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Rabbi Kalman Packouz

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Toldot 5762

Toldot 5762

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GOOD MORNING! My father always says that "Free advice is worth what you pay for it." Here is an exception to that rule. The following is adapted ...


Chayei Sarah 5762

Chayei Sarah 5762

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GOOD MORNING! When I was once in Singapore, I read an article in the Straits Times, dateline India, about a curious incident. It seems that there ...


Vayeira 5762

Vayeira 5762

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GOOD MORNING! A father was reading a Torah story to his young son. He read, "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, ...


Lech Lecha 5762

Lech Lecha 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Not long ago an Aish colleague and friend, Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt, lost his young and beloved wife, Elana. She was an inspiration to ...


Noach 5762

Noach 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Our 3,300 year old heritage contains tremendous wisdom about life and success in life. One just needs to look and to take it to heart. ...


Bereishit 5762

Bereishit 5762

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GOOD MORNING! Amongst the thousands of young men and women who come to Aish HaTorah's World Center in the Old City of Jerusalem overlooking the ...


Ha'azinu 5762

Ha'azinu 5762

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GOOD MORNING! There are many ways of viewing the passage of time. There is the historical timeline presenting events in a chronological order. There ...


Vayelech 5762

Vayelech 5762

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GOOD MORNING! I am still in a daze from last week's events. With Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur coming upon us, one question we should be asking ...


Nitzavim 5761

Nitzavim 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins this Monday evening, September 17. I have been trying to think of what would help make this Rosh Hashana more ...


Ki Tavo 5761

Ki Tavo 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Monday evening, September 17th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Ki Tetzei 5761

Ki Tetzei 5761

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GOOD MORNING! What is a friend? If your best friend called you in the middle of the night that he got out of control and killed someone ... would ...


Balak 5761

Balak 5761

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GOOD MORNING! Mazal Tov to Barry and Tova Kohn, winners of the Polaroid Digital camera in the Donors Envelope Raffle! We are about to enter the ...


Chukat 5761

Chukat 5761

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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 ...


Shoftim 5761

Shoftim 5761

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GOOD MORNING! English is often a very strange, even perplexing language only surpassed in confusion by its spelling! Are you ready for a mental ...


Vayakhel 5760

Vayakhel 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Two years ago my close friend and tzaddik, Jerry Burstyn, passed from this world. In Pirke Avos, Ethics of our Fathers, a rabbi ...


Ki Tisa 5760

Ki Tisa 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  One last thought on anti-Semitism. We have investigated the cause of anti-Semitism -- what is the solution to anti-Semitism? We ...


Tetzaveh 5760

Tetzaveh 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Last week we explored the excuses for anti-Semitism; this week we'll look at the reason. Anti-Semitism is unique amongst the ...


Trumah 5759

Trumah 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Perhaps with Purim coming up I can justify to myself the space to share with you the following two humorous pieces. Please, do NOT ...


Trumah 5760

Trumah 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  It has been said that the history of almost all of the Jewish holidays can be summed up succinctly: "They wanted to kill us; we ...


Beshalach 5759

Beshalach 5759

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GOOD MORNING! It's time for the annual Superbowl joke! A man attending the Superbowl sat next to an empty seat. Incredulously, he asked the woman ...


Bo 5759

Bo 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Last week's edition spoke about success not being synonymous with wealth. There is more to life than having a lot of money. (By the ...


Shmot 5759

Shmot 5759

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GOOD MORNING! A fellow was so inspired by the story two week's back of the young boy's honesty in paying his bus fare, that it helped him deal with ...


Vayechi 5759

Vayechi 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Ever wonder why you do not maintain a sense of happiness after finally obtaining a material goal? Mel Fisher, the treasurer hunter ...


Vayigash 5759

Vayigash 5759

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GOOD MORNING!  My children brought home from the Yeshiva Elementary School on Miami Beach a worksheet on Kiddush HaShem, Sanctifying G-d's name, ...


Mikeitz 5759

Mikeitz 5759

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GOOD MORNING!  As a Hanukah gift to you, my beloved readers, I present an article on "The Spirit of Hanukah" by a most-gifted writer, Rabbi Nachum ...


