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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.

Vayechi 5773

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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 ...


Vayigash 5773

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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 ...


Mikeitz 5773

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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 ...


Vayeshev 5773

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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 ...


Vayishlach 5773

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Find out if you're reaching your goals.


Vayetzei 5773

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What is the essence of spirituality in Judaism?


Toldot 5773

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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 ...


Vayeira 5773

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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 ...


Lech Lecha 5773

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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 ...


Noach 5773

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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 ...


Vayelech 5773

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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 ...


Nitzavim 5772

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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 ...


Ki Tavo 5772

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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 ...


Ki Tetzei 5772

Ki Tetzei 5772

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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 ...


Re'eh 5772

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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 ...


V'etchanan 5772

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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 ...


Devarim 5772

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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 ...


Chukat 5772

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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, ...


Korach 5772

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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 ...


Shlach 5772

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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 ...


Be'halot'cha 5772

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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 ...


Naso 5772

Naso 5772

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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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GOOD MORNING! In about two weeks (starting Saturday night, May 26th) is Shavuos, the holiday celebrating the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. In ...


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GOOD MORNING! A woman once asked a perplexing question to Rabbi Ya'akov Weinberg, of blessed memory, who was the Rosh HaYeshiva (Dean) of Yeshivat ...


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GOOD MORNING! Last week I wrote about the Torah laws governing speech and about the importance of judging someone favorably even though ...


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GOOD MORNING! What common everyday occurrence kills 3 people with one action? The Talmud (Arakin 15b) tells us that Loshon Hora -- derogatory or ...


Shmini 5772

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GOOD MORNING! Imagine the scene -- a young man intently gazes into the eyes of a beautiful young woman and with great feeling says, "I love ...


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GOOD MORNING! Are you happy with who you are? Wish you could change, but don't know how? Wondering how does one make real changes? The formula is ...


Pesach 5772

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GOOD MORNING! An elderly American was waiting in line for Passport Control at Charles de Gaulle Airport. While fumbling for his passport, the ...


Tzav 5772

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GOOD MORNING! Have you seen the one-minute movie "Google Exodus -- What if Moses had Facebook?" See it ... as well as read great articles ...


Vayikra 5772

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GOOD MORNING! Many Jewish holidays have been humorously described as: "They wanted to kill us. We won. Let's eat." If you'd like to have ...


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GOOD MORNING! Fourteen years ago my close friend and tzaddik, Jerry Burstyn, passed from this world. This coming week is his yahrzeit, the ...


Ki Tisa 5772

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder how prayer works? If God is all-knowing, all-powerful and good -- then He knows what I need and will give it to ...


Tetzeveh 5772

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GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week -- Wednesday night, March 7th, through all day Thursday. Purim is the holiday that reminds us that God ...


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GOOD MORNING! Were you ever interested in Kabbalah, mysticism? If there is a God, people would love to have a spiritual connection, a feeling of awe ...


Mishpatim 5772

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GOOD MORNING! When do we stop blaming others for our failures and start taking responsibility for our own lives? My friend, Sunny Goldstein, told ...


Yitro 5772

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GOOD MORNING! Can you imagine celebrating a New Year for trees? Jews do -- and have for thousands of years. Wednesday, February 8th is Tu B'Shevat ...


Beshalach 5772

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GOOD MORNING! It's time for the annual Super Bowl joke! During the game, a man turns to the lady on his left and says, "You and I are sitting ...


Bo 5772

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GOOD MORNING! Would you like to try an experiment? Think of the following words and conjure an image -- Ultra-Reform Jew. Got the image? ...


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GOOD MORNING! Four elderly ladies were sitting in silence around a card table at the Jewish retirement home. One lady sighs, "Oy". The ...