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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.


Chukat 5777

GOOD MORNING! Last week's story about testing the Almighty reminded me of the time I met with one...

Korach 5777

GOOD MORNING! I received a fascinating and bewildering response from a Shabbat Shalom supporter...

Shlach 5777

GOOD MORNING! This week I share with you three fascinating stories... and one question. Several...

Be'halot'cha 5777

GOOD MORNING! If you are Jewish, firstborn, male, whose parents are neither Cohanim or Levites and...

Naso 5777

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a group of students working diligently on the trait of humility...

Bamidbar 5777

GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evemening, May 30th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in...

Behar-Bechukotai 5777

GOOD MORNING! Who is the wise person? Our sage, Ben Zoma, tells us, "He who learns from all...

Emor 5777

GOOD MORNING! According to Jewish cosmology, the day begins with nightfall. That is why all...

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5777

GOOD MORNING! What is courage? The year is 1929. It's Friday, August 23rd. The Grand Mufti is...

Tazria-Metzora 5777

GOOD MORNING! The Talmud (Arakin 15b) tells us that Loshon Hora (literally: "evil speech"...

Shmini - 5777

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a man who asked Rabbi Yisroel Salanter a question. "Rebbie...

Pesach 5777

GOOD MORNING! Are you happy with who you are? Wish you could change, but don't know how? Wondering...

Tzav 5777

GOOD MORNING! What if there was a total eclipse of the moon Monday at 3 a.m., but Wednesday at 10...

Vayikra 5777

GOOD MORNING! Last time we explored the excuses for anti-Semitism; this week we'll look at the...

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777

GOOD MORNING! With so many anti-Semitic bomb threats, swastikas painted on buildings and keyed...

Ki Tisa 5777

GOOD MORNING! Our Sages instruct us to start preparing for a holiday 30 days in advance of the...

Tetzaveh 5777

GOOD MORNING! Were you ever interested in Kabbalah, mysticism? If there is a God, people would...

Trumah 5777

GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week -- Saturday night, March 11th, through all day Sunday....

Mishpatim 5777

GOOD MORNING! Ever wonder why you do not maintain a sense of happiness after finally obtaining a...

Yitro 5777

GOOD MORNING! My friend, Sunny Goldstein, of blessed memory, told me the story of a young man he...

Beshalach 5777

GOOD MORNING! Did you know that trees not only have anniversaries, they have their own New Year?...

Bo 5777

GOOD MORNING! One of the 6 Constant Mitzvot -- commandments that are incumbent upon us at all...

Va'eira 5777

GOOD MORNING! When my eldest son, Avraham, was 6 years old his friend desperately wanted him to...

Shmot 5777

GOOD MORNING! An atheist was visiting Scotland. While boating on the famed Loch Ness he sees a...

Vayechi 5777

GOOD MORNING! Recently a young lady lamented to me that she wished she could find a man of quality...

Vayigash 5777

GOOD MORNING! I once had the pleasure of attending a wedding in Jerusalem. It is the custom in...

Mikeitz 5777

GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Abraham Twerski points out in his Twerski on Chumash it is no coincidence that...

Vayeshev 5777

GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon, Saturday night, December 24th. It's a wonderful family...

Vayishlach 5777

GOOD MORNING! The Shabbat Shalom is available both by email and by fax. One day I received a...

Vayetzei 5777

GOOD MORNING! Until I was 22 years old and started to learn in a yeshiva, I always thought that...

Toldot 5777

GOOD MORNING! The Torah commands us, "Bind [these commandments] as a sign on your arm, and as...

Chayei Sarah 5777

GOOD MORNING! With the American holiday of Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought to share...

Vayeira 5777

GOOD MORNING! Have you ever fantasized on being a hero by saving someone's life? Ever imagined...

Lech Lecha 5777

GOOD MORNING! It was an awesome lightning storm in South Florida -- God's fireworks! For some...

Noach 5777

GOOD MORNING! This week's Torah portion is about Noah who built a life raft for humanity and the...

Bereishit 5777

GOOD MORNING! Is this life all there is -- or is there something beyond our earthly existence?...

Sukkot 5777

GOOD MORNING! Sunday evening, October 16th, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi...

Ha'azinu 5777

GOOD MORNING! Judaism has something for everyone. If you like to drink, we have Purim. If you like...

Vayelech 5777

A primer for Yom Kippur.

Nitzavim 5776

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Sunday evening, October 2nd! Many Jews all over the world are...

Ki Tavo 5776

GOOD MORNING! Do you know the two benefits for speaking to yourself? First, you get to speak to an...

Ki Tetzei 5776

GOOD MORNING! With Rosh HaShanah soon coming upon us, last week we began how to get your prayers...

Shoftim 5776

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana, is coming upon us in about a month (Oct. 2). With so many hours spent...

Re'eh 5776

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever want to meet the President of the United States? Unless you are a...

Ekev 5776

GOOD MORNING! There is a commandment in the Torah to give reproof. Maimonides, one of the great...

V'etchanan 5776

GOOD MORNING! Two weeks ago I shared the story of taking my son into a room to be spanked,...

Devarim 5776

GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of your life? For most of us, it is the day when someone...

Matot-Masay 5776

GOOD MORNING! When do you spank your child? When I grew up it was, "Wait until your father...

Pinchas 5776

GOOD MORNING! Once I was speaking to my son about the importance of judging people favorably. I...

Balak 5776

GOOD MORNING! The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris one Tisha B'av...

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