Vayetzei 5759

Vayetzei 5759

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"Friendship is one heart in two bodies." Ibn Ezra (Torah commentator) I will always remember that night. It was bitterly cold. The front door of our ...


Toldot 5759

Toldot 5759

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"Friendship is one heart in two bodies." Ibn Ezra (Torah commentator) I will always remember that night. It was bitterly cold. The front door of our ...


Vayeira 5759

Vayeira 5759

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GOOD MORNING! The other day it happened again. An elderly man felt the compulsion to tell me that he was brought up Orthodox, but that he was no ...


Lech Lecha 5759

Lech Lecha 5759

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"Friendship is one heart in two bodies." Ibn Ezra (Torah commentator) I will always remember that night. It was bitterly cold. The front door of our ...


Noach 5759

Noach 5759

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"Friendship is one heart in two bodies." Ibn Ezra (Torah commentator) I will always remember that night. It was bitterly cold. The front door of our ...


Mishpatim 5760

Mishpatim 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  I was suspect that the Beauty Tips were not really from Audrey Hepburn. Fortunately, a reader wrote in with the following news: ...


Bereishit 5759

Bereishit 5759

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GOOD MORNING!  With tremendous gratitude to the Almighty and deep appreciation for my wife, Shoshana, it is my pleasure to share with you the ...


Vayelech 5759

Vayelech 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Friday evening, September 10th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Nitzavim 5759

Nitzavim 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Friday evening, September 10th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Ki Tavo 5759

Ki Tavo 5759

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GOOD MORNING!  As we approach Rosh Hashanah (Sunday night, September 20th), each of us must make our own accounting with ourselves. What are we ...


Ki Tetzei 5759

Ki Tetzei 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Here is a fascinating question -- What is the essence of friendship? It is probably fair to say that most people have many friends -- ...


Shoftim 5759

Shoftim 5759

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GOOD MORNING! When I was in the Israeli army (I lived in Israel for 15 years before coming to Miami 9 years ago), I was posted to a tank base and ...


Re'eh 5759

Re'eh 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Two weeks ago I had as the Quote of the Week: "It's good to know the law, it's better to know the Judge." I received a thoughtful ...


Ekev 5759

Ekev 5759

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GOOD MORNING! One of the most impressive parts of a Torah way of life, is the body of laws governing relationships between people, and none are ...


V'etchanan 5759

V'etchanan 5759

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GOOD MORNING! For the past several thousand years Jews -- and the majority of the world's non-Jewish population -- believed that God gave the Torah ...


Devarim 5759

Devarim 5759

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GOOD MORNING! I received the following beautiful piece from Nestor Gorfinkel. I have adapted it. INSIGHTS FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE The Best Day:  ...


Masay 5759

Masay 5759

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of lunch time at a construction site. A new worker opens up his lunch pail and says, "Yuck. A salami sandwich. I ...


Matot 5759

Matot 5759

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of lunch time at a construction site. A new worker opens up his lunch pail and says, "Yuck. A salami sandwich. I ...


Pinchas 5759

Pinchas 5759

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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 ...


Balak 5759

Balak 5759

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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 Friday ...


Chukat 5759

Chukat 5759

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GOOD MORNING!  Recently I heard a story. It gave such a tremendous insight into life that I knew that I had to share it with you. A high school ...


Korach 5759

Korach 5759

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GOOD MORNING!  Almost every single person I meet is looking for a meaningful and permanent relationship. Some have given up. Many are confused. ...


Shlach 5759

Shlach 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Oftentimes people ask me, "Where is the spirituality in Judaism?" People want to transcend the mundane, to connect with God, to be ...


Be'halot'cha 5759

Be'halot'cha 5759

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GOOD MORNING! This coming Shabbat is the Bar Mitzvah of my third son, Hizkiyahu. I can't begin to describe the pleasure I have in this boy and ...


Bamidbar 5759

Bamidbar 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Recently my friend and one of my co-directors of the Jerusalem Fund, Richard Boruch Rabinowitz, was talking with John Kluge, ...


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