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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.


Matot-Masay 5775

GOOD MORNING! When I first started learning in yeshiva in 1973 at the age of 23 there were very...

Pinchas 5775

GOOD MORNING! There are many things the nations of the world have called the Jewish people over...

Balak 5775

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

Chukat 5775

GOOD MORNING! Last week we completed the first section (The Nature of the Belief in God) of...

Korach 5775

GOOD MORNING! What are the core beliefs of Judaism? Throughout the ages the greatest of our sages...

Shlach 5775

GOOD MORNING! There is a very beautiful prayer we say every Yom Tov (holiday) before taking out...

Beha'alosecha 5775

Giving warmth and care to senior citizens.

Naso 5775

GOOD MORNING! What would you be willing to do to keep your spouse -- or yourself -- from falling...

Bamidbar 5775

GOOD MORNING! Saturday evening, May 23rd, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the...

Behar-Bechukotai 5775

GOOD MORNING! How does one figure out what he wants out of life, his purpose, what would truly...

Emor 5775

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

Tazria-Metzora 5775

GOOD MORNING! According to Google there are 4,200 religions in the world. Each one claims Divine...

Shemini 5775

GOOD MORNING! In a recent email I answered a "yes or no" question about Judaism -- and...

Pesach 5775

GOOD MORNING! Have you seen the one-minute movie "Google Exodus -- What if Moses had Facebook...

Tzav 5775

GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder what to give your wife? We live in such abundance that it is...

Vayikra 5775

GOOD MORNING! People often ask the question, "How do I know there is a God?" There are...

Vayakhel-Pekudei 5775

GOOD MORNING! Many Jewish holidays have been humorously described as: "They wanted to kill us...

Ki Tisa 5775

GOOD MORNING! Someone once said, "The problem with the rat race is that even if you win,...

Tetzaveh 5775

A short primer on Purim.

Trumah 5775

GOOD MORNING! Rabbi Eliezer Silver was a leader in Jewish Rescue during the Holocaust. After the...

Mishpatim 5775

GOOD MORNING! A Jewish soldier was dying on the beach during the invasion of Normandy. He calls to...

Yitro 5775

GOOD MORNING! Death is a very sad part of life. In our tradition, we sit Shiva ("shiva"...

Beshalach 5775

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

Bo 5775

GOOD MORNING! I was once conversing with a group of doctors when one of them asked me, "So,...

Va'eira 5775

GOOD MORNING! My father always says that "Free advice is worth what you pay for it". The...

Shmot 5775

GOOD MORNING! This week I would like to share with you a story. A few years ago a young man in...

Vayechi 5775

The basics of Jewish prayer.

Vayigash 5775

GOOD MORNING! Mark Twain wrote a fascinating article, "Concerning the Jews," in the...

Mikeitz 5775

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

Vayeshev 5775

GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is coming soon, Tuesday night, December 16th. It's a wonderful family...

Vayishlach 5775

GOOD MORNING! What would you say to stop someone from committing suicide? What would happen if...

Vayetzei 5775

GOOD MORNING! My heart aches from last week's terror attack in Israel. I share with you a response...

Toldot 5775

GOOD MORNING! How do you find the right person to marry? Traditionally, the Jewish people had an...

Chayei Sarah 5775

20 ways to connect to God.

Vayeira 5775

GOOD MORNING! In this week's Torah portion we have the marriage of Abraham and Sarah, one of the...

Lech Lecha 5775

GOOD MORNING! Not all people are intrinsically kind, but we can all work on being kinder -- with...

Noach 5775

GOOD MORNING! If you had one prayer that you wanted the Almighty to fulfill, what would it be?...

Bereishit 5775

GOOD MORNING! It makes sense that if there is a God Who created the world and created us for a...

Sukkot Chol Hamoed 5775

GOOD MORNING! Wednesday evening, October 8th, begins Sukkot (or Sukkos in the Ashkenazi...

Yom Kippur 5775

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

Ha'azinu 5775

GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, October 3rd. The story is told of a house painter...

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5774

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday evening, September 24th! Many Jews all over the world...

Ki Tavo 5774

GOOD MORNING! A few weeks ago many parts of the USA suffered torrential rain and flooding. One...

Ki Tetzei 5774

Enjoy Rabbi Kalman Packouz’s inspiring and insightful weekly column.

Shoftim 5774

GOOD MORNING! When I was in the Israeli army (I lived in Israel for 15 years before coming to...

Re'eh 5774

GOOD MORNING! Rosh Chodesh Elul, the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul will be August 26th and...

Ekev 5774

GOOD MORNING! A few years ago I was flying back to Miami from NY. I introduced myself to the woman...

V'etchanan 5774

GOOD MORNING! What is the strength of the Jewish people? It is our unity. Our love for one another...

Devarim 5774

GOOD MORNING! And the war continues in order to protect the people of Israel -- including Arabs --...

Masay 5774

GOOD MORNING! We who care about Israel are worried and wish that there is something that we can do...

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