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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.

Mishpatim 5763

Mishpatim 5763

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If you would like to contribute towards the continuation of this weekly series, please click here: GOOD MORNING! There is an old Jewish story about ...


Yitro 5763

Yitro 5763

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If you would like to contribute towards the continuation of this weekly series, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Well, we now have an Israeli in ...


Beshalach 5763

Beshalach 5763

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If you would like to contribute towards the continuation of this weekly series, please click here: GOOD MORNING! One of the 613 categories of ...


Bo 5763

Bo 5763

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If you would like to contribute towards the continuation of this weekly series, please click here: GOOD MORNING! What is success in life? Many ...


Va'eira 5763

Va'eira 5763

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If you would like to contribute towards the continuation of this weekly series, please click here: GOOD MORNING! My heartfelt thanks to everyone ...


Shmot 5763

Shmot 5763

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If you would like to contribute towards the continuation of this weekly series, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Years ago my 6 year old son was ...


Vayechi 5763

Vayechi 5763

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If you would like to contribute towards the continuation of this weekly series, please click here: GOOD MORNING! Everyone loves a story -- ...


Vayigash 5763

Vayigash 5763

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If you would like to contribute towards the continuation of this weekly series, please click here: GOOD MORNING! If the comedian, Jackie Mason, ...


Mikeitz 5763

Mikeitz 5763

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GOOD MORNING! I once went to a tailor in Singapore to make a suit. He asked me, "What would you like?" I told him, "a double-breasted suit." He ...


Vayeshev 5763

Vayeshev 5763

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GOOD MORNING! Happy Hanukah! The first candle is lit before sunset (and before Shabbat candles) this coming Friday, November 29th. I thought you ...


Vayishlach 5763

Vayishlach 5763

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GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon - the first night is Friday, November 29th (be sure to light before sunset!). It's a wonderful family holiday. ...


Vayetzei 5763

Vayetzei 5763

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GOOD MORNING! Every day we make decisions, we react, we interact, we do acts of kindness. Oftentimes we don't even remember our acts of kindness and ...


Toldot 5763

Toldot 5763

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GOOD MORNING! Once, while visiting people in the hospital, I met a man who was especially happy to see me. He told me, "You are the first rabbi I ...


Chayei Sarah 5763

Chayei Sarah 5763

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GOOD MORNING! Almost every day Israel is under attack. Jews are murdered and injured. What are we doing about it? What can we do about it? We can be ...


Vayeira 5763

Vayeira 5763

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GOOD MORNING! At a Simcha (a religious celebration - for example, a wedding or Bar Mitzvah) a man asked me if I was a doctor. Feeling witty, I ...


Lech Lecha 5763

Lech Lecha 5763

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GOOD MORNING! How do you know that you have a soul? Have you asked yourself that question - or have you taken it for granted that you do (or ...


Noach 5763

Noach 5763

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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 ...


V'Zot HaBracha 5763

V'Zot HaBracha 5763

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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 ...


Bereishit 5763

Bereishit 5763

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a gorilla which escaped from the zoo. They searched everywhere for it. Finally, they found the gorilla sitting in ...


Sukkot 5763

Sukkot 5763

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GOOD MORNING! We just commemorated the anniversary of the tragedies on September 11, 2001. What particularly intrigued me were two small articles I ...


Ha'azinu 5763

Ha'azinu 5763

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GOOD MORNING! A friend once had a court case. The judge called for a lunch recess, but there wasn't enough time to go to a restaurant. My friend and ...


Rosh Hashanah 5763

Rosh Hashanah 5763

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins this Friday evening, September 6th. Perhaps you know someone who doesn't find services inspirational, uplifting, ...


Vayelech 5762

Vayelech 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Friday evening, September 6th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Nitzavim 5762

Nitzavim 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Friday evening, September 6th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Ki Tavo 5762

Ki Tavo 5762

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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 ...


Ki Tetzei 5762

Ki Tetzei 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Recently I purchased an Eveready pen flashlight. I was fascinated by the warning on the package: "If swallowed, promptly see doctor; ...


Shoftim 5762

Shoftim 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Recently, I came across an Aish Wallet Wisdom Card from our SpeedDating Division which I want to share with you. It's perfect for the ...


Re'eh 5762

Re'eh 5762

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


Ekev 5762

Ekev 5762

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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 ...


V'etchanan 5762

V'etchanan 5762

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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 say?" ...


Devarim 5762

Devarim 5762

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GOOD MORNING! It looks like the "Don't Be a Quidnunc" bumper sticker campaign is not going to be the new "Pet Rock" fad. I do want to thank the ...


Matot 5762

Matot 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever come across the word "quidnunc"? If not, I am not surprised. In the last 6 weeks, I have not met one person who had ever ...


Pinchas 5762

Pinchas 5762

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of two men visiting New York City for the first time who come across two Jews wearing long black coats, ...


Balak 5762

Balak 5762

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This week, the Torah portion outside of Israel is both Parshat Chukat and Parshat Balak. The Torah portion read in Israel is Parshat Balak. GOOD ...


Chukat 5762

Chukat 5762

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This week, the Torah portion outside of Israel is both Parshat Chukat and Parshat Balak. The Torah portion read in Israel is Parshat Balak. GOOD ...


Korach 5762

Korach 5762

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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 ...


Shlach 5762

Shlach 5762

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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 ...


Be'halot'cha 5762

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GOOD MORNING! I know a person who, as a child, didn't like to make his bed. Every day when he came home from school there would be a note on his ...


Naso 5762

Naso 5762

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If you would like to contribute towards the continuation of this weekly series: GOOD MORNING! Recently, I was asked by Shabbat Shalom ...


Shavuot 5762

Shavuot 5762

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GOOD MORNING! For 3,300 years the Jewish people have believed that over 3 million Jews stood at Mt. Sinai when the Almighty gave us the Torah. That ...


Bamidbar 5762

Bamidbar 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Thursday evening, May 16th, begins the two-day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor, by the way, ...


Bechukotai 5762

Bechukotai 5762

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GOOD MORNING! What is a miracle? Here is a story based on an article by Moshe Schapiro appearing on April 19th in Yated Ne'eman, a Jewish newspaper ...


Behar 5762

Behar 5762

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GOOD MORNING! What is a miracle? Here is a story based on an article by Moshe Schapiro appearing on April 19th in Yated Ne'eman, a Jewish newspaper ...


Emor 5762

Emor 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Last week I participated in the Washington Solidarity Rally for Israel. I made a poster with my friend, Michael Gerson (a professional ...


Kedoshim 5762

Kedoshim 5762

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GOOD MORNING! What more can we do to help our fellow Jews and Israel? There are rallies in many locations and people are meeting to plan out a ...


Acharei Mot 5762

Acharei Mot 5762

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GOOD MORNING! What more can we do to help our fellow Jews and Israel? There are rallies in many locations and people are meeting to plan out a ...


Metzora 5762

Metzora 5762

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Due to the Passover Vacation, the Torah Portion for Parshat Shmini was not posted until the end of last week. We are therefore repeating the opening ...


Tazria 5762

Tazria 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Mazal tov to Ellen Tilles on winning the Digital Player in the donor's raffle! I have a fascinating story for you this week from ...


Shmini 5762

Shmini 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Recently I attended a gathering to find practical efforts to help Israel. It was a wonderful program and I hope other communities will ...


Tzav 5762

Tzav 5762

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GOOD MORNING! My heartfelt thanks to those of my beloved readers who responded to my recent request for support. Your help makes a big difference in ...