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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.

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, ...


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 ...