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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.

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GOOD MORNING! An elderly rabbi was walking down the street in New York. A gust of wind blew off his big black hat and it went cascading down the ...


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Judging other people favorably.


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New year for the trees.


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Dreams of loving others.


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Who wrote the Torah?


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7 principles for trusting in God.


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GOOD MORNING! Have you ever felt the pain of being with a friend or relative who has had a stroke and not known what do to or say? Did you ever wish ...


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GOOD MORNING! What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? What goal would you set for yourself? Why don't we set high goals? Why do we quit on ...


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GOOD MORNING! Happy Hanukkah! I thought you might enjoy a perspective article written by my friend and colleague Rabbi Nachum Braverman, Aish ...


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GOOD MORNING! Hanukkah is coming soon -- the first night is Saturday, December 8th. It's a wonderful family holiday. After we light the candles, we ...


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Find out if you're reaching your goals.


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What is the essence of spirituality in Judaism?


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Isaac and Rebecca's son married outside the faith.


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GOOD MORNING! Would you have been taken in by Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme -- and if you recognized something funny was going on, would you have ...


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GOOD MORNING! Would you murder one person to save a million lives? What if that person were a 99 year old person who had already lived out the prime ...


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GOOD MORNING! What is the essence of friendship? Virtually all of us have people we enjoy being with and doing things with, but what is the ...


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GOOD MORNING! This week is Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi pronunciation). Next week comes Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah! What are they and ...


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GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion, Noah plants a grapevine shortly after leaving the ark. At his earliest possible convenience, he makes ...


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GOOD MORNING! Did God create the world or did it always exist? From the Torah the answer is clear, "In the beginning, God created the heaven ...


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GOOD MORNING! Judaism has something for everyone. If you like to drink, we have Purim. If you like asceticism or self-denial we have Yom Kippur. If ...


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GOOD MORNING! One of my favorite stories is of the house painter who deeply regretted stealing from his clients by diluting the paint, but charging ...


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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Sunday evening, September 16th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


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GOOD MORNING! Where were you on 9/11 when the airplanes hit the Twin Towers? There are very few events in a person's lifetime where one has vivid ...


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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever ask yourself, "What good is prayer? My prayers don't get answered!" If you have asked the question, then great! ...


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GOOD MORNING! A father of a teenager I knew had a beautiful 1965 Ford Galaxie convertible -- yellow with a black top. One day he asked his father ...


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GOOD MORNING! Shortly, it will be Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 18th and 19th), the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul. This means that there is one ...


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GOOD MORNING! Do you want to be happy? It's a silly question! It's what we all seek. However, we make mistakes going after comfort and indulgence ...


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GOOD MORNING! Want to try something fascinating? Ask a friend, "What should we do about the starvation in Somalia?" Chances are you'll get ...


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GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of your life? For most of us, it is the day when someone close to us passes away. For the Jewish people as a ...


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GOOD MORNING! Can you imagine 100,000 Orthodox Jews gathering in the MetLife stadium on August 1st -- and they're not there to see a baseball game? ...


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GOOD MORNING! What would you do if you had 450 people lined up outside your door -- each one wanting you to give money to his cause? It would be ...


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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B'av (the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, a day of ...


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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever notice that you don't like criticism? When someone criticizes us we tend to get defensive -- and then offensive. First, ...


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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever notice how many jokes there are about marriage? "What's the shortest sentence in the English language? 'I am.' What ...


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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever suspect that the media may be biased against Israel? However, did you think that perhaps you're over-reacting because ...


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GOOD MORNING! Years ago my 6 year old son was late for dinner. After frantically calling the neighbors in the building with kids his age, I finally ...


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GOOD MORNING! Once, while visiting people in the hospital, I met a man who was especially happy to see me. He told me, "You are the first rabbi ...


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GOOD MORNING! Saturday evening, May 26th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor is on Monday, ...


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