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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.

Noach 5778

Noach 5778

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GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion, Noah plants a grapevine shortly after leaving the ark. At his earliest possible convenience, he makes ...


Bereishit 5778

Bereishit 5778

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GOOD MORNING! Many people think that the stories in the Book of Genesis are children's stories or fables. However, as you will see from the ...


Sukkos 5778

Sukkos 5778

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GOOD MORNING! Wednesday evening, October 4th, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi pronunciation). Next week comes Shemini Atzeres (Wednesday ...


Yom Kippur 5778

Yom Kippur 5778

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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 5778

Ha'azinu 5778

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Yom Kippur Crash Course.


Nitzavim-Vayelech

Nitzavim-Vayelech

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What’s the essence of Rosh Hashanah?


Ki Tavo 5777

Ki Tavo 5777

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Primer on prayer.


Ki Tetzei 5777

Ki Tetzei 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote a meaningful piece on making the world a better place by treating each other with kindness. I received a thoughtful ...


Re'eh 5777

Re'eh 5777

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10 Things you can Do to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah


Ekev 5777

Ekev 5777

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Lessons our parents taught us.


V'etchanan 5777

V'etchanan 5777

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GOOD MORNING! I have a tendency to respond with repartee when I am experiencing the stress of unwarranted, unfair emotional criticism. The other day ...


Devarim 5777

Devarim 5777

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A Tisha B’Av primer.


Matot-Masay 5777

Matot-Masay 5777

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


Pinchas 5777

Pinchas 5777

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GOOD MORNING! I was brought up in Reform Judaism in Portland, Oregon. Though I saw very few Orthodox Jews, I grew up with certain perceptions and ...


Balak 5777

Balak 5777

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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 5777

Chukat 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Last week's story about testing the Almighty reminded me of the time I met with one of our supporters, a personal injury attorney, for ...


Korach 5777

Korach 5777

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GOOD MORNING! I received a fascinating and bewildering response from a Shabbat Shalom supporter when I asked for $1,800 -- he good-naturedly ...


Shlach 5777

Shlach 5777

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GOOD MORNING! This week I share with you three fascinating stories... and one question. Several years ago I was in Prague eating at the King ...


Be'halot'cha 5777

Be'halot'cha 5777

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GOOD MORNING! If you are Jewish, firstborn, male, whose parents are neither Cohanim or Levites and your mother didn't have a previous miscarriage ...


Naso 5777

Naso 5777

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a group of students working diligently on the trait of humility. A new student entered the study hall and saw the ...


Bamidbar 5777

Bamidbar 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evemening, May 30th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor is on ...


Behar-Bechukotai 5777

Behar-Bechukotai 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Who is the wise person? Our sage, Ben Zoma, tells us, "He who learns from all people" (Pirke Avos, Ethics of the Fathers ...


Emor 5777

Emor 5777

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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. ...


Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5777

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5777

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GOOD MORNING! What is courage? The year is 1929. It's Friday, August 23rd. The Grand Mufti is preaching to a packed crowd of worshippers on the ...


Tazria-Metzora 5777

Tazria-Metzora 5777

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GOOD MORNING! The Talmud (Arakin 15b) tells us that Loshon Hora (literally: "evil speech") kills three people -- the one who speaks it, ...


Shmini - 5777

Shmini - 5777

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a man who asked Rabbi Yisroel Salanter a question. "Rebbie, I have only 15 minutes a day to learn Torah. ...


Pesach 5777

Pesach 5777

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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 ...


Tzav 5777

Tzav 5777

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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 ...


Vayikra 5777

Vayikra 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Last time we explored the excuses for anti-Semitism; this week we'll look at the reason. Anti-Semitism is unique amongst the hatreds ...


Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

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GOOD MORNING! With so many anti-Semitic bomb threats, swastikas painted on buildings and keyed into car doors, it is no wonder that I was recently ...


Ki Tisa 5777

Ki Tisa 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Our Sages instruct us to start preparing for a holiday 30 days in advance of the holiday. Pesach (Passover) begins Monday evening, ...


Tetzaveh 5777

Tetzaveh 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Were you ever interested in Kabbalah, mysticism? If there is a God, people would love to have a spiritual connection, a feeling of awe ...


Trumah 5777

Trumah 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week -- Saturday night, March 11th, through all day Sunday. Purim is the holiday that reminds us that God runs ...


Mishpatim 5777

Mishpatim 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Ever wonder why you do not maintain a sense of happiness after finally obtaining a material goal? The late Mel Fisher, a Florida ...


Yitro 5777

Yitro 5777

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GOOD MORNING! My friend, Sunny Goldstein, of blessed memory, told me the story of a young man he met who was wearing the head covering and clothing ...


Beshalach 5777

Beshalach 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Did you know that trees not only have anniversaries, they have their own New Year? Friday night, February 10th begins Tu B'Shevat (the ...


Bo 5777

Bo 5777

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GOOD MORNING! One of the 6 Constant Mitzvot -- commandments that are incumbent upon us at all times -- is to fear God. I think most people find this ...


Va'eira 5777

Va'eira 5777

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GOOD MORNING! When my eldest son, Avraham, was 6 years old his friend desperately wanted him to come play at his house. "Come to my home. I'll ...


Shmot 5777

Shmot 5777

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GOOD MORNING! An atheist was visiting Scotland. While boating on the famed Loch Ness he sees a giant slithering eel-like creature undulating through ...


Vayechi 5777

Vayechi 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Recently a young lady lamented to me that she wished she could find a man of quality, of character. It is a great problem today in the ...


Vayigash 5777

Vayigash 5777

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GOOD MORNING! I once had the pleasure of attending a wedding in Jerusalem. It is the custom in Jerusalem for poor people to collect tzedakah ...


Mikeitz 5777

Mikeitz 5777

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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 5777

Vayeshev 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon, Saturday night, December 24th. It's a wonderful family holiday. After we light the candles, we sing Maoz Tzur, ...


Vayishlach 5777

Vayishlach 5777

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GOOD MORNING! The Shabbat Shalom is available both by email and by fax. One day I received a belligerent message on my voicemail: "Take me off ...


Vayetzei 5777

Vayetzei 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Until I was 22 years old and started to learn in a yeshiva, I always thought that there were only 10 Commandments. I was surprised to ...


Toldot 5777

Toldot 5777

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GOOD MORNING! The Torah commands us, "Bind [these commandments] as a sign on your arm, and as totafot between your eyes" (Deut. 6:8). This ...


Chayei Sarah 5777

Chayei Sarah 5777

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GOOD MORNING! With the American holiday of Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought to share with you an email exchange with a synagogue ...


Vayeira 5777

Vayeira 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Have you ever fantasized on being a hero by saving someone's life? Ever imagined running into a burning building to save a child or ...


Lech Lecha 5777

Lech Lecha 5777

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GOOD MORNING! It was an awesome lightning storm in South Florida -- God's fireworks! For some reason, the question popped into my mind "How ...


Noach 5777

Noach 5777

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GOOD MORNING! This week's Torah portion is about Noah who built a life raft for humanity and the world. My father recently told me an apocryphal ...