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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.

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, ...


Yitro 5760

Yitro 5760

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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 ...


Bechukotai 5759

Bechukotai 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Every human being on this planet has someone who s/he disagrees with -- a spouse, a parent, a child, a boss, an employee. It is ...


Behar 5759

Behar 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Every human being on this planet has someone who s/he disagrees with -- a spouse, a parent, a child, a boss, an employee. It is ...


Emor 5759

Emor 5759

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GOOD MORNING! I want to thank my friend Larry Rothenberg, creator of Dov Bears (kinda like beanie baby bears...) for making an Aish Bear to ...


Kedoshim 5759

Kedoshim 5759

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GOOD MORNING! The different natures of children are fascinating. I have one child who, when given a piece of candy, will ask before eating it, ...


Acharei Mot 5759

Acharei Mot 5759

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GOOD MORNING! The different natures of children are fascinating. I have one child who, when given a piece of candy, will ask before eating it, ...


Metzora 5759

Metzora 5759

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GOOD MORNING! I have been waiting several months for the start of baseball season to share this one with you. Do you know the SIX ways to get ...


Tazria 5759

Tazria 5759

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GOOD MORNING! I have been waiting several months for the start of baseball season to share this one with you. Do you know the SIX ways to get ...


Shmini 5759

Shmini 5759

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GOOD MORNING! Now is an important time to pray for world peace. The people of Kosovo certainly need our prayers ... as do the people of ...


Tzav 5759

Tzav 5759

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GOOD MORNING! I was discussing with my friend, Dr. David Russin, the need to obtain funds to cover expenses and expansion for the Shabbat ...


Vayikra 5759

Vayikra 5759

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GOOD MORNING! I suggested in the last Fax using props -- such as frogs to throw during mention of the plague of frogs and Ping-Pong balls to ...


Pekudei 5759

Pekudei 5759

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GOOD MORNING! I saw the following "Refrigerator Piece" on ... a refrigerator in Atlanta. It used to be entitled "101 Ways to Love Your ...


Vayakhel 5759

Vayakhel 5759

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GOOD MORNING! I saw the following "Refrigerator Piece" on ... a refrigerator in Atlanta. It used to be entitled "101 Ways to Love Your ...


Ki Tisa 5759

Ki Tisa 5759

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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 30 days and closing on ...


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