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Rabbi Kalman Packouz

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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 ...


Vayikra 5762

Vayikra 5762

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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 ...


Pekudei 5762

Pekudei 5762

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GOOD MORNING! The first Passover Seder is Wednesday night, March 27th - about three weeks away. What would make this Pesach different than all other ...


Vayakhel 5762

Vayakhel 5762

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GOOD MORNING! The first Passover Seder is Wednesday night, March 27th - about three weeks away. What would make this Pesach different than all other ...


Ki Tisa 5762

Ki Tisa 5762

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GOOD MORNING! I was so touched by the dedication of this week's edition, that I decided to share it with you up front (something I have never done ...


Tetzaveh 5762

Tetzaveh 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week, Monday night, February 25th, through all day Tuesday! The Fast of Esther is Monday, February 25th. I was ...


Trumah 5762

Trumah 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Here is the second part of Rabbi Noah Weinberg's article on "REPAIRING THE WORLD!" If you would like to see the whole article online, ...


Mishpatim 5762

Mishpatim 5762

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GOOD MORNING! I share with you an article by my teacher, Rabbi Noah Weinberg. I was very touched by it and hope it will give you food for thought. ...


Yitro 5762

Yitro 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Last week I mentioned the Miami multi-millionaire who is creating a foundation to find atheist solutions to the problems of society ...


Beshalach 5762

Beshalach 5762

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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 ...


Bo 5762

Bo 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Recently I read an article about a Miami multi-millionaire who is creating a foundation to find atheist solutions to the problems of ...


Va'eira 5762

Va'eira 5762

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GOOD MORNING! In this day and age, most Jews do not keep Kosher. Why not? Is it because we are more knowledgeable than our forbearers the past 3,000 ...


Shmot 5762

Shmot 5762

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GOOD MORNING! This past year I visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Being hungry, I stopped at the cafeteria and asked if they had ...


Vayechi 5762

Vayechi 5762

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GOOD MORNING! I have an amazing story to share with you! A rabbi in Dallas receives a phone call from a man wishing to make a contribution to his ...


Vayigash 5762

Vayigash 5762

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GOOD MORNING! We live in a time when stress and anxiety are the norm. Frustrations, worries, pressures, disappointments and regrets easily preoccupy ...


Mikeitz 5762

Mikeitz 5762

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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 ...


Vayeshev 5762

Vayeshev 5762

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GOOD MORNING! There is much confusion amongst Jews as to what we believe in as Jews. What are the essential Jewish beliefs? Actually, throughout the ...


Vayishlach 5762

Vayishlach 5762

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GOOD MORNING! A few weeks ago I asked why, in the Torah, we never heard again of Mamre (the friend of our forefather Abraham) who advised Abraham to ...


Vayetzei 5762

Vayetzei 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Jews have a reputation for answering a question with a question. Have you ever wondered why? Rather than answering with a question, ...


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