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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.

Chayei Sarah 5764

Chayei Sarah 5764

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! This week's Torah portion recounts the death and burial of ...


Vayeira 5764

Vayeira 5764

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! In last week's Torah portion the Almighty commands ...


Re'eh 5761

Re'eh 5761

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GOOD MORNING! May you have a spectacular week. And here are some thoughts to help make it so! Q & A: WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE HEBREW MONTH OF ...


Ekev 5761

Ekev 5761

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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 "really?" Personally, ...


V'etchanan 5761

V'etchanan 5761

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GOOD MORNING! How much of your success is due to your brains, good judgment, risk taking and experience versus "coincidence"? Here's the story! The ...


Devarim 5761

Devarim 5761

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GOOD MORNING! I thought that the beautiful little piece that follows is particularly appropriate for Tisha B'Av as so much pain, suffering and ...


Masay 5761

Masay 5761

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GOOD MORNING! I received a beautiful and meaningful piece (below) via the internet. The author was listed as anonymous. I did some research and I ...


Matot 5761

Matot 5761

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GOOD MORNING! I received a beautiful and meaningful piece (below) via the internet. The author was listed as anonymous. I did some research and I ...


Pinchas 5761

Pinchas 5761

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GOOD MORNING! This week we shall conclude the 7 Wonders of Jewish History! A quick review: - The Jewish people are an eternal nation. - The ...


Korach 5761

Korach 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Last week I shared with you the first two unique wonders of Jewish history -- (1) it was prophesied that the Jewish people would be an ...


Shlach 5761

Shlach 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Over 300 years ago, King Louis XIV of France asked Blaise Pascal, the great Christian philosopher, to give him proof of God. Pascal ...


Be'halot'cha 5761

Be'halot'cha 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Why live a Torah-way of life? There are many benefits and pleasures in living Jewishly, but ultimately the goal is to develop the ...


Naso 5761

Naso 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Thank you for your patience! Two weeks ago I promised some excerpts from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin's latest book, Patience (available from ...


Bamidbar 5761

Bamidbar 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Please have more patience for the Patience Tips -- I forgot that I needed to write about Shavuot this week. Sunday evening, May 27th, ...


Bechukotai 5761

Bechukotai 5761

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GOOD MORNING! When I lived in Israel I once parked my car in the Ramat Eshkol shopping center parking lot. I returned to my car to find the right ...


Behar 5761

Behar 5761

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GOOD MORNING! When I lived in Israel I once parked my car in the Ramat Eshkol shopping center parking lot. I returned to my car to find the right ...


Emor 5761

Emor 5761

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**Spend a Comfortable Shabbos in Fair Lawn, NJ with Ahavat Achim Orthodox Congregation** www.ahavatachim.org GOOD MORNING!  Here's something ...


Kedoshim 5761

Kedoshim 5761

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


Acharei Mot 5761

Acharei Mot 5761

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


Metzora 5761

Metzora 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Last week was Yom HaShoah, the remembrance day for the Holocaust. Every thinking person has likely asked him/herself questions about ...


Tazria 5761

Tazria 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Last week was Yom HaShoah, the remembrance day for the Holocaust. Every thinking person has likely asked him/herself questions about ...


Shmini 5761

Shmini 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Recently, I received a request to include a piece that I ran 4 years ago. After all of the heavy editions about Pesach, I thought that ...


Tzav 5761

Tzav 5761

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told that Senator Lieberman ordered the special hand-made round matzot for his Seder. The store-owner and his long-time ...


Vayikra 5761

Vayikra 5761

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GOOD MORNING!  This year Pesach (Passover) starts Saturday night, April 7th. Therefore, one must do the bedikas chametz (search for leaven) on ...


Pekudei 5761

Pekudei 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Three weeks to Pesach and counting... It's time to give some thought to making the Seder more enjoyable and effective in creating a ...


