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Rabbi Kalman Packouz

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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 ...


Beshalach 5775

Beshalach 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Did you know that trees not only have anniversaries, they have their own New Year? Wednesday, February 4th is Tu B'Shevat (the 15th of ...


Bo 5775

Bo 5775

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GOOD MORNING! I was once conversing with a group of doctors when one of them asked me, "So, are you a doctor, too?" Wanting to respond ...


Va'eira 5775

Va'eira 5775

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GOOD MORNING! My father always says that "Free advice is worth what you pay for it". The following is an exception to that rule regarding ...


Shmot 5775

Shmot 5775

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GOOD MORNING! This week I would like to share with you a story. A few years ago a young man in Scotland, whom we will call George, is shaving in ...


Vayechi 5775

Vayechi 5775

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The basics of Jewish prayer.


Vayigash 5775

Vayigash 5775

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GOOD MORNING! Mark Twain wrote a fascinating article, "Concerning the Jews," in the Harper's Magazine in 1897. In the epilogue he ...


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

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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

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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

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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 ...