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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.

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 ...


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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