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Rabbi Kalman Packouz

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Be'halot'cha 5771

Be'halot'cha 5771

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GOOD MORNING! The story is told of a group of students working diligently on the trait of humility. A new student entered the study hall and saw the ...


Naso 5771

Naso 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Tuesday evening, June 7th, begins the two day holiday of Shavuot (or Shavuos in the Ashkenazic pronunciation). (Yizkor is on Thursday, ...


Bamidbar 5771

Bamidbar 5771

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GOOD MORNING! When are you allowed to lie? When my eldest son, Avraham, was 6 years old his friend desperately wanted him to come play at his house. ...


Bechukotai 5771

Bechukotai 5771

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GOOD MORNING! It has been said that "Education is what you have left after you forget everything you've learned." Our goal in life is to ...


Behar 5771

Behar 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Is this life all that there is -- or is there something beyond our earthly existence? Does it make a difference what you do in this ...


Emor 5771

Emor 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever get into an argument with someone - and then wondered in retrospect how your discussion turned into an emotional ...


Kedoshim 5771

Kedoshim 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Are you happy with who you are? Wish you could change, but don't know how? How does one change? The formula is straightforward: (1) ...


Pesach 5771

Pesach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Until I was 22 years old and started to learn in a yeshiva, I always thought that there were only 10 Commandments. I was surprised to ...


Acharei Mot 5771

Acharei Mot 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Have you seen the new one-minute movie "Google Exodus - What if Moses had Facebook?" Check it out on Aish.com! Now is the ...


Metzora 5771

Metzora 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Would you like to have better relationships, create peace and make a better world? The place to start is by elevating your speech - ...


Tazria 5771

Tazria 5771

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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 ...


Shmini 5771

Shmini 5771

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GOOD MORNING! A few years ago I received a very interesting email from Micha Males. He asked for my help - and the help of thousands of others as ...


Tzav 5771

Tzav 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Did God actually speak to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai - or was it the biggest hoax and snow job in history? Here's what the Torah ...


Vayikra 5771

Vayikra 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Purim is coming up next week - Saturday night, March 19th, through all day Sunday (except in those places noted below)! Purim is the ...


Pekudei 5771

Pekudei 5771

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GOOD MORNING! While studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, I took a political science course from a professor who started each class ...


Vayakhel 5771

Vayakhel 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Have you ever read about people seeking to have their dog covered under their medical insurance as their partner or significant other? ...


Ki Tisa 5771

Ki Tisa 5771

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GOOD MORNING! An atheist was visiting Scotland. While boating on the famed Loch Ness he sees a giant slithering eel-like creature undulating through ...


Tetzaveh 5771

Tetzaveh 5771

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GOOD MORNING! A young man visited his guru before leaving the ashram in India for America. "O Guru," asks the young man, "What is ...


Trumah 5771

Trumah 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What do you think is the first question that you will be asked in the World to Come? The Talmud, Shabbat 31a tells us that the very ...


Mishpatim 5771

Mishpatim 5771

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GOOD MORNING! How would you feel if you won the lottery? Most people would feel elated - one of the best days of their life! Why? In truth, nothing ...


Yitro 5771

Yitro 5771

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GOOD MORNING! When is the New Year? Would you be surprised to know that there are 4 New Years in the Jewish calendar - and Thursday, January 20th is ...


Beshalach 5771

Beshalach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What is free will? It is not deciding whether you want chocolate or vanilla ice cream. That is weighing your desires. It is not ...


Bo 5771

Bo 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Were you ever caught up in your own angst that you failed to see the bigger picture? I would like to share with you one of my ...


Va'eira 5771

Va'eira 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What do non-Orthodox Jews think about Orthodox Jews? While there are probably as many opinions as there are Jews, a fairly common ...


Shmot 5771

Shmot 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What are the qualities that make a leader? This week we start the Book of Exodus which includes the story of Moshe (Moses), a ...


Vayechi 5771

Vayechi 5771

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GOOD MORNING! This past week I had a fascinating experience. I asked a supporter of the Shabbat Shalom for $1,800 - and he laughed. In my experience ...


