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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.

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 ...


Bereishit 5777

Bereishit 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Is this life all there is -- or is there something beyond our earthly existence? Does it make a difference what you do in this ...


Sukkot 5777

Sukkot 5777

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GOOD MORNING! Sunday evening, October 16th, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi pronunciation). Next week comes Shemini Atzeres (Sunday ...


Ha'azinu 5777

Ha'azinu 5777

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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 5777

Vayelech 5777

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A primer for Yom Kippur.


Nitzavim 5776

Nitzavim 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Sunday evening, October 2nd! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places reserved ...


Ki Tavo 5776

Ki Tavo 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Do you know the two benefits for speaking to yourself? First, you get to speak to an intelligent person. Second, you get to listen to ...


Ki Tetzei 5776

Ki Tetzei 5776

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GOOD MORNING! With Rosh HaShanah soon coming upon us, last week we began how to get your prayers answered from Rabbi Noah Weinberg in Wisdom for ...


Shoftim 5776

Shoftim 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana, is coming upon us in about a month (Oct. 2). With so many hours spent in synagogue praying, it makes sense to learn how ...


Re'eh 5776

Re'eh 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever want to meet the President of the United States? Unless you are a foreign dignitary or a very generous contributor, the ...


Ekev 5776

Ekev 5776

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GOOD MORNING! There is a commandment in the Torah to give reproof. Maimonides, one of the great codifiers of Jewish law, writes (Hilchos Dayos 6:7), ...


V'etchanan 5776

V'etchanan 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Two weeks ago I shared the story of taking my son into a room to be spanked, deciding that he didn't need to be spanked because he ...


Devarim 5776

Devarim 5776

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


Matot-Masay 5776

Matot-Masay 5776

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GOOD MORNING! When do you spank your child? When I grew up it was, "Wait until your father comes home!" Then my father would take me into ...


Pinchas 5776

Pinchas 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Once I was speaking to my son about the importance of judging people favorably. I quoted to him from Pirke Avos, Ethics of the Fathers ...


Balak 5776

Balak 5776

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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 5776

Chukat 5776

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GOOD MORNING! In honor of my parents' -- Ray and Dorothy Packouz -- 70th Wedding Anniversary! How do you know whether or not you should marry a ...


Korach 5776

Korach 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Many years ago while I was working in the Old City of Jerusalem, a tourist asked me to direct him to a store selling mezuzot. I took ...


Shlach 5776

Shlach 5776

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GOOD MORNING! When I was 5 years old my father let me accompany him to Mr. Allan's Rexall Drug Store where Mr. Allan signed an application for life ...


Be'halot'cha 5776

Be'halot'cha 5776

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GOOD MORNING! What does a person need to live? Air, water, food, a sense of purpose -- and encouragement! Encouragement provides hope and increases ...


Naso 5776

Naso 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Many years ago in Israel lived a couple with a little girl. Because the mother was afraid to have her daughter travel via public ...


Bamidbar 5776

Bamidbar 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Saturday evening, June 11th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor is on Monday, ...


Bechukotai 5776

Bechukotai 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Where is God? Did you ever have the thought -- or meet someone who said -- "I've looked everywhere, but I've never seen God! How ...


Behar 5776

Behar 5776

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GOOD MORNING! When is life so miserable, so painful, so meaningless that you pull the plug and let your loved one die? What if one has Lou Gehrig's ...


Emor 5776

Emor 5776

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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. ...


Kedoshim 5776

Kedoshim 5776

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12 rules for raising delinquent children


Acharei Mot 5776

Acharei Mot 5776

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GOOD MORNING! When I was 12 years old I returned from summer camp to find that my collection of 300 first edition comic books had been thrown out. ...


Pesach - 7th & 8th Day 5776

Pesach - 7th & 8th Day 5776

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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 ...


Passover 5776

Passover 5776

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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 ...


Metzora 5776

Metzora 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Have you ever read about people seeking to have their dog covered under their medical insurance as their partner or significant other? ...


Tazria 5776

Tazria 5776

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GOOD MORNING! My grandmother was a worrier. When everything was good, she worried about what she didn't know that might be going wrong. As a kid, I ...


Shmini 5776

Shmini 5776

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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 ...


Vayikra 5776

Vayikra 5776

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GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week -- Wednesday night, March 23rd, through all day Thursday. Purim is the holiday that reminds us that God ...


Pekudei 5776

Pekudei 5776

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GOOD MORNING! It has been said that "Education is what you have left after you forget everything you've learned." Our goal in life is to ...


Vayakhel 5776

Vayakhel 5776

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GOOD MORNING! In honor of the occasion of the 70th birthday of my friend, noted author, life coach and speaker Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, I present to you ...


Ki Tisa 5776

Ki Tisa 5776

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GOOD MORNING! A friend of mine went for his annual physical at age 50. Being of thin build, exercising an hour a night and having no complaints, he ...


Tetzaveh 5776

Tetzaveh 5776

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GOOD MORNING! A young man visited his guru before leaving the ashram in India for America. "O Guru," asks the young man, "What is ...


Trumah 5776

Trumah 5776

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GOOD MORNING! What can you do to ensure that you have a portion in the World to Come? A wagon driver, a simple man, once asked the Chofetz Chaim, ...


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 ...