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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.

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 ...


Ki Tavo 5760

Ki Tavo 5760

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GOOD MORNING! You may or may not have ever heard of the Darwin Awards. They are given (usually post-humously) once a year to those people who have ...


Ki Tetzei 5760

Ki Tetzei 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Mazal Tov to Michael and Oralee Kanner, winners of the Polaroid Digital Camera donated by John Warren to encourage contributions. My ...


Shoftim 5760

Shoftim 5760

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GOOD MORNING! Summer is ending, school is starting and it's time to think about Rosh Hashanah! Q & A: WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE HEBREW MONTH OF ...


Re'eh 5760

Re'eh 5760

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GOOD MORNING! Two weeks ago on Tisha B'Av, my friend, Tuvia Chaim Ariel, passed away and was buried in Tekoah, a yishuv (settlement), in Israel. I ...


Ekev 5760

Ekev 5760

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GOOD MORNING! I hope you are enjoying a spectacular week. Perhaps the following will help! Q & A: WHAT IS THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS? Pirkei Avot, ...


V'etchanan 5760

V'etchanan 5760

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GOOD MORNING! The following quiz was sent to me by Larry Miller, a friend and supporter of Aish. I don't know who wrote it. I do know that it is ...


Devarim 5760

Devarim 5760

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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, even ...


Balak 5760

Balak 5760

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GOOD MORNING! We are about to enter the Three Weeks -- the period of time between the 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Av. (Tamuz 17 begins Wednesday ...


Chukat 5760

Chukat 5760

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GOOD MORNING! We are about to enter the Three Weeks -- the period of time between the 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Av. (Tamuz 17 begins Wednesday ...


Korach 5760

Korach 5760

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GOOD MORNING! Last week I included excerpts from The Bible For The Clueless But Curious (available in bookstores or by calling toll-free: ...


Matot 5760

Matot 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  I was particularly moved when I read the following piece by Rabbi Noah Weinberg, founder and head of Aish HaTorah. I thought that ...


Masay 5760

Masay 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  I was particularly moved when I read the following piece by Rabbi Noah Weinberg, founder and head of Aish HaTorah. I thought that ...


Pinchas 5760

Pinchas 5760

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GOOD MORNING! No words are strong enough to express the outrage of the despicable acts of arson and desecration in Israel lately. We, as a unified ...


Shlach 5760

Shlach 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  I am blessed with many wonderful colleagues in Aish HaTorah -- committed, intelligent, responsible, creative. Individuals dedicated ...


Be'halot'cha 5760

Be'halot'cha 5760

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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 ... it ...


Naso 5760

Naso 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Last week Rabbi Zelig Pliskin spoke on "Joy -- How to Energize Your Life" to a crowd of 400 people in Miami. Said one attendee, "He ...


Bamidbar 5760

Bamidbar 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  I don't think people realize how much their talking in synagogue upsets others. A man told me that he has a recurring fantasy -- he ...


Bechukotai 5760

Bechukotai 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  What if you're single, Jewish and want to meet someone Jewish -- or, you have a child or grandchild who you want to meet and marry ...


Behar 5760

Behar 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  It's good to have well-read readers; they keep you on track and honest. Reader M. E. Weisman writes that the piece on creating moms ...


Emor 5760

Emor 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  The time has come for another "Russin Appeal." No, not a Russian Appeal -- A Russin Appeal! You may remember last year that my ...


Kedoshim 5760

Kedoshim 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  The story is told of a rabbi, priest and minister who were discussing their problems. The priest laments that he is unable to rid the ...


Acharei Mot 5760

Acharei Mot 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  "So what's the answer?" asked the young man. "What's the question?", I responded. "What's the answer to the Freedom Game? Who is the ...


Metzora 5760

Metzora 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  A couple of years ago, after Pesach, I received a note from a young lady. She attended what she called a "Hurry up with the Haggadah ...


Tazria 5760

Tazria 5760

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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 ...


Shmini 5760

Shmini 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Thirty days before each holiday we are directed by the Sages to prepare for the holiday. We are now less than 30 days and closing ...


Tzav 5760

Tzav 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  I just love this piece and had to share it with you. Who amongst us appreciates the women in our lives sufficiently? Love is the ...


Vayikra 5760

Vayikra 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Purim is coming up next week, Monday night, March 20th through all day Tuesday! The Fast of Esther is Monday, March 20th. Q & A:  ...


Lech Lecha 5764

Lech Lecha 5764

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion, Avraham (Abraham) makes his ...


V'Zot HaBracha 5764

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Sukkot is the holiday of joy. One way to bring more joy ...


Noach 5764

Noach 5764

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! What is the value of an act of kindness? Several years ago ...


Bereishit 5764

Bereishit 5764

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! What is the value of keeping your word? What is the value ...


Sukkot 5764

Sukkot 5764

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The Torah Portion for Saturday, October 11 is that of Sukkot. Parshat V'Zot HaBracha will be read on Simchat Torah, which is on Sunday, October 19 ...


Ha'azinu 5764

Ha'azinu 5764

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! A friend once had a court case. The judge called for a ...


Rosh Hashanah 5764

Rosh Hashanah 5764

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins this Friday evening, September 26th. ...


Vayelech 5763

Vayelech 5763

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! A month ago I attended my 35th high school class reunion. ...


Ki Tavo 5763

Ki Tavo 5763

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! What does it mean to be the Chosen People? To many Jews it ...


Ki Tetzei 5763

Ki Tetzei 5763

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! My friend, Sunny Goldstein, told me the story of a young ...


Shoftim 5763

Shoftim 5763

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Did you ever want to meet the President of the United ...


Re'eh 5763

Re'eh 5763

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Imagine the situation - a young Jewish man, successful in ...


Ekev 5763

Ekev 5763

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V'etchanan 5763

V'etchanan 5763

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Devarim 5763

Devarim 5763

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Masay 5763

Masay 5763

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click on the button: GOOD MORNING! We are now up to $39,000 for helping the ...


Pinchas 5763

Pinchas 5763

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click on the button: GOOD MORNING! Thank you to everyone who contributed to help ...


Chukat 5763

Chukat 5763

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Gratitude is what distinguishes us as human beings. If the Shabbat Shalom has ever made you smile, gave you an insight into life or Torah ... or ...


Balak 5763

Balak 5763

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If you would like to support the Shabbat Shalom Weekly, please click on the button: This week, the Torah portion outside of Israel is both ...


Korach 5763

Korach 5763

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Gratitude is what distinguishes us as human beings. If the Shabbat Shalom has ever made you smile, gave you an insight into life or Torah ... or ...


Shlach 5763

Shlach 5763

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Gratitude is what distinguishes us as human beings. If the Shabbat Shalom has ever made you smile, gave you an insight into life or Torah ... or ...


Be'halot'cha 5763

Be'halot'cha 5763

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We are now in a campaign to sign up 1,000 Friends of Shabbat Shalom! The vitamin for friendship is B1 ... if the Shabbat Shalom has been a friend to ...


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