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Rabbi Kalman Packouz

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Mishpatim 5776

Mishpatim 5776

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GOOD MORNING! I remember my grandfather, of blessed memory, joking about how he reached 50 years of marital bliss, "We always held hands ... if ...


Yitro 5776

Yitro 5776

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GOOD MORNING! I was talking with my friend, Lenny, and started to tell a story of Divine Providence. He immediately cut me off and with great ...


Beshalach 5776

Beshalach 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Did you know that trees not only have anniversaries, they have their own New Year? Sunday night, January 24th begins Tu B'Shevat (the ...


Bo 5776

Bo 5776

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GOOD MORNING! The Jewish people, the Almighty, the Torah and Eretz Yisroel (The Land of Israel). For more than 3,300 years we've been bound ...


Va'eira 5776

Va'eira 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Life is often challenging, hard, difficult. We face obstacles and rejection. What do we do? How do we handle these situations? I had ...


Shmot 5776

Shmot 5776

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GOOD MORNING! If you had the chance, would you like to talk with God? Maybe ask God a few questions: Why was humankind created? What is the purpose ...


Vayechi 5776

Vayechi 5776

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GOOD MORNING! I have always loved the phrase "Death with Dignity." It conjures for me an image of the Angel of Death dressed in a tuxedo ...


Vayigash 5776

Vayigash 5776

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GOOD MORNING! A friend was talking with a U.N. worker, who told him, "There will be no peace until Israel gives back the land it stole from ...


Mikeitz 5776

Mikeitz 5776

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GOOD MORNING! A friend of mine told me that as he grows older he experiences a personal miracle on Hanukah. He eats one potato latka -- and it burns ...


Vayeshev 5776

Vayeshev 5776

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A Hanukkah primer.


Vayishlach 5776

Vayishlach 5776

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GOOD MORNING! I once saw a bumper sticker: "Hug Your Kids at Home; Belt Them in the Car". Obviously, the bumper sticker is a safety ...


Vayetzei 5776

Vayetzei 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Recently a friend of mine asked me, "Do you really believe in God?" When I answered "for sure" his response was ...


Toldot 5776

Toldot 5776

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GOOD MORNING! When I was in Poland on an Aish HaTorah program I met Rabbi Michael Shudrich, the Chief Rabbi of Poland. He told me the following ...


Chayei Sarah 5776

Chayei Sarah 5776

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GOOD MORNING! This week Abraham seeks a wife for his son Isaac. If you are interested in finding a spouse -- or have kids looking to find the right ...


Vayera 5776

Vayera 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Our Sages teach us that the actions of our forefathers Abraham (Avraham), Isaac (Yitzchak) and Jacob (Ya'akov) are signs for us. They ...


Lech Lecha 5776

Lech Lecha 5776

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GOOD MORNING! One of my favorite pastimes is reading Rabbi Paysach Krohn's "Maggid Series" -- stories of Divine Providence. Rabbi Krohn ...


Noah 5776

Noah 5776

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GOOD MORNING! This week's Torah portion is Noah -- the story of the world being destroyed by a flood because of the way people treated each other ...


Bereishit 5776

Bereishit 5776

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GOOD MORNING! A person poured out his heart to me, "I would like to believe in God, but it is so hard. How do I know that God created the ...


Sukkot 5776

Sukkot 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Sunday evening, September 27th, began Sukkot (or Sukkot in the Ashkenazi pronunciation). Next week comes Shemini Atzeret (Sunday ...


Ha'azinu 5776

Ha'azinu 5776

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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 ...


Vayelech 5776

Vayelech 5776

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GOOD MORNING! One of my favorite stories is of the house painter who deeply regretted stealing from his clients by diluting the paint, but charging ...


Ki Tavo 5775

Ki Tavo 5775

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GOOD MORNING! How do you get the most out of your life and make the most of your life? It all depends on setting priorities and goals, making ...


Ki Tetze 5775

Ki Tetze 5775

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Explore the Torah portion with Rabbi Packouz.


