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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.

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 ...


Mishpatim 5759

Mishpatim 5759

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GOOD MORNING! An English professor wrote on the blackboard the words "WOMAN WITHOUT HER MAN IS NOTHING" and asked his students to punctuate it ...


Yitro 5759

Yitro 5759

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GOOD MORNING! When was the last time you read the Bible? When you were in Sunday School? Maybe you never read the Bible at all -- or maybe it ...


Beshalach 5760

Beshalach 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  One time while I lived in Israel I parked my car in front of Uri's Pizza to pick up two pies for my family. When I came out there ...


Bo 5760

Bo 5760

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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 ...


Va'eira 5760

Va'eira 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  A psychologist once said, "before I got married I didn't understand why there is so much child abuse; after I had children I ...


Shmot 5760

Shmot 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  I want to share with you a piece written by humorist Erma Bombeck that contains much wisdom and good advice. She wrote it shortly ...


Vayechi 5760

Vayechi 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Several people have asked me to comment on the turn of the millennium and the Y2K problem. First of all, the last year of the ...


Vayigash 5760

Vayigash 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  The story is told of a man who wanted to understand the Talmudic process of analysis ... so he asks his rabbi. The rabbi answers ...


Mikeitz 5760

Mikeitz 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  There are two ways to gain wisdom about life -- study revealed wisdom (the Torah) or look at life and distill the wisdom ...


Vayeshev 5760

Vayeshev 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Hanukah is coming soon! For me it's my favorite holiday. After we light the candles, we sing Maoz Tzur, eat jelly donuts, tell ...


Vayishlach 5760

Vayishlach 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Hanukah is coming soon! For me it's my favorite holiday. After we light the candles, we sing Maoz Tzur, eat jelly donuts, tell ...


Vayetzei 5760

Vayetzei 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  I had the good fortune to learn from the words and deeds of a great philosopher, Rabbi Noah Weinberg, head of Aish HaTorah. Whatever ...


Toldot 5760

Toldot 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  The story is told of a bookkeeper who, for fifty years, would walk into his office, sit at his desk and use the key on his watch fob ...


Chayei Sarah 5760

Chayei Sarah 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  A person is about as happy as he sets his mind to be. He can suffer the slings and arrows that life throws at him -- or he can ...


Vayeira 5760

Vayeira 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Ever think about what makes something humorous? I think it is the often sudden, often unexpected, often ironic revelation of ...


Lech Lecha 5760

Lech Lecha 5760

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GOOD MORNING!  Usually I write upbeat, uplifting pieces. I don't think there is anyway that this week's edition can be seen as uplifting. Important, ...


Noach 5760

Noach 5760

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GOOD MORNING!   Here is the result of the big drawing for the Polaroid PDC 620 Digital Camera -- my six year old, Mindy, pulled an envelope out of ...


Bereishit 5760

Bereishit 5760

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GOOD MORNING!   The other day a person was pouring out his heart to me, "I would like to believe in God, but it is so hard. How do I know that ...


Pekudei 5760

Pekudei 5760

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GOOD MORNING! I think just about everybody (including atheists) would love to talk with God ... if it were possible. Many people are a bit jaded ...


Tetzaveh 5759

Tetzaveh 5759

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GOOD MORNING! This week begins the 8th year of the Shabbat Shalom Fax and the Internet edition, (available by email by sending your request ...


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