April 14th is the first Seder. What kind of Seder will you have for your family and friends? Will it ...


Tzav 5774

Tzav 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder what really distinguishes a human being from an animal? Every human has four deep seated needs - meaning, ...


Vayikra 5774

Vayikra 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week – Saturday night, March 15th, through all day Sunday. Purim is the holiday that reminds us that God ...


Pekudei 5774

Pekudei 5774

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GOOD MORNING! What is our responsibility for righting the wrongs of this world? Here is the second part of Rabbi Noah Weinberg's article ...


Vayakhel 5774

Vayakhel 5774

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GOOD MORNING! The world faces many challenges. What are we to do? My teacher, Rabbi Noah Weinberg, wrote the following article, "World ...


Ki Tisa 5774

Ki Tisa 5774

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GOOD MORNING! What do clothes say about you? What image are you trying to project? Armies have uniforms, teens have fads, women have fashion, ...


Tetzaveh 5774

Tetzaveh 5774

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GOOD MORNING! How important is it to you that your children follow in your footsteps as Jews and that they marry Jews? If it is important, then you ...


Trumah 5774

Trumah 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Do you ever wonder about how you are raising your kids -- the example you set for them, the values that you want to inculcate, the ...


Mishpatim 5774

Mishpatim 5774

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GOOD MORNING! One time while I lived in Jerusalem, I parked my car in front of Uri's Pizza to pick up two pies for my family. When I came out there ...


Yitro 5774

Yitro 5774

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GOOD MORNING! What would you do if you were flying in the face of death -- wherever you go and whatever you did -- the enemy wanted to kill you? ...


Beshalach 5774

Beshalach 5774

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GOOD MORNING! Did you know that trees not only have anniversaries, they have their own New Year? Thursday, January 16th is Tu B'Shevat (the 15th of ...