Vayigash 5771

Vayigash 5771

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GOOD MORNING! "What is the shortest sentence in the English language? I am. What is the longest sentence? I do." "Marriage is like a ...


Mikeitz 5771

Mikeitz 5771

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GOOD MORNING! I once went to a tailor in Singapore to make a suit. He asked me, "What would you like?" I told him, "a double-breasted ...


Vayeshev 5771

Vayeshev 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Hanukah is - the first night is Wednesday, December 1st. It's a wonderful family holiday. After we light the candles, we sing Maoz ...


Vayishlach 5771

Vayishlach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What is the absolute minimum "quality of life" where life is still worthwhile? Perhaps the following true story will give ...


Vayetzei 5771

Vayetzei 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Why are the Jewish people called "Yehudim"? When our matriarch, Leah, gave birth to her fourth child she called him ...


Toldot 5771

Toldot 5771

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GOOD MORNING! How do you know whether or not you should marry a person? Many people go by their "gut feelings." The problem is - sometimes ...


Chayei Sarah 5771

Chayei Sarah 5771

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GOOD MORNING! A young religious man, Shmuel, lived with his wife and children in an apartment in a poor section of Jerusalem. One day a ...


Vayeira 5771

Vayeira 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder if there is more to life than just your physical self - whether or not you have a soul? Ever wonder what made us ...


Lech Lecha 5771

Lech Lecha 5771

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GOOD MORNING! I once saw a bumper sticker: "Hug Your Kids at Home; Belt Them in the Car". Obviously, the bumper sticker is a safety ...


Noach 5771

Noach 5771

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GOOD MORNING! This week's Torah portion is Noah - the story of the world being destroyed by a flood because of the way people treated each other ...


Bereishit 5771

Bereishit 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Have you heard the one about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac? He stays up all night wondering whether or not there is a dog. We know ...


Sukkot 5771

Sukkot 5771

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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 ...


Yom Kippur 5771

Yom Kippur 5771

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GOOD MORNING! Yom Kippur begins Friday evening, September 17th. The story is told of a house painter who deeply regretted stealing from his clients ...


Ha'azinu 5771

Ha'azinu 5771

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GOOD MORNING! What would it take for the Almighty to forgive your transgressions? Wednesday, September 8th begins Rosh Hashana -and ten days later, ...


Nitzavim-Vayelech 5770

Nitzavim-Vayelech 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday evening, September 8th! Many Jews all over the world are rushing to make sure that they have places ...


Ki Tavo 5770

Ki Tavo 5770

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GOOD MORNING! How do you get the most out of your life and make the most of your life? It all depends on setting priorities and goals, making ...


Ki Tetzei 5770

Ki Tetzei 5770

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GOOD MORNING! There's an old Jewish saying that "If one person calls you a donkey, ignore him. If two people call you a donkey ... buy a ...


Shoftim 5770

Shoftim 5770

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GOOD MORNING! I recently received 2 emails. The first contained an article on Warren Buffet's incredibly laudable and applaudable pledge to ...


Re'eh 5770

Re'eh 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever want to meet the President of the United States? Unless you are a foreign dignitary or a very generous contributor, ...


Ekev 5770

Ekev 5770

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GOOD MORNING! Did you ever wonder what really distinguishes a human being from an animal? Every human has four deep seated needs ...


V'etchanan

V'etchanan

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GOOD MORNING! Life is filled with challenges and difficulties in getting along with others - family, friends, fellow workers. How can ...


Devarim 5770

Devarim 5770

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GOOD MORNING! What is the saddest day of a person's life? Most likely it is the death of one of his closest relatives - father, mother, ...


Matot-Masay 5770

Matot-Masay 5770

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GOOD MORNING! There is one guarantee for every one of us in life - we are going to die. (Though it sounds so final, don't worry - our ...


Pinchas 5770

Pinchas 5770

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GOOD MORNING! There are many things the nations of the world have called the Jewish people over the millennium. However, even those who ...


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