Vayakhel 5761

Vayakhel 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Three weeks to Pesach and counting... It's time to give some thought to making the Seder more enjoyable and effective in creating a ...


Ki Tisa 5761

Ki Tisa 5761

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GOOD MORNING! A father was at the beach with his children when his four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore, ...


Tetzaveh 5761

Tetzaveh 5761

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GOOD MORNING! With Purim being a time of joy and gladness creating love and goodwill amongst Jews, I felt now is the time to share with you my ...


Trumah 5761

Trumah 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week, Thursday night, March 8th, through all day Friday! The Fast of Esther is Thursday, March 8th. I was ...


Mishpatim 5761

Mishpatim 5761

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GOOD MORNING!  GOOD MORNING! Two weeks ago I wrote about the pleasure of giving tzedakah and controlling one's attitude. Below I have elaborated, ...


Yitro 5761

Yitro 5761

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GOOD MORNING! GOOD MORNING! People often tell me, "Rabbi, I just observe the Ten Commandments and not all 613." The usual problem is that if asked, ...


Beshalach 5761

Beshalach 5761

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


Bo 5761

Bo 5761

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a little boy's first day in Sunday School. The Rabbi gives the class a tour of the synagogue and explains the ...


Va'eira 5761

Va'eira 5761

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GOOD MORNING! My friend, Tuvia Chaim Ariel, of blessed memory, grew up in New York. One of his best buddies was a nice Jewish boy -- who became a ...


Shmot 5761

Shmot 5761

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GOOD MORNING!  One of the major questions in life is, "Do we control our emotions or do our emotions control us?" Our Torah teaches that we have the ...


Vayechi 5761

Vayechi 5761

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GOOD MORNING! I have a dim memory of a television show from my youth entitled, "Who Do You Trust?" The show was not entitled "Is There Anyone You ...


Vayigash 5761

Vayigash 5761

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GOOD MORNING! It's good to have literate and intelligent readers! Brian Frumhoff wrote to inform that the powerful piece "Children Learn What They ...


Mikeitz 5761

Mikeitz 5761

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GOOD MORNING!  The story is told of a man approached on the street by a fellow and asked for the time. After informing the fellow of the time, the ...


Vayeshev 5761

Vayeshev 5761

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


Vayishlach 5761

Vayishlach 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon -- the first night is Thursday, December 21. It's my favorite holiday. After we light the candles, we sing Maoz ...


Vayetzei 5761

Vayetzei 5761

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GOOD MORNING! This week is a bit of a love story. Man finally meets the woman for him. They date for a year. He is so overwhelmed with the reality ...


Toldot 5761

Toldot 5761

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GOOD MORNING! One of the distinguishing features of human beings from other species is that we can talk. And one of the distinguishing features ...


Chayei Sarah 5761

Chayei Sarah 5761

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GOOD MORNING!  With what's going on in Israel, with the American elections and in everyone's individual lives, there is a lot of stress going ...


Vayeira 5761

Vayeira 5761

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GOOD MORNING! The Sages tell us that we should view our actions as if the scales are evenly balanced and whether we decide to do a Mitzvah or an ...


Lech Lecha 5761

Lech Lecha 5761

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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 ...


Noach 5761

Noach 5761

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GOOD MORNING!  I have been receiving many phone calls, emails and faxes asking, "Rabbi, what can we do to help Israel?" People can't sleep. We are ...


Bereishit 5761

Bereishit 5761

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GOOD MORNING!  This week's Torah portion Bereishit, Genesis, deals with the creation of the world. In the last 200 years the Story of Creation has ...


Ha'azinu 5761

Ha'azinu 5761

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GOOD MORNING! I hope you had a meaningful and enjoyable Rosh Hashana. On Rosh Hashana we are inscribed, hopefully, in the Book of Life. On Yom ...


Vayelech 5760

Vayelech 5760

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Friday evening, September 29th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Nitzavim 5760

Nitzavim 5760

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Friday evening, September 29th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


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