Shoftim 5775

Shoftim 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Recently, a good friend died. Per his long-standing and last wishes, his family cremated him. I'd like to think that in the World of ...


Re'eh 5775

Re'eh 5775

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Questions for a meaningful life.


Ekev 5775

Ekev 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Here's a name I want you to remember: T.K. Lawless. When I first heard the name it connoted a Western cartoon outlaw ... and boy was I ...


V'etchanan 5775

V'etchanan 5775

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of lunch time at a construction site. A new worker opens up his lunch pail and says, "Yuck. A salami sandwich. ...


Devarim 5775

Devarim 5775

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GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of your life? For most of us, it the day when someone close to us passes away. For the Jewish people as a ...


Matot-Masay 5775

Matot-Masay 5775

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GOOD MORNING! When I first started learning in yeshiva in 1973 at the age of 23 there were very few books available for a Jew from a secular ...


Pinchas 5775

Pinchas 5775

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GOOD MORNING! There are many things the nations of the world have called the Jewish people over the millennium. However, even those who disparage ...


Balak 5775

Balak 5775

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B'av (the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, a day of ...


Chukat 5775

Chukat 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Last week we completed the first section (The Nature of the Belief in God) of Maimonides' Thirteen Principles of Belief. As I ...


Korach 5775

Korach 5775

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GOOD MORNING! What are the core beliefs of Judaism? Throughout the ages the greatest of our sages have dealt with this question. Rambam, Moses ...


Shlach 5775

Shlach 5775

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GOOD MORNING! There is a very beautiful prayer we say every Yom Tov (holiday) before taking out the Sefer Torah. It contains just about everything ...


Beha'alosecha 5775

Beha'alosecha 5775

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Giving warmth and care to senior citizens.


Naso 5775

Naso 5775

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GOOD MORNING! What would you be willing to do to keep your spouse -- or yourself -- from falling into an affair? Throughout the ages Jews have been ...


Bamidbar 5775

Bamidbar 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Saturday evening, May 23rd, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor is on Monday, ...


Behar-Bechukotai 5775

Behar-Bechukotai 5775

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GOOD MORNING! How does one figure out what he wants out of life, his purpose, what would truly give him satisfaction and happiness? Our sages tell ...


Emor 5775

Emor 5775

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GOOD MORNING! According to Jewish cosmology, the day begins with nightfall. That is why all holidays start at night after the stars can be seen. ...


Tazria-Metzora 5775

Tazria-Metzora 5775

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GOOD MORNING! According to Google there are 4,200 religions in the world. Each one claims Divine Revelation -- that God has revealed Himself and ...


Shemini 5775

Shemini 5775

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GOOD MORNING! In a recent email I answered a "yes or no" question about Judaism -- and the person lashed out with a non sequitur that, ...


Pesach 5775

Pesach 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Have you seen the one-minute movie "Google Exodus -- What if Moses had Facebook?" See it ... as well as read great articles ...


Tzav 5775

Tzav 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder what to give your wife? We live in such abundance that it is often hard to find something that is unique, ...


Vayikra 5775

Vayikra 5775

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GOOD MORNING! People often ask the question, "How do I know there is a God?" There are intellectual answers and evidence. If you are ...


Vayakhel-Pekudei 5775

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Many Jewish holidays have been humorously described as: "They wanted to kill us. We won. Let's eat." If you'd like to have ...


Ki Tisa 5775

Ki Tisa 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Someone once said, "The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat!" We live in hectic times ...


Tetzaveh 5775

Tetzaveh 5775

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A short primer on Purim.


Trumah 5775

Trumah 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Eliezer Silver was a leader in Jewish Rescue during the Holocaust. After the war he visited Europe as a representative of United ...


Mishpatim 5775

Mishpatim 5775

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GOOD MORNING! A Jewish soldier was dying on the beach during the invasion of Normandy. He calls to his Jewish comrade, "I'm dying! What do I ...


Yitro 5775

Yitro 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Death is a very sad part of life. In our tradition, we sit Shiva ("shiva" is the Hebrew word for "seven" referring ...